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Art draws crowd to Forestedge

Melody Becker talks with Bill Sumner of Princeton about the needle-felting art Sumner and his wife Linda create using a variety of tinted fibers. The Sumners' studio is called BearPaw Paperworks.(Robin Fish/Enterprise)1 / 4
Toasting the art fair together are friends Becky Bistodeau of Nevis, Denise Anderson of Hackensack, Linda and Allan Sjadin of Nevis, Dave and Barb Kocer of Nevis, Gary Bistodeau of Nevis and Paul T. Furth of Hackensack. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)2 / 4
Kyle Sorenson pours samples at the wine tasting booth during the Forestedge Winery art fair on Saturday. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)3 / 4
BobbieJo Vroom of Zimmerman and Dawn Swanson of Plymouth visit through a shelf of pottery with Fargo-based glass artist Jon Offutt. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)4 / 4

The grounds of Forestedge Winery, south of Laporte, were packed with people during the winery's annual art fair last weekend.

Visitors from throughout Minnesota and surrounding states thronged the winery, sampling wines, buying it by the glass or bottle, listening to live music and, of course, looking at art.

Artist booths featured not only painting and pottery but also fabric arts such as printed scarves and felted hats, photographs printed on steel, designs made of metal, wood and glass, and custom-made clocks, birdhouses, handbags.

Long lines formed at booths selling pizza, brats, turkey legs, ice cream and roasted nuts. As chairs and tables filled up on paved areas, guests sat down on the grass.

Bottled water was also offered at the stand selling wine. Nevertheless, emergency personnel responded on Saturday to at least one art patron who collapsed in the heat.