On Saturday, July 20, the charming community of Stockholm, Wis., (located less than an hour from Rochester) will celebrate its 40th Annual Art Fair amongst the tranquil breezes of Lake Pepin.
“The fair has come a ways since the days of selling chickens and giving away kittens,” says its coordinator Linda Day, referring to the first art fair held by a group of artists new to Stockholm who wanted to introduce themselves and their art.
Still emanating that hippie sort of vibe, this year’s event will include 107 artists from five states displaying a wide variety of work—paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, clay, glass, fiber, leather and more. Area musicians will also perform original songs throughout the day.
Not to be outdone by the fine arts, culinary masters from the region will offer gastronomic experiences ranging from wood-fired pizza to organic beef and chicken teriyaki to homemade lefse and maple cotton candy.
“Cooking is another form of art; our canvas is just different,” says Jennifer Daggett-Peterson, owner of The Village Inn Cafe and Exceptional Bite Catering in Durand, Wis., who will be tempting fair goers with unique wraps like Thai chicken and roasted ratatouille with hummus.
So go to Stockholm hungry and soak in the art and serenity of this one-of-a-kind fair. For more information, visit stockholmartfair.org.