It doesn’t get much better than spending a beautiful day at an Art Festival and if that Art Festival is the Lakeville Art Festival you are in for a great time regardless of your age or gender.  It is one of the more interactive art festivals and encourages people of all ages to participate in “making” art.

It is a juried Art Festival so the vendors are terrific artisans, but when I go to an art festival I am looking for that emerging artist who is amazingly creative and takes art a new level.  While there are always excellent painters, photographers, potters and jewelers it does get a little tiring and quite frankly boring after a couple hours.  Then, as if popping up out of nowhere there is a very special person who had a vision just a little different than all the others and their work is unique and fun!  At the Lakeville Arts Festival I found two who just blew me away with their work.

With some pipe, antique gauges, gears and components from early American factories, warehouses, boiler rooms and vintage machinery Shawn makes the most awesome Machine Age Lamps.  Shawn lives in Lakeville and builds these unique lamps in his garage.   Be sure to check out his website.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Over the past year I have had the opportunity and honor to meet a number of artists who didn’t know they were artistic, and certainly not in a way that would provide a living.  It was as a result of an injury or illness which made it impossible for them to continue in their chosen profession that they accidentally found a place in the art world.   While they are usually called Emerging Artists, I would call them Accidental Artists both literally and figuratively.

Brian Delozier is one of those Accidental Artists.  A tragic accident  on the ski slope when Brian was 16 changed his life forever! A friend of his suggested he try art to which he responded “I can’t draw”, but being open to trying anything he started playing around with it and soon established himself as a notable Pointillist.  His pictures are comprised of thousands of dots on a blank piece of paper.  His work is amazing!  The pictures here don’t do the mastery of his work justice so please visit his website

I had not heard of pointillism before so went to Google for help.  Pointillism was created by George Seurat in the late 1800s.  It’s tedious work so the artist must have a very long attention span as well as way more patience than the average person. Seurat’s famous “A Sunday in the Park”. which hangs in the “Chicago Art Institute” took him 2 years to finish and has about 3,456,000 dots.  (Who counted them?)

I learned that an outdoor festival is a great place to bring your dog to enhance its people socialization skills.  Louise Aamodt and her two sons brought their 8 month old boxer, Pogo, to the festival.  He met lots of people and, shy at first, he began to welcome the attention.  Pogo   is a rescue dog and is a beautiful dog as you can see.

Every festival has its “Best Dressed”.  This year the winner is “Guy in Top Hat”



And there must be music ….



And of course, FOOD…

And it gets even better when the festival is held in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market…

The Lakeville Minnesota Art Festival is one of my top five festivals in Minnesota.  Put it on your calendar for next year.

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