by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Something new at this year’s ArtSoup — the community’s biannual festival of arts, music and food — will be a Fiber Arts Fashion Show, slated for 1 p.m. today (Saturday) on the riverfront stage.
Elk River Arts Alliance is organizing the show which includes 15 local women as models, 12 of them Alliance members/volunteers and three from the business community.
“There will be three phases,” said Sylvia Dudycha of the Arts Alliance. “The first is current fashions created by local artists. The second is timeless wearable art from members’ collections. The third is hand-crafted wearables from around the world, borrowed from Isabelle Stander’s closet.”
Stander, a prominent local artist and arts booster, passed away two years ago.
The local artists whose work will be featured are Dudycha of Elk River, Judy Wood of Elk River, Yvonne Curran of Ramsey, and the Victory Ragz group.
Modeling the garments will be Alliance volunteers Marilyn Van Patten, Lisa Tetzlaff, Areona Cook, Caroline Varley, Vicki Granros, Marty Raymond, Monica Loeffler, Abby Loeffler, Susan Larson, Jean Orr, Mae Spencer and Chris Wilson, along with Amy Beaudoin of AJ’s Automotive, Bernice Guck of Kemper Drug and Rose Allison of Diamond City Bread.
“You’ll see jackets and tops and quilted pieces, hand-woven, hand-knit, ethnic pieces, embroideru, hand-felt — everything hand-crafted in one way or another,” said Dudycha.
ArtSoup will be held downtown from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, today.
A juried Arts Alliance member art show will be on display in the gallery at 716 Main Street, and Schroeder Studio members will display oil paintings in a separate tent.
There will be booths of local and regional artists with works for sale, including painting, glass, jewelry, pottery and fiber art. Unique and one-of-a-kind pieces will be available.
The Community Tent will hold demonstrations and offer hands-on participation in activities for kids and adults.
Local cuisine will be showcased including Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream, Pompeii Pizzeria, Olde Main Eatery, Daddy O’s Cafe, McCoy’s Pub, and the Depot.
Music all day
Music will be almost non-stop on the riverfront stage beginning at 11 a.m. with the Elk River German Band, fthe Command Performance Girls Choir at 2 p.m., Road Dawgs at 2 p.m., the Mooseknuckle Brothers at 3 p.m., The Elk River Community Theater at 4 with a scene from Phantom of the Opera, Rena Haus at 5 p.m., Skalmusik at 6, and Bistodeau Family Bluegrass Band (bluegrass and folk) at 7 p.m.