Blanden Art Museum Grounds

920 3rd Avenue South, Fort Dodge, IA

Saturday, June 21st from 10:00am to 3:00pm

The Blanden Arts Festival is a free of charge event for everyone! The Festival is located on the Museum grounds and will be going on from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, June 21st rain or shine.


At the Blanden Arts Festival there will be activities for children/families, artists selling their pieces of work, performances, music, and food! Don't miss out on the excitement at  the Blanden Arts Festival on Saturday,  June 21st! We promise everything you need for a fun family outing will be here!


Performance times, artists, and other information is listed below. 

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    Oz Magic
    from Des Moines, Iowa is a Magician 
    Performing from:
    10:30am — 11:10am

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    Stage Door Productions
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa is a Musical Theatre group
    Performing from:
    11:30am — 12:10pm

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    Robert Patton
    from Gowrie, Iowa is a Baritone vocalist
    Performing from:
    12:30pm — 1:10pm

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    Jive for Five
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa is a Brass Quintet
    Performing from:
    1:30pm — 2:10pm


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    Doug Abbott
    from St. Paul, Minnesota
    Doug works in a variety of media, including metal and sculpture. He is a 2010 Alumni of United Theological Seminary. Drawing upon his graduate work in Theology and Art, he has a passion for exploring the intersection of nature, art, and personal spiritual practice. He is particularly drawn to the power art has to bring an imagined idea forward into existence. Doug’s work is held in private and institutional collections.

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    Marilyn Anderson
    from Roland, Iowa
    Marilyn Anderson studied architecture and art/craft design at Iowa State University and has over 35 years of experience in spinning, dyeing, and weaving. She specializes in custom rug weaving. She has shown and sold her work at various art festivals in Iowa and Minnesota and is a former president of the Ames Area Weavers Guild. Since 1988 she has been the owner/weaver Cedars Weaving Studio near Story City, IA.

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    Kay Baldus
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Kay Baldus studied Art and Design at Iowa State University. Kay is a clay and paper artist and has won awards for her acrylic painitings in past art exhibitions held at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, IA. She has also won awards for her ceramic and hand-made paper work at numerous other art shows.

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    Deb Casey, Windows & Webs
    from Rockwell City, Iowa
    Windows and Webs is a web design and stained glass studio. The studio has a showroom of picture frames, sun catchers, candle shelters, large and small window panels, business card holders, and hanging vases.  Windows and Webs is owned by Deb Casey and has been open since 2011.

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    Billy Cho
    from Coralville, Iowa
    Billy is originally from Hong Kong, China, He studied ceramic at Iowa Central Community College, Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Iowa. He was artist in residence at the Produce Staton Pottery for 2 1/2 years and he is currently a graduate student in the Ceramics MFA program at the University of Iowa.

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    Theo Clark
    from Oswego, Illinois
    Come experience a glimpse of Theo Clark's artistic lifestyle by taking a look at his beautiful creations through your own eyes. Theo creates abstract artwork and consistently utilizes a pallet knife to create unique textures that emphasizes line movement. Preview some of his work at the Blanden Arts Festival.

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    Betty Heideman
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa.
    Betty Heideman is from Fort Dodge, Iowa and specializes in Quilting. On the day of the festival Betty will have a variety of her quilts available for you to view. 

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    Mary Jo Hinds
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Mary Jo has been interested in art for years, and enjoyed watching her father who was a very good artist. Since her retirement, she has taken private lessons from a couple of local artists in the oil medium, and on her own has dabbled with watercolor. What started off as a hobby has quickly become a passion!

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    Ryan Knipp
    from Waterloo, Iowa
    Ryan Knipp is painter working mostly with acrylic paint on canvas.  His paintings which deal with pattern and vibrant color, are an attempt to create order within chaos.  Ryan has shown paintings at the Carmel Art & Film festival in Carmel, CA.  He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art.

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    Jillian Knutson
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Jillian creates different types of stoneware and pottery.

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    Diane Blair Kunzler
    from Des Moines, Iowa
    Diane create acrylic paintings and is apart of Kunzler Studios. Kunzler Studios was founded in 2013 by Kelly Kunzler, Kendall Kunzler Lensch, Diane Blair Kunzler, Mike Kunzler, and Scott Johnson. Kendall, Diane and Mike work out of a studio space in downtown Des Moines, Iowa; while Kelly works out of Columbus, Ohio.

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    Svana Lamb
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa.
    Local artist, Svana Lamb has the ability to demonstrate unique watercolor techniques. From beautiful landscapes to complex human figures this artist  has the ability to do it all.

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    Kendall Kunzler Lench
    from Des Moines, Iowa.
    Kendall focuses on mediums such as pastel and acrylic. This artist has the artistic ability to painting abstract and realism pieces.

