Schedule of Events


When: Saturday, September 11 – 10AM-5PM

Sunday, September 12 – 10AM-4PM

Where: Memorial Park, Bayfield

25 Artist booths at Memorial Park.

13 Gallery Tour stops around Bayfield.

Exceptional local artists will be featured at Memorial Park in Bayfield on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, selling their fine arts. Visitors can anticipate a unique selection of pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass works, wood carvings, photography and more. Also visit 13 featured Bayfield art Galleries.

New this year, kids will also be able to explore their artistic side and create their own works of art at two booths.

Kiddiwink Kids will have one booth where children will be able to work with their hands to create a work of art. Kiddiwink Kids is in the heart of Washburn, a specialty children’s store offering Children’s play dough sensory kits, toys, games and baby items.

Northland College’s Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s Youth Outreach Programs (SOEI) will host a kids booth, where children of all ages will have the opportunity to paint a stewardship flag. Flags created by Stewards of Tomorrow will also be on display throughout the park.

This is a juried art show and three awards will be given out to artists at the festival: “Best in Show,””Best Artwork Inspired by Lake Superior,” and “Award of Excellence Judged by Peers.”  Results will be posted at the Memorial Park gazebo on Sunday. They are judged based on creativity, craftsmanship and display.

The festival and tour is free and open to the public.

List of Participating Galleries:

Bayfield Inn Art GalleryPresenting 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: 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.