The Charles City Arts Council will present its 32nd Annual Art-A-Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in Central Park.

Thirty-five artists in a variety of media are scheduled to exhibit works.

"This year we have a better mix of artists than ever," said Charles City Arts Center Director Tracy Sweet. "There will be a dozen painters, 10 potters, plus artists who work with iron, jewelry, photography, fiber and wood. We have some artists returning who haven't been at Art-A-Fest in years."

One of those returnees is Carroll Danbom, a pastel artist from Red Oak.

"People will see that my subjects have changed but my style hasn't," Danbom said. "I do wildlife paintings now as well as my more familiar floral pastels."

Art-A-Fest also will offer children's art activities, coordinated by Kim Watkins. A full slate of musical entertainment is also planned, including local madrigal group Camerata St. Charles as well as the Doo-Wops, a vocal group from Cedar Falls.

The Charles City Arts Council food booth will offer sloppy joe sandwiches, chips and soft drinks; the German American Partnership organization will serve bratwurst, and beans, and rice and tamales will be available from Olga Guzman.

Slices of homemade pie will be available, and Taiwanese "bubble tea" will be served by Cristina Montoya.

At the information table at the center of the park, people will be able to register for a raffle featuring a framed original bridge photograph by Sweet. They can also sign up for "Art-A-Fest bucks" to be given away hourly. Winners of these certificates can use them to purchase artworks.

"Our Art-A-Fest donors were exceptionally generous this year. We have a lot of donated cash to be given away as Art-A-Fest bucks this year," Sweet said.

Art-A-Fest also features prizes for exhibiting artists, determined through judging. This year's Art-A-Fest judge is Jaclyn Garlock of Clear Lake. A former art teacher, Garlock is a full-time artist who markets her work through galleries in Chicago.

In the event of rain, Art-A-Fest will move to the National Guard Armory at 2003 Clark St.

The list of exhibitors:

Painting/drawing: Tom Soucek, Litchfield, Minn., Linda Scallon, Ackley, Janiece Bergland, Floyd, Rory Mattson, Albert Lea, Minn., David Prehm, New Hampton, Frank Allen, Ogden, Nicole Fullard, Charles City, Don Hodges, Viroqua, Wis., Priscilla Meyermann, Cedar Falls, Joyce C.B. Hibbard, Albert Lea, Minn., Carroll Danbom, Red Oak, and Tracy Sweet, Charles City.

Pottery: Doug Cole, Sumner, Doris Wrage, Rudd, Dean Schwarz, Decorah, Mame Furnish, Mason City, Doug Reynolds, Waverly, Art Strong, Charles City, Jack and Eloise Adams, Albert Lea, Minn., Patrick Moreland, Cedar Falls, Kate Sobolik, Charles City, and Ron Netten, Storm Lake.

Other media: Kathy Fehr, Clutier, Iowa, - fiber. Steve Schiller, Charles City - photography. Glenn Brokaw, Lenox, Iowa, - wood. Lisa Whipple, Mason City - photography. Dale and Kasey Merrill, Mt. Vernon - metal sculpture. Gary Darland, Cedar Rapids - photography. Susan Nelson, Marble Rock - glass. Becky Rise, Storden, Minn. - fiber. Jackie Neal, Charles City - jewelry. Karen Landers, Greene - jewelry. Peter Brassard, Hales Corners, Wis. - photography. Karen Homann, Hudson, Iowa - fiber.

Entertainment schedule:

10 to 11 a.m. Camerata St. Charles

11 a.m. to noon, Mike Munshower and Greg Martin, guitarists. (Between musical selections, the Stony Point Players will be doing skits.)

1 to 2 p.m., The "Doo-Wops."

2 p.m. to close, D.J. music.

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