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    Laurel Mors
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa
     Laurel Mors is a retired prize-winning interior designer. After retiring from designing law offices, businesses and homes she started designing jewelry and hosting craft shows. The craft shows are in the past, but the need to create lives on.

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    Paul Peterson
    from Eagle Grove, Iowa
    Paul Peterson, does business as Elegant Wood Turning, began woodworking in 1991 with a scroll saw to cut out designs. As lasers became more prevalent for scroll work he decided to go back to lathe turning. He attended about 14 shows last year, including Market on Central in downtown Fort Dodge, and plans on attending about 26 shows in 2014.

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    Maureen Powers
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Maureen has been a professional photographer for 35 years. She graduated from Hawkeye Institute of Technology with a Degree in Photography and is now on the Advisory Board of Directors there. During her career she has been in the Top 10 Photographers of Iowa, Top Photographer in Iowa, Top Master Photographer of Iowa, received numerous Kodak Gallery Awards and has 11 images in the Traveling Loan Collection.

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    Sharon Rippke
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Sharon Rippke has  been doing various styles of bead work for about 20 years now and is the owner/operator of a studio called Moonblossom.  She is what you call, a trader, and she sells all forms of handmade items from earring, hatbands, chokers, and necklaces.

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    Delayne Segar
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Delayne Derrig Segar is an aspiring artist from Fort Dodge.  She learned Pine Needle Basket weaving through a class offered at the Blanden Museum in Fort Dodge several years ago and has won First Place Awards at art shows for her work.  The baskets and pins she creates are offered for sale at the Blanden Museum One of a Kind gift shop in Fort Dodge.  She also paints Iowa landscapes and has studied portraiture with artist Mary Muller.

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    Joan Sullivan
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Joan's medium of choice is pastel, although she also enjoys oils. She has sold art work locally and nationally. She is a member of the Iowa Pastel Society and Iowa Artists. Her work has been at the Iowa State Fair and is for sale at The Blanden Art Museum. She has had 6 of her pieces qualify for the Iowa Artists State Show and has exhibited her art at the Des Moines Women's Club, CS Bank, Citizens Central & the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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    Beth Tepe
    from Newton, Iowa
    Beth creates pottery and stained glass.

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    Bobby Tso
    from Maryville, Missouri
    Bobby creates multimedia sculptures. He was recently featured in, "Ceramics Now" Magazine for his work. Click on the "more info" button to view his work.

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    Brant Weiland
    from Maryville, Missouri
    Brant creates large scale Raku pottery.

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    Gary Winkler
    from Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Gary uses a plasma torch and various types of metal to create sculptures. Everything Gary creates is hand-made and the variety of metals he works with is stainless steel, brass, and some copper. To view more of his work please visit the Blanden Arts Festival!

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    Raymond Williams
    from Rockwell City, Iowa
    Raymond works with turned wood.


  • Jennifer Dutcher
    Jennifer will have a popular weaving project where the children create woven patterns around a cup.  Jennifer will provide the yarns and fiber materials.  The museum will provide plastic cups, children’s scissors and 8” x 8” white foam-core pieces [looms].  Ms. Dutcher is a certified K-12 art teacher, currently teaching in Fort Dodge, with 16 years of instructing in both academic and museum settings.

  • Pam Dennis
    Pam will have a medium height, pre-constructed willow “bush”-shape.  Children create small hanging ornaments for the community/museum’s willow branch sculpture.  Pam will bring all supplies including bottle tops, beads, wire, yarn and miscellaneous objects.  Pam Dennis lives in Ogden where she holds sculpture and ceramics workshops.  With over 25 years elementary and middle-school class art teaching experience at public school systems, charter schools, botanical centers and museums.  Ms. Dennis’s large scale sculptures can be seen currently in Reiman Gardens, Ames.

  • Diane Sinclair
     Diane will have a variety of printmaking activities.  Children can create bubble prints, fish prints, marbling, fingerprint prints and gadget prints.  Diane will bring all supplies.  Ms. Sinclair has 33 years of teaching experience at NE Hamilton.  She lives in Blairsburg and is currently librarian at Williams Public Library and has art activity sessions weekly with children during story-time

  • Diane O'Hern
    Diane will have sculpture construction activities with clay and wood building materials.  Children can use air-dry white clay to create fish, birds, animals, flowers, cars, castles and paint or color these small-scale sculptures.  Alternatively, using wood tiles and small wood pre-cut shapes, children can create a sculpture on an 8” x 8” white foam-core base.  Museum will provide all air-dry clay, watercolor paints, brushes, water, water cups, paper towels, small wood titles, small wood shapes, wood glue, craft sticks and pre-cut 8” square pieces of foam-core.  Diane lives in Eagle Grove and taught K-8 art for 32 years.