MASON CITY — The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s annual Arts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9.
The festival will include food, music, interactive artist Sonya Darrow of Ladyfits, magician Levey the Great, and kids’ activities. It also features a free pancake breakfast beginning at 9 a.m.
A highlight of the festival is the Art Market with three dozen local and regional artists. Long-time market artists such as potter Bill Mateer, watercolorist Dick Leet, calligraphy artist Kathie Vix, jeweler Mickey Johnson of Lost Loon Studio, and silk artist Sally Rassmussen and others will be joined by a number of new artists.
New artists include Meagan Steinberg of Wrist Flair Jewelry, textile artist Sophie Ballmer, Allison Helgeson with unique fashions for kids, and mosaic creator Amy S. Palmer. A full list of participants is on the Museum’s festival website at www.macniderart.org.
Purchasing locally-made products supports artists as small business owners and the North Iowa arts community. Each artist is juried in by a panel, and must create quality one-of-a-kind work. Reproductions and reselling are not allowed.
All events are on the lawns of the museum and the Mason City Public Library at 303 Second St. S.E. Admission is free and open to the public.
Major sponsors are the Principal Financial Foundation, the Cerro Gordo Association of Independent Insurance Agents, 3M Foundation, Wal-Mart Stores, many area businesses, as well as donations from the people of North Iowa. A full list of sponsors is posted on the museum’s website.