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Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! celebrates 20 years

Carolyn Lange / Tribune Pat Erdman, right, of Willmar, talks with artist Deb Connolly of Danvers during the Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival Saturday. Connolly received the show's award for the best overall body of work.1 / 6
Carolyn Lange / Tribune Joan Rydberg sculpts a face for her collection of quirky dolls, called the "World of Wise Women," Saturday at Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!2 / 6
Carolyn Lange / Tribune Local artwork was featured Saturday during the 20th annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival.3 / 6
Carolyn Lange / Tribune Willmar artist Monica Villars gives Elizabeth Holien, 13, of Atwater a work of art on her cheek during the Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival. The 20th annual event was held Saturday at the Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. 4 / 6
Carolyn Lange / Tribune Hands-on art activities for all ages was offered free-of-charge Saturday during the annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival in Willmar. Jim and Marilynn Tiede of Willmar made balloon animals for the kids.5 / 6
Carolyn Lange / Tribune Kari Barchenger of Fargo, N.D., arranges her artwork Saturday during the 20th annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival.6 / 6

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.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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