Festival of Arts and Gallery Tour
September 11 – 12, 2021 • Memorial Park
About Festival of Arts:
The Chequamegon Bay is a special place for artists. Some choose to live here surrounded by the peace and beauty of the Northwoods, others visit seeking inspiration from the natural wonders of the Apostle Islands sea caves and Lake Superior. The community celebrates this unique connection to the arts during the annual Bayfield Festival of Arts weekend. Events include a live art auction, fine art vendors and local gallery tours and demonstrations.
This juried fine arts show is held in Memorial Park on the scenic shores of Lake Superior in downtown Bayfield. Visitors will find a unique selection of pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass works, wood carvings, photography and more. Take special notice of the blue “Best in Show” ribbons, which are awarded to artists in five categories, while browsing.
Guests are invited to experience art in the making during the Festival of Arts Gallery Tour on Saturday and Sunday. Local galleries and working studios will welcome visitors throughout the weekend with open houses, demonstrations, and special sales as part of this tour. Watch local artists perform wheel-thrown pottery techniques and witness silver smithing, painting and quilting demonstrations.
Participating galleries for the 2021 Gallery Tour include:
Bayfield Inn Art Gallery: Presenting a collection of 22 images capturing the essence of the Bayfield coastline and woodlands by resident artist France Austin Miller.
Bayfield Artists Guild: Displaying works feature oil watercolor, pastel, mixed media, woodwork, beadwork, basketry, pottery, soaps, candles, jewelry of great variety, weavings, greeting cards, embroidered, prints of photographs and paintings, knitted items, silk scarves and more.
Silverwaves Jewelry: A 2014 Bayfield Festival of Arts Best In Show winner, Lissa Flemming opened Silverwaves Jewelry, an art gallery & working studio in Spring 2016. On display you will find her work, alongside a few select artists who are inspired by Lake Superior.
Stone’s Throw: Many artistic mediums and artists are on display. Owner/operator Andrea Falconer specializes in ceramics.
Eckels Pottery and Fine Craft Gallery: Visit the oldest studio pottery in the State. The Gallery was founded by Bob and Lu Eckels in 1960. Now, Bob’s daughter, Dede carries on her father’s business and passion.
Austin Miller Studio and Gallery: Watercolors, prints, art cards, and affordable framing. Refreshments and drawings for gift certificates.
Washburn Cultural Center: This September, the Cultural Center hosts two exhibits from local artists. Come see intricate wood carvings and line drawings from Black Bear Studios (Gina Winther), as well as playful multimedia artwork made by the area’s eccentric artists in our annual WHIMSY exhibition!
Artist Squared Studios: Artists Squared Gallery is a place to view and purchase fine arts and fine crafts of local and regional artists.
Artist on the Byway Gallery: Experience art of local and regional artists from the Bayfield Peninsula. Their art reflects the wonder and joy of living near Lake Superior.
Madeline Island Museum: Currently on exhibit: “Wiigwaazii: The Evolution of the Uses of Birch.”
Madeline Island Candles: An assortment of handmade candles, each created from natural, sustainable materials including soy wax, beeswax and cotton wicks.
Bell Street Gallery: The Shops of Bell Street Gallery are a unique combination of 3 galleries buildings and a Wine Bar(Wisconsin’s smallest bar).
Woods Hall Gallery and Studio: All artisans are Madeline Islanders or those with a close connection to the Island.
Oulu Glass Gallery: Displayed works feature glassblowing, stained glass, fused glass and mixed media.
In celebration of Lake Superior!
Bayfield Festival of Arts will highlight the artists who are inspired by the Big Lake. Those artists will be given a badge that says “Lake Superior Inspired” to display on their booth and will also be mentioned in the festival directory.
The Bayfield Festival of Arts is a Travel Green Wisconsin certified event.