If you hear “art” and immediately think of stuffy museums, then you’ve never been to the Driftless Area Art Festival!
The Driftless Area Art Festival
The Driftless Area Art Festival, which takes place annually in September, is held in the Beauford T. Anderson Park in Soldiers Grove, WI, about 30 minutes south of Westby. And when they say “Driftless Area Art Festival,” they really mean festival! This is a Saturday-Sunday that is cram-packed with fun for everyone, even those who don’t self-identify as “art-lovers.” Because even if you can’t tell an Impressionist painting from an Expressionist, you probably love good food, drink, entertainment, and music (all “art” as well!). So here’s five reasons you (yes, you!) need to be at the Driftless Area Arts Festival.
1. Culinary Arts
With some of the Driftless area’s finest vinters, brewers, restaurants, farms, and even coffee roasters in attendance, there will always be something to delight your taste buds around every corner. Delicious sandwiches, pies, and crepes are just a few of the “food arts” you’ll be able to try.
2. Performance Arts
A fancy way to say, “great music,” bands from folk to jazz and more will make sure your toes are tapping and your hands are clapping all weekend.
3. Kids and Teen Art
The Driftless Area Art Festival takes great pride in presenting the work of the next generation of artists. Not only will art from school-age students be on display, but there is also an area for your own kids to work on some art of their own. Who knows what the great art they see will inspire them to create someday! And the money raised from the auction of the winning Kid Art pieces supports arts programs in schools.
4. Visual Arts
This is the category that includes the paintings most people think of when they hear “art.” But while the oil paintings are here too (and they are absolutely gorgeous), there’s so much more art on display (over 80 artists participate!): ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media 2D and printmaking, mixed media 3D metalwork and sculpture, painting pastels and drawing, photography, and wood. Take a look at some of the examples on their website and their Facebook page…you’re likely to be blown away!
5. Make Memories and Take Them Home
Not only will you make life-long fun memories at the Driftless Area Art Festival, you’ll have the opportunity to buy unique pieces that will always keep those memories present in the silent auctions. And with so many unique pieces of art, you’re bound to find that perfect piece for your home or a gift for your loved one. Plus, you’ll be helping to make sure that the Driftless Area Arts Festival continues year after year.
Westby House – Your Home Away from Home
At Westby House, we love great art, but our passion is hospitality: making sure you are comfortable, welcomed, and taken care of. Our nine well-appointed rooms offer luxury in all forms, from cozy to spacious. And our gourmet breakfasts and delicious restaurant are created with your enjoyment in mind. There’s so much to do in the Driftless area, and Westby is the perfect location to stay while you explore. Don’t forget to download our complimentary Vacation Guide, and we hope we will see you soon!