Lanesboro Arts' Annual Art Festival
The 42nd annual Art in the Park fine art festival in Lanesboro, Minnesota on Saturday, June 17th features fine art booths, and family art activities in the midst of mature shade trees in the beautiful setting of Sylvan Park. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that June 17th is the Saturday before Father’s Day. Hosted by LANESBORO ARTS, a multidisciplinary nonprofit with a 40+ year legacy of supporting art and artists in the scenic Lanesboro area, the annual Art in the Park festival is southern Minnesota’s longest running fine art fair! Renowned for quality, variety and value, Art in the Park attracts thousands of regional patrons to Sylvan Park in Lanesboro each year. Admission is free. Handicap parking is available at Sylvan Park. Socialized dogs on leashes are permitted.
Nestled in the heart of Bluff Country along the Root River, Lanesboro is the hidden gem of Southeastern Minnesota. With an extraordinarily high density of creative activities concentrated in such a small community, Lanesboro (pop. 754) was declared one of the country’s “Top 12 Small Town Artplaces” in 2013 by Artplace America. The Root River State Bike Trail, rated one of the best trails in Minnesota, runs right through Lanesboro’s authentic 19th century downtown. This picturesque hub of activity invites travelers of all stripes to indulge in one of many tantalizing restaurants or unique shops.
The focal point of Art in the Park is, of course, the art! Fine art and fine craft artist booths encircle Sylvan Park underneath canopies of shade, featuring a wide variety of artist-made work by over 90 artists from the tri-state region. Artwork includes paintings, photography, fine jewelry, textile rugs & quilts, hand thrown ceramics, stained glass, blown & fused glass sculptures, artworks utilizing reclaimed wood, stoneware clay pottery, metalwork, woven baskets, whimsical welded yard art, and more. Check out the bottom of this page for the list of the 2023 participating artists.
Interested in applying for the 2024 festival? – Learn More Here.
Food & Beverages:
Available food options in 2023 are pulled pork sandwiches and smoked chicken (Biggen’s BBQ of Peterson), burgers and sandwiches (Smash-It Burgers), tacos (Taqueria El Sueño), and brats and hot dogs (Lanesboro High School Sophomore and Junior TexMex Fundraiser). The Farmers Market is also offering fresh food and healthy snack stands. There will also be a Dessert Booth featuring home-made baked goods (Discovery Faith Community).
Beverages will be available from Lanesboro Community Theater (ice-cold pop, lemonade, and water). Craft beer will be provided by Kinney Creek Brewery of Rochester, KARST Brewing of Fountain, Island City Brewing of Winona, and Lanesboro’s very own Sylvan Brewing.
A whole lineup of live musicians will add a joyful ambiance and additional entertainment to Art in the Park 2023 from Sylvan Park’s central Gazebo. This year’s Art in the Park features live performances from The Rutabaga Brothers (10:30 am-12:00 pm), Squirrel Tail (12:15 pm – 1:45 pm), Nathan’s Jazzers featuring Mariah Ciangiola (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm), and River Crossing (3:45 pm – 5:00pm).
The Rutabaga Brothers are an upbeat and danceable R & B combo that puts smiles on your faces because it “Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.” With selections by such artists as Wilson Picket, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Delbert McClinton, The Blues Brothers, Eddie Floyd, Etta James, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed and many others, The Brothers will have you rockin’ your blues away. That’s the secret to the blues: Listening to it makes you feel happy.
Squirrel Tail is a group of musicians from Minnesota and Iowa. They have enjoyed playing their bluegrass and old country music at area festivals and town celebrations. Each musician plays a variety of instruments, including everything from the fiddle and guitar all the way to the occasional train whistle!
Nathan’s Jazzers featuring Mariah Ciangiola is an easy-going group of guys and a gal who have been playing music for many years. The variety and improvisation found in Jazz standards is a fun challenge for the group, who will knock your socks of with their classic big band sound. Nathan Davidson, the group’s front man, is the founder of CBB Jazz Combo as well as the Lost Faculties. Mariah Ciangiola is an actress and vocalist who has sung around the world as lead Vocalist for AIDA Cruiselines.
River Crossing is a unique local trio that plays an engaging, eclectic mix of songs. From infectious rhythm and blues and deep roots to neo-soul and modern singer-songwriter tunes that will welcome you to sit back and enjoy. Members Paul Schmidt, Ryan Palmer, and Jeff Sanders met at an open mic in Lanesboro in 2021 and found they all share the same passion for creating and supporting local music.
2023 Kids & Family Activities:
Kids Create! “Make a Tie for Dad” art project
All Glazed Up-Studio Motif (Painting)
Austin Area Art Center (Bubbles)
List of Artist Vendors at Art in the Park 2023!
