Art and murals

June festival will celebrate murals, art in downtown Plymouth


The first annual Mural and Arts Festival, to be held June 28-30 in downtown Plymouth, will include the dedication of the city’s 25th outdoor mural, Pfeifer’s Drug Store, at the corner of Mill and Elizabeth streets, which was completed last summer by muralist Debbie Karr (above) and her crew. The three-day event will coincide with the Plymouth Arts Center’s 5th Annual Juried Festival of Fine Arts. — File photo The first annual Mural and Arts Festival, to be held June 28-30 in downtown Plymouth, will include the dedication of the city’s 25th outdoor mural, Pfeifer’s Drug Store, at the corner of Mill and Elizabeth streets, which was completed last summer by muralist Debbie Karr (above) and her crew. The three-day event will coincide with the Plymouth Arts Center’s 5th Annual Juried Festival of Fine Arts. — File photo Plymouth will host its first annual Mural and Arts Festival, a unique, multi-faceted fine arts festival and celebration inspired by the Walldogs street art murals that dot the historic downtown.

The weekend festival, from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, boasts a wide variety of activities, including a juried fine art fair, live music, strolling entertainers and musicians, street vendors, a Cabaret show, community theater events, and children’s activities ranging from a petting zoo and interactive storytelling to coloring huge seven-foot long murals scattered throughout the downtown area.

“The murals will come to life during the festival,” says Mary Martin, executive director of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. “Each of the 25 hand-painted murals represents an exciting element of our history and culture, giving visitors a taste of what makes Plymouth such a wonderful place to explore and experience.”

One highlight of the event occurs Saturday at 7 p.m., when the Mural and Arts Festival will dedicate Plymouth's 25th outdoor mural, which was painted in Summer of 2012.

The festival coincides with the fifth annual juried Festival of Fine Arts at the Plymouth Arts Center. Over 25 local and regional artists will display and sell their original fine art from their booths on Mill Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Artists working in a wide range of media will compete for Best in Show awards and cash prizes. During the art fair hours, look for artist demonstrations, face painting, and ongoing kids’ art workshops conducted by Abrakadoodle in the Arts Center classrooms, where children can create and take home their own works of art.

Donna Hahn, executive director of Plymouth Arts Center, explains, “Between the mural street performances, the live music, and the incredible artists who will be exhibiting their works at our Festival, we will showcase that Plymouth has become the fine arts center of the Upper Kettle Moraine area.”

Friday night activities include the “Mill Street Live,” a cabaret musical performance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Plymouth Arts Center as well as free admission to the "Alive in the Arts" exhibition on display in Gallery 110 North. Mill Street Live’s high-energy song and dance review features popular music guaranteed to entertain audiences of all ages. Call the Plymouth Arts Center at (920) 892-8409 to purchase tickets.

Saturday will feature a wide variety of family-friendly activities designed to appeal to all age groups. In addition to the Fine Arts Festival, participants can enjoy:

• Nostalgic fair foods like cotton candy, snow cones, and an ice cream social.

• Walking tours of the different murals available throughout the day.

• Whisper Hill Clydesdales wagon rides along the mural route.

• Strolling entertainers meandering through the downtown.

• Children’s events including music with Mr. Pickles and other children’s musicians, interactive storytelling, Cowslip the Clown, pony rides, fun games with prizes, mural painting, and a petting zoo.

• A silent auction of artwork will benefit the Plymouth Arts Center.

• At 7 p.m., everyone gathers for the dedication of the 25th community mural.

Sunday offers more opportunities for mural gazing, live entertainment, shopping at the many antique and specialty shops, children’s activities, and of course enjoying the many delicious treats and eats throughout the downtown. And, since Plymouth is the gateway to Kettle Moraine, nature and outdoor enthusiasts can head west to explore the beautiful and unique Upper Kettle Moraine area.

“The Plymouth Mural and Arts Festival will be an exciting event with family activities, experiences, and music galore that will showcase everything Plymouth has to offer as a wonderful destination,” says Martin. "Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy good old fashioned fun while exploring the largest assortment of historically-inspired wall art in Wisconsin."

The entire weekend event is free to the public and perfect for a family weekend getaway or a convenient day trip. For a schedule of events, details about the music, suggestions for lodging, or other attractions, please contact Plymouth Chamber of Commerce at (888) 693-8263 or online at www.plymouthwisconsin.com. For information about the Festival of Fine Arts, please contact Plymouth Arts Center at (920) 892-8409 or online at www.plymoutharts.org.

The Plymouth Mural and Arts Festival, June 28- June 30, is hosted by the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Plymouth Arts Center and TravelWisconsin.com.


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