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A successful 2023 Art-a-Fest is officially in the books!
50th annual Art-a-Fest -- Charles City, IA -- August 19th

This festival fulfills an important role in the community and surrounding areas by supporting and celebrating local artists. Our goal is to make the arts accessible to all members of our community during this one-day, free event. 


Each year our committee works hard to make the event a success for exhibitors and shoppers. This year, 48 artists (including 3 student artists) were set up on the lawns of Central Park, offering a variety of artwork. University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Gallery of Art Director Laura Gleissner was this year's judge, and awarded the following prizes:

  • 1st Place - Andreas Soemadi

  • 2nd Place - Mike Hassig

  • 3rd Place - Madalyn Vorrie

  • Honorable Mentions - Ann Bishop McGregor, Stephen Schiller, Ruben Ruiz, Julie A Hughes, and Bruce W Litterer

  • Special Award in honor of Jean Semelhack - Audrey Mae Schlei

Participants and shoppers alike enjoyed the sounds of our performing artists James Aissen, Emily Ann Bauer, and The Love Radishes during Art-a-Fest.

Local and regional food vendors joined us in Central Park during Art-a-Fest, and the Tellurian Brewing served local craft brews. Another vendor offered cookie decorating classes, and of course there was facepainting!

There were all kinds of free games & interactive art activities for everyone to enjoy! Sidewalk chalk was available. Volunteers helped kids make spin art, bubble art, handprint art, paint rocks, and create spin-art in Central Park. There were also sensory bins and giant yard games!

Miss Iowa 2023, Alysa Goethe, honored us with a visit in the afternoon! She taught us how to make crowns out of sparkly pipe cleaners, and even got some rock painting in before she had to leave us.