Art by the River to be held this Saturday

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The third annual "Art by the River Fine Art Festival & Workshop" will be held on Saturday, June 8, in Ingleside park along the banks of the Mississippi River. The festival will feature area artists, scheduled musical performances throughout the day and hands-on workshops for artists of all ages. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center has announced its third annual Art by the River Fine Art Festival & Workshop. The free event is set for Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Ingleside Park in Guttenberg overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River. 

Shoppers can stroll along the handicap-accessible river walk and enjoy over 30 exhibiting artists showcasing a wide variety of art mediums. River-theme activities for youth will be held in the big pavilion throughout the day.

Adults can enjoy a demonstration by lamp work artist Ramon Ramirez, and participate in a wheel pottery, and mixed media workshop taught by artist Josh Gomez. Plein air artists will be located on the river walk painting the picturesque river view during the day-long festival. 

Live musicians will be performing beginning at 10 a.m., featuring Sophia Landis, Bruce Bryant of Carpe Diem, and Mark Campbell. There will be a community yoga class for all ages and abilities at 10 a.m. A variety of food vendors will provide snow cones, cotton candy, barbecue and more. Bring a lawn chair and your family and friends, and enjoy a full day of entertainment. 

Art by the River activities are free of charge thanks to the generous support of festival sponsors Alpine Communication, Fidelity Bank, Umbrella Arts, Black Hills Energy, Supreme Graphics and Thrivent Financial. 

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The Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center and Courtyard Cafe are uniquely housed in a historic limestone building located at 214 S. River Park Dr. across from the community's public school. 

Courtyard Cafe

Creativity Director Cindy Olsen explained to The Press, "We are a non-profit studio, gallery and cafe. Students from our local school man our Courtyard Cafe. The student-run cafe is a wonderful experience for our community's youth to learn business basics with minimal guidance from adult staff." 

The Courtyard Cafe offers seating both inside the gallery and outdoors on the adjoining courtyard patio. Visitors can enjoy a variety of fresh fruit smoothies, orange Julius, and espresso drinks made with the cafe's own special blend from local roaster Barb Arthur of Big Muddy Coffee. The Cafe will be serving a limited lunch menu and a selection of baked goods.  

Olsen shared, "Our smoothies are made with fresh fruit, and our espresso drinks are made fresh with our own beans. We offer indoor and outdoor seating." 

Olsen explained, "We are here for the community. The non-profit space was designed for the community to gather together to celebrate and experience the arts. If you have a band you would like to hire, or if you are in a band and need a space to perform, the studio and adjoining courtyard are available for you to utilize." She continued, "If you are looking for a creative space to host a birthday party, bridal shower or a variety of other events give us a call. We do require you schedule your event through us to avoid conflicts with other groups, and for liability reasons. A donation made to the gallery for use of the space is appreciated." 

The Courtyard Cafe is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lunch is offered through 1 p.m. Specialty drinks are offered through 4 p.m. 

Guttenberg Gallery

Guttenberg gallery offers shoppers original artworks and gifts created in a variety of media including: pottery, glass, jewelry, reclaimed wood, and more.

The community art studio offers budding artists pottery painting and projects with glass, stained glass and mosaics. There are six pottery wheels available for experienced potters or inexperienced beginners desiring to throw their first pot. The studio is open to the public or can be reserved for special events or parties. The gallery and studio are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

For additional information and a list of scheduled special events go to or visit the gallery's website at or by calling 563-252-2787.

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