Outdoor Art: Artisans to display work at Hearst Sculpture Garden | Local news

CEDAR FALLS — The Hearst Sculpture Garden will bloom with artists Sunday for Artisans in the Garden and Summer Expo.

This will be the third “art al fresco” event and exhibition in the garden. Opening hours are from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

“We will be featuring local artisans who will be exhibiting and selling their work. We like to do things outdoors, and this is another way to invite the public to see the sculptures and enjoy the garden,” said Sherry Huber-Otting, Hearst Programs Coordinator.

A community art project in the form of a quilt will be a special feature of the exhibition. Quilt artist Janet Drake designed and created the quilt from cyanotypes, or sunprints, made at the Hearst Center’s Biodiversity Celebration in May.

“People used greenery, leaves and other objects for the design. The items were placed on 8-by-8-inch canvas squares that were coated with emulsion. The squares were weighted down and left in the sun for several hours to create the prints,” explained Huber-Oetting.

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Painting, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, mixed media and printmaking are among the categories that will be featured.

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Exhibitors will include Art By Ann, Blue Lily Glass Art, Caylin Jade, ceramist Claire Elise, Janna Bowman’s Green Earth Glass, Iowa Authentic, Jewels by Jenny, Keepsake Quilters, Northeast Iowa Weavers & Spinners Guild, Rachel Stumme Art, and Matejka Farms and Farmers daughter.

Prairie Rose Middle Eastern Dance Troupe will perform at 2 p.m. Scoopski’s ice cream will be available for purchase.

While the focus will be on the artist gallery, the Hearst Garden itself is a hidden gem. Visitors can appreciate nature in full summer bloom and stroll through shady gardens.

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There’s also the Steel and Stone Garden, a collection of public art sculptures in stainless steel, bronze, aluminum and concrete created by local, regional and national artists.

Artisans in the Garden was held in 2019 and 2021, but was canceled in 2020 due to COVID.

Artists interested in participating next year can contact Huber-Otting at [email protected] or call (319) 268-5502.

The Hearst Center Sculpture Garden is located at 304 W. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls.

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