Art al fresco: artisans will present works at the Hearst Sculpture Garden | Local News

CEDAR FALLS – The Hearst Sculpture Garden will bloom with artists on Sunday for Artisans in the Garden and Summer Expo.

This will be the third “art al fresco” event and exhibition in the garden. Hours are from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free entry.

“We will showcase local artisans who will display and sell their work. We love doing things outdoors, and it’s another way to invite the public to see the sculptures and enjoy the garden,” said Sheri Huber-Otting, Hearst’s Programs Coordinator.

A community art project in the form of a quilt will be a special feature of the exhibit. Quilt artist Janet Drake designed and created the quilt from cyanotypes or sunprints made during the Hearst Center’s Biodiversity Celebration in May.

“People used foliage, leaves and other objects for the designs. The items were placed on 8 inch by 8 inch squares of fabric covered with an emulsion. The squares were weighted down and left in the sun for a few hours to create the prints,” Huber-Otting explained.

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Painting, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textile arts, mixed media and graphic design are among the categories to be represented.

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Exhibitors will include Art By Ann, Blue Lily Glass Art, Caylin Jade, ceramic artist Claire Elise, Janna Bowman’s Green Earth Glass, Iowa Authentic, Jewels by Jenny, Keepsake Quilters, Northeast Iowa Weavers & Spinners Guild, Rachel Stumme Art and Matejka Farms and Daughter of farmers.

The Prairie Rose Middle Eastern Dance Troupe will perform at 2 p.m. Scoopski’s ice cream will be available for purchase.

While the focus will be on the artists gallery, the Hearst Garden itself is a hidden gem. Visitors can enjoy nature in full summer bloom and also stroll through the shady gardens.

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There’s also the Steel and Stone Garden — a collection of public art sculptures in stainless steel, bronze, aluminum and concrete created by local, regional and national artists.

Artisans au Jardin took place in 2019 and 2021, but was canceled in 2020 due to COVID.

Artists interested in participating next year can contact Huber-Otting at [email protected], or call (319) 268-5502.

The Hearst Center Sculpture Garden is located at 304 W. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls.

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