Blanden Arts Festival

-Messenger file photo by Hans Madsen
Audree Weiss, then 4, of Fort Dodge, tries her hand at the potter’s wheel during the 2018 Blanden Arts Festival with the help of volunteer Tony Barnett, of Otho, at left.

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum has filled its canvas with activities for the annual Blanden Arts Festival.

The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The works of a wide variety of artists, who focus on diverse mediums, will be on display. There will be a large artist’s tent and individual tents as well. The museum is also open and visitors are encouraged to view the exhibits inside too.

Activities of all kinds will take place on the lawn, which is being called Gallery Fun.

The stage lineup for the day that includes some Fort Dodge and regional musicians and puppets.

-Messenger file photo by Hans Madsen
Aspiring painter Killian Mullaney, then 7, of Fort Dodge, has his first experience with art critic Ally Biddle, then 9, of Fort Dodge, who stopped to discuss his most recent work with him during the 2018 Blanden Arts Festival at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum.

Starting at 9 a.m and continuing until noon, the Eulenspiegle Puppet Theatre Company will entertain.

From noon to 1 p.m., a singer/songwriter circle featuring Neil Anders, Kris Karr, Jeremy Ober and Jordan Reuters will take the stage.

The final musical act of the day will be the Gabriel Alves Trio playing from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

For the hungry, The Grub Hub, TC Mae’s Food Truck and Sneakers will be on hand to offer food.

The event is family-friendly. A variety of art-related activities are part of the day’s fun. In the past, painting, sculpting and a variety of craft making projects have been available. Parents are of course welcome to create with their children.

The event is free.