SOURCE: Hidden River Art Festival

May 31, 2007 14:30 ET

Hidden River Art Festival Announces Accepted Artists

The State's Largest Art Festival Featuring Only Wisconsin Artists Celebrates 80 of Wisconsin's Finest, September 21-23, 2007

BROOKFIELD, WI--(Marketwire - May 31, 2007) - The 2nd annual Hidden River Art Festival is scheduled to run from September 21-23, 2007, on the grounds of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts at Brookfield's Mitchell Park. The event is the largest art festival featuring only Wisconsin artists and will showcase the work from 80 of the State's finest. A broad range of original and limited run media will be represented including: painting, sculpture, textile, photography, glass, clay, jewelry, and more. Five artists have been invited to serve as the Festival's showcased artists, including Milwaukee sculptor Richard Taylor.

In 2006, the Festival's inaugural year, more than 5,000 attendees visited the event. "We're gaining traction with this unique festival, drawing attention from all corners of the state," said Dennis Buehler, executive director of the Wilson Center. "In partnership with the Brookfield Community, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and our sponsors, we're pleased to host this opportunity for tremendously talented Wisconsin artists."

Festival organizers worked with curatorial jurors to select artists from more than 150 applicants. They also identified five showcased artists who have an advanced role in presenting workshops and leading discussions during the course of the three-day Festival. The 2007 Hidden River Art Festival welcomes 30 of last year's artists back to the grounds including the 2006 Best of Show artist, Michael S. Foster. Other artists hail from Appleton, Brookfield, Hartford, Janesville, Lake Geneva, Madison, Milwaukee, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Viola, Watertown, Wilmot, and other cities across the State. (For a complete list of artists and their hometowns, please visit www.hiddenriverartfestival.com.)

Milwaukee sculptor Richard Taylor, best known for his 'public art,' will be one of five showcased artists at the 2007 Festival. Taylor's commissioned pieces are displayed throughout Wisconsin and the country, most notably, "Beam of Sun to Share the Sky" outside of Milwaukee's Central Public Library, and "You Rise Above the World" on the Milwaukee River Walk, as well as a sculpture outside the Waukesha Transit Center. While many are familiar with Taylor's large-scale public art, the Hidden River Festival offers the opportunity to showcase his small sculptures and smaller pieces along with the creative and statutory processes that take place.

"I am excited to be a part of the Hidden River Festival," said Richard Taylor. "It (the Festival) is constructed in a thoughtful manner to jury Wisconsin artists of many ages and directions and to bring us together in a setting conducive to all of the arts. The weekend will be a celebration, a forum, a collection of musical performances, a series of tasteful surprises, and much carefully-chosen art to view."

Tickets for the Hidden River Art Festival are available for $5.00 and may be purchased at www.hiddenriverartfestival.com or by calling 262.781.9470.

                  Hidden River Art Festival
             Friday - Sunday, September 21-23, 2007
           Wilson Center for the Arts, just south of
     198th & Capitol Drive in Brookfield's Mitchell Park

             Friday, September 21 - 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
           Saturday, September 22 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
             Sunday, September 23 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is a privately funded, non-profit cultural arts center that offers performances by regional and touring groups, arts education and an art gallery with changing exhibits. Education in art, dance, music, theater and photography for all ages is provided through partnerships with Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Ballet School, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and First Stage Theater Academy and by visiting performers and visual artists. Wisconsin artists are showcased at the Hidden River Art Festival in September and in the Ploch Art Gallery with five exhibitions each year. The Wilson Center for the Arts is just minutes west of Milwaukee, nestled in Brookfield's Mitchell Park south of 198th & Capitol Drive.

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