Arts on the Square
ARTicipation week culminates Aug. 20
Arts on the Square opens at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, on the grounds and city streets surrounding City Square in downtown Waupaca.
The festival features multiple music venues, a juried art show, workshops, demonstrations, food court and beer tent.
This year, the festival will host a dedication for Waupaca’s new downtown sculpture, “The Great Wave of Waupaca.”
Sculpture artist Luke Achterberg, will give a brief talk about his work at noon in front of the Workshop Tent, and then lead a tour to the sculpture on North Main Street.
The festival’s Main Tent Stage will host five music acts, including Ukelyptus; singer-songwriter Christopher Gold; and the Americana band, Desperate Ottos.
Children’s performer, Tom Pease and the Aber Suzuki Center also will perform.
The indoor Jazz Stage will feature Erin Krebs, 12:15-2:15 p.m., and the quartet Pegasis, 3-5 p.m.
Vibhas Kendzia will appear on the City Square Bandstand and throughout the venue.
The Juried Fine Art Show in fron of the Waupaca Area Public Library will include 40 artist booths, featuring a range of art forms from local and national artists.
Six on-site, walk-up art workshops will run throughout the day for an interactive art experience for all ages at the festival.
Professional art demonstrations will include woodworking, glass blowing, pottery, spray art painting, and glow-neon art.
Two pop-up art experiences are included — the Phantom Art Gallery, 219 Jefferson St., and The Kids’ Art Camp Public Art Hunt on the festival grounds. Art Hunt tip sheets will be available in the Info Booth and Workshop Tent.
A Dance Tent will feature dance performances by the Waupaca Dance Team, Waupaca Senior Center Cardio Drumming group and Zaibas Lithuanian Dancers.
And scattered throughout the venue, Haiku Chalkboards will give residents and visitors alike the chance to self-publish their own haikus.
The food court will include Grilligan’s, Primitive Pastures, El Agave, Street Grub, Hmong Eggrolls, Rustic Java and King Kone.
A beer tent also will be on site for ages 21 and older.
For more details and a map of the grounds, go to WCAB’s website at www.waupacaarts.org.