Get Inspired at the Driftless Area Art Festival
We’ve talked many times about how important and beautiful the sculpted lands of the Driftless Area are. The forested hillsides and steep bluffs that characterize the Driftless Area stand in sharp contrast to the typically flat lands of America’s Midwest, which were flattened by retreating glaciers in the last ice age. These untouched lands have been a lasting source of inspiration to the many artists that call this region home, including painters, potters, woodworkers, weavers, metalsmiths, musicians, and more. While it’s possible to experience their art in various regional studios, galleries, and stores, these artists come together once a year to celebrate their art at the popular Driftless Area Art Festival in our hometown of Soldiers Grove. To experience this artistic world at its best, book your room at our Wisconsin Vacation Rental today.
Driftless Area Art Festival
The Driftless Area Art Festival is a must-do activity for anyone that appreciates local art and artisans. This event only happens once a year, during the third weekend in September, and is a fantastic opportunity to explore the exceptional variety of art produced in the Driftless Area. To experience art at this magnitude, you’d have to otherwise spend countless days exploring regional studios and galleries. At the Driftless Area Art Festival, you’ll find traditional visual arts produced by a variety of artisans, including paintings and pieces made with clay, glass, wood, or metal. Another popular feature of the Driftless Area Art Festival is the KidsArt and Teen Art Gallery. Here, you’ll find the creative works of elementary and middle school students from all parts of the Driftless Area, in an effort to encourage the next generation of Driftless Area artists. All said, this spectacular event includes over 80 visual arts exhibitors, in addition to live performing artists and great local foods.
The Driftless Area Art Festival is a wonderful place to sample the flavors of the Driftless Area. All offerings in the culinary arts are made with locally grown and/or organic ingredients whenever possible. Local favorites featured at this event are Kickapoo Coffee, Crepe Jean Luc, Driftless Brewing Company, Home Grown Pizza, and more. You’ll also find the new edible arts exhibit, where these artisans will exhibit, offer samples, and sell their creations. Vendors included here are Austin’s Rush Creek Farm, Del Sol Chocolates, Driftless Wisconsin Grown, Got2HavPie, Sugar Creek Winery, and Tea for the People. See this and more at the Driftless Area Art Festival when you book your room at our Wisconsin Vacation Rental.
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15662 Vance Rd
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin 54655
Our family stayed in mid-August. We had a very relaxing visit. The house is comfortable and the property is encircled by hills, making the experience a unique getaway. We enjoyed building bonfires each night, hanging out in the nice living room and taking the surprisingly lengthy hikes that are all on the property. Mornings started with coffee on the second story porch overlooking the meadow and hills, evenings ended with zero noise except that made by nature or our family. Each night there was a canopy of bright stars that weren't diluted by light pollution. We enjoyed hiking Wildcat Mountain, canoeing down the Kickapoo, roasting smores and hanging out. My son and I tried our luck at trout fishing in a nearby stream (Tainter?). It was an enjoyable, unique experience although we didn't catch anything. We'll be back.
- Dave, Eau Claire, WI