Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is pleased to present the 41st Annual Arts Festival for the community on Sunday, July 19th from 10am until 4pm. The festival is in Riverside Park, directly across the street from the museum. It will feature fine arts and crafts from more than 65 regional artists working in a variety of media. Artists will display work for sale in two and three-dimensional categories including, glass, jewelry, prints, pottery, metal sculpture and others.
Again this year there will be children’s activities and a caricature artist for festival goers to enjoy. The Lamer’s trolley will be offering free rides to the festival from the library and city hall parking lots in downtown Neenah between the hours of 10am and 4:30pm.
Festival goers can enjoy live music and refreshments on the lakeside lawn of the museum from 11-6pm at the beer and wine garden. “Wifee and the Huzz Band” will play from noon until 5pm. There is no cover charge.
The judges for the festival this year are Jan and Lloyd Hughes. Lloyd, who has a lifelong interest in the arts, served on the museum board for over ten years in positions of secretary, vice president and president.
Jan studied ceramics at Maria Grey College Twickenham, England before coming to the US and serving as Executive Director of Appleton Arts Center (AAC) for ten years until 1997. While in South Africa from 1998 – 2000 Jan earned a Fine Arts Diploma in Drawing from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Using expertise gained from her time at AAC Jan most recently served as committee chair for the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Arts Festival over the past six years.
Together Lloyd and Jan show their support for Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in a myriad of ways from volunteering to sponsorship of the annual Arts Festival along with the initiation of the Lilian Noble Memorial Artist Award to support artistic endeavors in the community in memory of Jan’s mother, a lifelong artist and crafts person.
The arts festival is a major fundraiser for the museum. The event supports museum educational programming and free general admission for everyone, always.