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Members of the local arts guild are making final preparations for Saturday's event.

In addition to the 33 artists who will share their work with those who attend the Arts in the Park festival that begins at 9 a.m. this Saturday at Celebration Park in Vinton, several area musicians will also be performing throughout the day.

Those singers and players include:

Mark Hancock

Mark is an acoustic guitar player who lives in Vinton. He might not be heard much here, but he is known for playing various open mics in eastern Iowa, including the Amanas and Stone City.

Castle Ridge

Castle Ridge is a three-piece band that is well-known in the Iowa bluegrass community. They have and do perform extensively in eastern Iowa, and have a repertoire that extends beyond blugrass into the realm of old time music as well.

Sam Thompson

Sam was a member and lead singer for Big Wooden Radio for many years. Big Wooden Radio was an roots-based acoustic band from Iowa City that played with the likes of Wilco, The Neville Brothers, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Del McCoury Band, Dan Hicks, and Big Sandy & His Flyright Boys.

Todd Frank

Todd has been a resident of Vinton for over 25 years. He plays acoustic folk music and writes many of his own songs which focus on living in the rural midwest.

About the Art Festival

The festival will include 33 artists displaying their artworks, says Paul Roster, one of the members of the Vinton Guild of Fine Arts.

'Smokin on the Cedar' will be selling food. The Vinton Guild of Fine Arts will be selling beverages.

"And most importantly," says Roster, "we will be presenting Stephanie and Amillianna King a check that the guild was able to raise with the silent auction last month. Stephanie will speak about the experiences of her family and her daughters fight with cancer. She is hoping to have a doctor speak about this type of cancer to create an awareness of it."

The artists

Here is a list of the artists who plan to participate:


Gloria Orcutt, Vinton

Earlene Stuck, Atkins

Anita Gordon, Vinton

Kim Fischels, Vinton

Kelly Primrose, Vinton

Leslie Mullnix, Mt. Auburn

Therese Foth, Vinton

Lora Walker, Vinton

Amanda Dedrick, Vinton

Drawing & Pastels

Mya Brown, Vinton


Gordon Bowen, Vinton

Frank Ditri, Cedar Rapids

Wood carving

*Brad Davis, Lamont

Home furnishings/décor

Steve Haefner, West Des Moines


Ann Jorgensen, Garrison

Rich Herrmann, Mount Vernon

Glass blowing

*Sean Heinrich, Cedar Rapids

Stephen Mineck, Vinton

Multiple offerings

Ivy Hinrichs, Cedar Rapids – painting, décor, illustration, photography

Sara Kreutner, Vinton – painting, drawing, photos, crafts, calligraphy

Brenda Kersevich, Vinton – painting, drawing

Angie Klinzing, Vinton – jewelry, kumihimo, loom knitting, crafts

*Brian Parr & Jennifer Parr, Vinton – chainsaw carving, painting, drawing

Bonnie Deutsch, Vinton – carving, jewelry, flowers, wooden items

Marvin Drenter, Vinton – drawing and models

Dandeena Schadle, Van Horne – painting, drawing, ceramics, pastels

Paul, Mandy, and Shelby Roster, Vinton – painting, drawing, jewelry, carving

Barbara Campbell, Vinton – painting, drawing

Priscilla Hepker, Center Point – painting, photography

Regina Fennern, Vinton – crafts made from recycled materials

An * represents artists who will be doing demonstrations during the festival.

See more information about the Guild and Festival HERE.

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