Sarah Davis | Guttenberg, IA
Alexis Zaccariello | Rochester, MN
Jennifer Nahl | Decorah, IA
Rock Johnsen | Minneapolis, MN
Tanner Talbot | Monticello, MN | Emerging Artist
Molly and Andrew Rivera | Hutchinson, MN
Nina Preheim | Duluth, MN
Mike Zierke | Onalaska, WI
Elizabeth Forsman | Rochester, MN
Suzy Johnson | St. Paul, MN | Emerging Artist
Michael Klen | La Crosse, MN
Linda Carlson | Minnesota City, MN
Nicole Burk | Rushford, MN
Judy Christensen | Stillwater, MN
Connie Kopet and Sue Connolly | Le Center, MN
Robert Hale | North Branch, MN
Rachel Pauli | Winona, MN
Madeline Allen | Rochester, MN
Amy Johnson | Rochester, MN | Emerging Artist
Janice Ahlstrom | Eagan, MN
Robert Geisel | Madison, WI
Angel Teske | Minneapolis, MN
Greta Hammelman | Minneapolis, MN
Madelyn Coffey | Monticello, MN | Emerging Artist
Lake Garren | Trempealeau, WI
Ann Beddow | Bloomington, MN
Sarah Moeding | Jeffers, MN
Christy Dickinson | West St. Paul, MN
Tracy and Deb Heimer | Stacyville, IA
Sharon and Duane Kirkland | Maple Grove, MN
Alissa Rindels-Walton | Shell Rock, IA
Scarlett Rosemark | Eagan, MN
Gary Harbo | Eagan, MN
Isabel Emerson | Elk River, MN | Emerging Artist
Courtney Lavan and James Ylinen | Superior, WI
Angela Strobel and Steve Jambor | White Bear Lake, MN
Tonja Ihlenfeldt | Mason City, IA
MaryLee Eischen | Winona, MN
Laura Burlis | Minneapolis, MN
Craig Wojciechowski | Foley, MN
Shanna McCann | Byron, MN
Jay Skranka | Winona, MN
Cindy Quiring | Mountain, MN
Erin Maurelli | Roseville, MN
Jae Julianne | Lanesboro, MN | Emerging Artist
Sandy Leisen | St. Charles, MN | Emerging Artist
Steve Harris | Motley, MN
Grace Burski | Sauk Centre, MN
Connie Parrett | Rochester, MN
Lanesboro Area Art Tour| Lanesboro, MN
Ashley Erickson | Minneapolis, MN
Jen Pietrzak | Byron, MN | Emerging Artist
Dennis Theiler | Winona, MN
Joey Selzler | Edina, MN | Emerging Artist
Echo Larson | Duluth, MN | Emerging Artist
Bill Zierke | Onalaska, WI
Becky Loy | Oronoko, MN
Gretchen Wood | Appleton, WI
Libby Deyo | Winona, MN
Jeanna Krause | Bay City, WI | Emerging Artist
Susan Anderson | Ham Lake, MN
Jon Reiss | St. Louis Park, MN
Suzy Johnson | St. Paul, MN
Brenna Brom | Rochester, MN
Megan Njoroge | Rochester, MN | Emerging Artist
Carrie Arnold | Rochester, MN | Emerging Artist
Elizabeth England | Rochester, MN | Emerging Artist
Kevin Petersen | Rochester, MN | Emerging Artist
Zoe Craig | Viroqua, WI | Emerging Artist
Andy Fiore | Foley, MN
Brian Curski | Coon Rapids, MN | Emerging Artist
Mike Gustafson | Des Moines, IA
Ian Hanson | Grand Meadow, MN
Brady Flower | Minneapolis, MN
Doug Cummelin | Bloomington, MN
Mark Lajiness | Janesville, WI
Ashley Neary | Viroqua, WI
Audra Otto | Harmony, MN | Emerging Artist
Kerri Peck | Lakeville, MN
Nicole Brecht | Carver, MN
Susan Parham | Eagan, MN
Mary Bronk | Lanesboro, MN
Jane Grevstad | Lanesboro, MN
Chelsey Mingone | Zumbrota, MN | Emerging Artist
Keith Rolling | Blue Earth, MN
David and Lynn Susag | Lanesboro, MN
Ronald Anderson | Byron, MN
Kylie Guimont| Braham, MN
Patrick Plautz | Eagan, MN
Jennifer Linck-Tollefsbol | Oakdale, MN
James Harvey | Eden Prairie, MN
Charles Henry | Faribault, MN | Emerging Artist
Lyle Morey | Wykoff, MN | Emerging Artist
Robert Shaffer | New Prague, MN | Emerging Artist
Dawn Quinn | Lake City, MN | Emerging Artist
Philip Waletzko | La Crosse, MN | Emerging Artist
Dave and Elizabeth Galloway | Spring Grove, MN
Volunteering at Art in the Park!
We need your help in making another successful Art in the Park festival possible! Please sign up in support of Lanesboro Arts and this amazing, long-standing community event. Shifts are available helping with the Set-Up/Tear-Down, Information, Family Art, and Beer Booths. All ages welcome!
Please contact Kara Maloney at email@example.com and she can sign you up.