Art at the Museum Night is June 22

Left to right: Rotary President Karen Wilker, Kylie Dittmer, and Rotarian Stan VanderWoude pose with an original painting done by artist Susan Baer at last year’s Art at the Museum event.

Kylie Dittmer comes with an impressive list of credentials. Not only is she the business manager for the Chariton school district, but she also sits on the State Historical board, the Lucas County Historical Society board, and is on the Lucas County Art Council. She spoke to the Rotary recently about the upcoming Art at the Museum Night 2, which last year successfully teamed up her associations with the Art Council and the Lucas County Historical Museum.

Dittmer related how that in 2018 the board was brainstorming ways to get more people to visit the museum. They decided to pair their annual ice cream social with a night for local artists to freely show and demonstrate their artwork on the museum’s grounds.

With little advertising, a high heat index, no food vendors, and only one entertainer (Will Ghormley), the event still drew in about 200 visitors and was a great success. Some of the talented local artists included Father Felix doing live portrait sketching, Sue Baer demonstrating her art by live painting the A.J. Stephens House, and Meg Prange demonstrating her fabric art. Well-known artist Nash Cox, as well as many others, was on hand to answer questions about his art.

Art at the Museum 2 has moved from August to June 22 to hopefully escape the high temperatures, but in Iowa one can never predict what the weather will be like! Hoping for a more festival feeling, the event will run longer from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Regional as well as local artists will be demonstrating their art, which will include painting (oil, acrylic, water color, and mixed media), fabric art, metal sculptures, leather art, photography, and pottery.

Read the June 20, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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