Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! celebrates 20 years
WILLMAR — Despite being moved indoors because of the threat of inclement weather, a good crowd attended the 20th annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival Saturday in Willmar.
Visual artists from around the region had their artwork for sale while free music and hands-on arts and crafts activities were offered to people of all ages.
Sponsored by the Willmar Area Arts Council, the event featured artwork of nearly 20 artists, including painters, potters, wood carvers, doll makers, photographers and jewelers.
With a collection of her quirky dolls dubbed the "World of Wise Women" on display, Joan Rydberg of St. Cloud demonstrated how she sculpts the faces of her unique dolls.
Other artists took time to explain their artwork to people who were window shopping and making purchases.
Deb Connolly, a painter from Danvers, received the award for best overall body of work during the show.
A number of free activities were available including face-painting, having your likeness depicted in a caricature, making crafts and trying a hand at different musical instruments provided by Whitney Music.
A steady line of kids waited to have their faces painted by Monica Villars or to receive a balloon character made by Jim and Marilynn Tiede.
Live music performances were also presented, including the Mill Pond Jazz Quartet and the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra.
Usually the event is held outdoors on Becker Avenue in downtown Willmar. The decision was made mid-week to hold it indoors at Kennedy Elementary School because rain was in the forecast.