Art Profits Students and Professionals Alike

Last Sunday, the Noel Fine Arts Center was filled to the brim with artists from all around Wisconsin and the surrounding states exhibiting their work for the Stevens Point Festival of the Arts.

The festival took place in the courtyard of the NFAC with 50 artists utilizing all of its available space on both the first and second floors.  The art on display included paintings, pictures, leather works, handcrafted wood pieces, and more.

The Festival of the Arts is a chance for artists to not only display their work, but also to sell it.  For an artist to exhibit their work, they must apply and give samples of what they have done.  From there, the best artists are selected and invited to the event.

Aryn Kern, a woodcrafter from Little Falls, Minn., was amongst those selected to attend.

“This is a high quality art show with exhibitors that have very fine hand crafted goods,” Kern said.  For Kern, attending shows such as this is a way of life.

“We have been doing this full time since 2006,” Kern said.

Kern is not the only artist who finds shows such as the Festival of the Arts instrumental to her career.  Tom Lazar, a nature photographer from Brookfield, was also amongst those selling work.

“I’ve participated in this show for well over a decade,” Lazar said.  “It always gets a decent art savvy crowd.”

However, The Festival of the Arts does not exist to only provide for artists, it also has a big impact on students.  Mark Brueggeman, a professor in the Art and Design Department, talked about this impact.

“The artists generously donate works for a silent auction which provides scholarship awards for students in theater & dance, music, art & design, and communication,” Brueggeman said.

This event draws a crowd anywhere between 1200 and 2000 people and was very well attended this year.

“Community members are quite vocal in their anticipation of the event and their return to the festival annually speaks well for their response,” Brueggeman said.

The Stevens Point Festival of the Arts is considered to be a quality event by artists, community members, and students alike.  With the chance for both vendors and students to profit, The Festival of the Arts is a great event for both the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the community.

Aaron Voeks

avoek774@uwsp.edu

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