Northwoods Art and Book Festival set Aug. 11
The 23rd annual Northwoods Art and Book Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in Hackensack.
The event will include more than 50 artists exhibiting their works that cover a broad spectrum of the arts, including pottery, photography, jewelry, yard art, stained glass, wood, sculpture, mixed media, fiber, metal, unique apparel, recycled art and more
New featured artists include nationally acclaimed wildlife painter Jerry Raedeke; award-winning artist and printmaker Emily Gray Koehler; potter Kevin Matthews; Native American art, landscape and wildlife watercolorist Tom Soucek; William Wilson's Ojibwe X-ray styled colored paintings; and the Native Skywatchers program.
Returning favorites include North Shore Images Photography, Crazy Leaf Photo, Fiore Designs, My Inspirations in Wood and Heidi's Renewed Rubbish.
All artists will be located either in the Hackensack Community Building or along Lake Avenue.
Look for more than 35 authors selling and signing books in the United Congregational Church and in the Hackensack Community Building. Jerry Holl, author of "Downhills Don't Come Free," will be along Lake Avenue. He will share his inspiring epic tale of a solo bike trip he made from Alaska to the Mexican border.
An addition to the literary scene are several author/poet presentations. Children's author Joanna Dymond will share her award-winning book, "Howling, Yowling, Growling" at 10 a.m. outside the side entrance of United Congregational Church.
A related art project complete with judging and prizes will follow Dymond's presentation and reading on wolves. All other author presentations will be inside the United Congregational Church Sanctuary.
Award-winning Twin Cities poets Michael Dennis Browne and Margaret Hasse will do a joint presentation at 10 a.m. titled "Poetry Sings in Everyday Life." Candace Simar, local award-winning author of the Abercrombie series, will follow their presentation at 11 a.m., speaking on a writer's journey and sharing her experiences as a writer and in the publishing field.
At 1 p.m., Rhonda Fochs, local author of the "Minnesota Lost Towns" series, will share her knowledge of the forgotten history of how towns were created and the inspiring tales of people and places.
Experience the inside of "Baxter," the decommissioned, 21-ton tool truck turned Mn Art Truck driven by creator and owner Matt Swenson. It's like a food truck but stocked with an assortment of original art from Minnesota artists. The truck makes arts accessible to everyone. Find jewelry, books, paintings, sculptures, weaving, wood workings, pottery and more. Twenty entries from students at Northland Community School in Remer and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School in Walker submitted art to Swenson.
Awards will be presented at the festival at 2:30 p.m. in front of "Baxter."
Other activities include kids games and activities on the ball field along with a children's make-and-take lake art station, entertainment by Wayne and the Boys, Portage Brewing Company selling craft beers, Lions serving food and Legion serving wine.