CLEAR LAKE — The 39th annual Clear Lake Art Sail, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in City Park, will highlight various art forms.
The event is organized by the Clear Lake Arts Center, whose mission is to ignite the creative spirit in the visual, performing and literary arts.
“With more than 80 artists and fine crafts people from all over the country showing and selling their works of art, the music of the Emmy Award-winning World Port Band and a handful of local and regional authors, this Saturday is shaping up to be another great day,” said executive director Paula Hanus.
The book signing will be near the pavilion in the park’s center.
9-11 a.m., Rhoda G. Penny, “An Extra Ordinary Life”
10 a.m.-noon, Peggy Bang, “The Melton House Revealed: An Owner’s Perspective”,
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Carson Ode, author of three books on the people, places, events and culture of Iowa
Noon-2 p.m., Wendy Moser, “Bleeding Tree,” “Prodigal Song” and “Flowers In Great Profusion”
1-3 p.m., Karen Carr, children’s book author
Mark Whitten of Mason City, cement sculptor and theme construction artist, is the featured visual artist. He will give demonstrations during the show.
Whitten traces his interest in cement as an art medium back to his roots. He grew up on Mason City’s north end, not far from Lehigh Portland Cement Co. where his grandfather and uncle worked. Although concrete as an art medium is a little unusual, it dates back to ancient Roman and Egyptian works. Whitten is a member of and instructor for R.A.T. International, a networking group for Rock Carvers, Artists and Theme Builders.
A new feature is a partnership with Central Gardens called Bloomin’ Art.
“It was a natural fit, because this is the time of year the flowers at the Gardens are in full bloom,” said Jody Hamilton, executive director of Central Gardens of North Iowa. “This year Kayla Myers will be creating three floral arrangements inspired by the works of three Arts Center artists – Christina Blum, Delores Frederick and Mary Siberell.”
Bloomin’ Art will move to the Hanson Gallery in the Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 S. Fourth St., from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Art Sail is sponsored by CLB&T, Rob and Judy Gross, Bonnie Hall and Hall Realty and Alpha Media: KLSS, KGLO, KIAI, KYTC, KRIB. CL Tel is sponsoring World Port. Food vendor is Whiskey Creek.