Artistic atmosphere: Festival includes activities for youths and artisan vendorsWORTHINGTON — Once again, artisans from all around will travel to the shores of Lake Okabena to participate in the 10th annual Arts on the Shore.
WORTHINGTON — Once again, artisans from all around will travel to the shores of Lake Okabena to participate in the 10th annual Arts on the Shore.
Arts on the Shore started out as Arts on the Courtyard, an art festival that occurred during August. This festival was supported by the Nobles County Art Center. The festival moved to June three years after the Windsurfing Regatta began under the leadership of Gail Holinka, an art teacher at Worthington High School.
“We get a good variety of artists with good quality work,” said Holinka. “Sometimes people can watch the vendors work in their tents.”
Holinka anticipates a good turnout for vendors, including painters, jewelry makers, and artists who specialize in ceramics and stained glass.
Arts on the Shore will run from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
An art tent for kids will also be available again this year. Put on by the AOK (Arts Optimist Kiwanis) Club, the activities are for kids of all ages and are completely free, thanks to the Worthington Optimist Club’s support.
“We really enjoy doing arts and crafts with the kids,” said Holinka. “It’s a really fun day, and we try to have a lot of activites for the kids to enjoy.”
Activities this year will include painting Japanese fans, decorating Frisbees, maracas and message-in-a-bottle necklaces.
“We try to incorporate the wind and music themes,” explained Holinka. She also mentioned that she’d like to do kites sometime.
The Kids Art Tent will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with the last hour consisting of games and contests for the kids. Arts on the Shore and the Kids Art Tent can be found by the main event area on Sailboard Beach.
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