Art fair returns to Forestedge Winery
Guests enjoyed an array of regional art in a variety of media, plus food, drink and live music.
The Forestedge Winery of rural Laporte reclaimed its annual art fair from the cultural void of the COVID-19.
Among the area events that were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the art fair returned Saturday and Sunday with a bazaar lined by artists’ booths and a seating area ringed by food vendors.
Visitors came from at least as far away as Anaheim, California – by way of family members’ home in Walker – to look at jewelry, ceramics, wood carving, painting, photography, fiber art, stained glass and more, all created by regional artists.
Another booth was set aside as a memorial to Maureen O’Brien, with a notebook and a sketching tablet available for passersby to “share a thought … a treasured memory” and make art in her memory.
Artists included Aron Levandowski of Cokato, who does pottery with his wife Jennifer.
"We've been coming here for probably 8-10 years,” he said. “The time of year is really nice. You get the cool mornings, and it still warms up pretty quickly during the day.”
Levandowski said the Forestedge art fair is a big event for them because it’s not far from Bemidji, where he studied fine art. He said he recognizes a strong artistic, cultural community in the area.
“I love this art fair,” agreed photographer Liz Shaw of Park Rapids. “A lot of talented people. A lot of bright and happy customers.”