It was raining artists and musicians Sunday rather than the usual cats and dogs as the Fort Madison Area Artists Association’s annual Art-in-Central Park was moved indoors to three locations in the 800 block of Avenue G.
“It happened once before and we postponed, but we learned that didn’t work since some artists were booked elsewhere on the alternative date,” FMAAA Executive Director Brian Riggs said as he unloaded pumpkins for one of the Kids Zone activities that was moved to Dollhouse Dreams. “One year things looked iffy, but we lucked out and the rain went by us. It’s bound to happen once in a while.”
Briggs said he was impressed by his volunteers that rallied to move the activities to alternative sites and man the various stations.
“I really want to thank Chi Eastin who opened up the old Lee County Bank building for us,” he said.
Artists displayed their work, ranging from metal sculptures, paintings, photograph to decorated stones and tie-dyed clothing, at the old bank building.
Carol Parson had a dual purpose for displaying her tie-dyed shirts and children’s clothing. Her proceeds from Sunday went to Fort Madison High School Girls Track Team on which her granddaughter belongs.
“Brian Mendez (FMHS coach) told me they need new starter blocks, but the boys can benefit from those too,” she said.
Of the 23 artists booked at Art-in-Central Park, only five cancelled. The rest showed up and adapted their displays to the indoor setting.
At Dollhouse Dreams, kids slowly strolled in one by one, but pleased to see Supergirl, portrayed by Terri Holterhaus, walk in under an umbrella.
“Water and Kryptonite, those can do me in,” Supergirl joked as she entered the store.
Joining Supergirl was Sweet Mimi the Balloon Clown who make balloon figures. Children were able to select which figure would be going him wit them among about 15 options.
There were also 30 plus pumpkins lining the storefront window at Dollhouse Dreams waiting to be painted.
The Kids Zone activities were offered free of charge thanks to sponsorship from Seither &. Cherry, Inc.
On the other side of the block music could be heard as the musician and food offerings were moved to the FMAAA art gallery.
One-man-band veteran Bocephus Wayne, sponsored by Jim Baier, Inc., kicked off the afternoon of live entertainment, followed by the bluegrass sounds of The Hillsiders (Stephanie White and Brad Kurtz), sponsored by MidWestOne Bank, and Clay Huston, sponsored by SunnyBrook of Fort Madison.
Food and beverages were provided inside the art gallery, compliments of The Lost Duck.
The event sponsor was Axalta Coating Systems.
“It’s time like this that you really appreciate your sponsors. Ours hang in there year after year, and there a few times like thins when we’re going to take a hit with lower attendance,” Riggs added.