According to artists and visitors, the Midsummer Festival of the Arts becomes more wonderful each year. This year, festivalgoers can look forward to a thrilling display of steamroller printmaking by artist-in-residence Joseph Velasquez in addition to the superb artists booths, delightful hands-on activities, and marvelous free concerts.
Among the 135 artists showing their work will be familiar and new faces from throughout the U.S. Paintings, photographs, furniture, jewelry, wearables, wood carvings, ceramics, glass, leather goods, sculptures, textiles, toys, and more will be presented for purchase. Food vendors will offer a wide range of fare, from Sheboygan County’s famous bratwurst to ethnic cuisines and ice cream. The lawn on the west side of 7th Street at New York Avenue will be the place to enjoy terrific music by nationally acclaimed bands and inspiring local musicians. The Carnival of Ink, part of Connecting Communities’ “Mysteries and Myths of Lake Michigan” project, will add to the fun with displays of prints created by community participants and the creation of large-scale prints using a steamroller.
If you want to beat the crowds and purchase art in a more relaxed atmosphere, participate in the Art Patron program, which offers a special opportunity to connect with artists. Art Patrons enjoy breakfast with Arts Center board members and Director Ruth Kohler on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.