Premiere art, music fest July 16-17 at JMKAC

The grounds of John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan will be brimming with works of art, live music, and art-making activities during the free Midsummer Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

A total of 135 artists from across the nation have been juried into one of the most highly lauded Midwest arts festivals.

An astounding variety of works will be available for purchase in booths along the tree-lined streets around the Arts Center. Choose from among paintings, photographs, jewelry, leather, sculpture, ceramics, art glass, wearable art, and many more categories.

Whether searching for an original work of art for the home, office, or garden, or special gifts for family and friends, festivalgoers are sure to find many treasures.

Artist-in-residence Joseph Velasquez and his collaborators from the local community will create a special buzz, or perhaps it will be more of a rumble. Using a construction steamroller to make large-scale works of art, they will demonstrate extreme printmaking both Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, festivalgoers can enjoy six free concerts. The lineup includes WiFEE and the HuZZ Band, Battle of Santiago, and the Plutoniates on Saturday. Copper Box, The Hollows and áthas perform on Sunday. Concerts start at 10 a.m. both days and are part of the summer-long Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series.

All ages can have some hands-on fun in the workshop tent. Activities include making masks, creating miniature landscapes, and manipulating clay at the potting wheel or using hand-building techniques.

The galleries inside the Arts Center will feature WISCONSIN WILD AND TAME, a series of eight exhibitions featuring the power and diversity of art making in the Badger State. Gallery admission is free.

While inside the Arts Center, a silent auction of works donated by the festival artists offers the excitement of a bidding contest. Proceeds will benefit Arts Center programming.

A food court, food trucks, or the Arts Center’s own charming ARTcafe will be open with a variety of favorites including cheese curds, bratwurst, ice cream, and much more.

Admission to the festival, including the concerts and exhibitions, is free. Make plans now to meet friends and family for a marvelous midsummer outing. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is located at 608 New York Avenue in downtown Sheboygan. Visit for more information.

Midsummer Festival of the Arts is made possible in part by the generous support of Bank First National.

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