MacNider Arts Festival

The 2022 MacNider Arts Festival date is June 11!

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is pleased to announce the in-person return of the MacNider Arts Festival and Outdoor Art Market.  This year’s “Growing With Art” garden and insect theme will encourage children to use their imaginations while creating fun crafts on Sat., June 12 from 9 am – 5 pm. Arts activities for children, an Art Market of talented artists, and musical entertainment will all be part of the fun. 

All events are on the lawns of the Museum and the adjacent Mason City Public Library at 303 2nd Street SE in Mason City. Please note that the Museum is taking COVID-19 precautions and encouraging volunteers to wear a mask and/or face shield during their shifts. The wearing of masks or face shields by attendees is highly recommended. Unfortunately there will not be a pancake breakfast this year due to COVID-19 safety precautions. The Museum will sell pre-made food for festival goers to purchase throughout the day.  Proceeds of the food sales benefit the festival and Museum programming.

Children’s activities will be offered from 9 am to 5 pm, and are free. Four crafts, including flower seed bombs, yard art CDs, clothespin butterflies, and fruit bookmarks, will be available for with volunteers on hand to assist. Steps are being taken to reduce crowding at craft tables and volunteers will sanitize craft supplies between uses. There will also be live musical entertainment throughout the day, including the Mason City Municipal Band (9-10 am), the Mercury 3 (10:30 am-12:30 pm), Sam Crosser (1-3 pm), and 3 Wheels and A Flat (3:30-5 pm).

The Art Market will be open from 9 am – 4 pm with many fine artists and crafts persons.  This is your opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind pottery, jewelry, sculptures, glass, and much more.  By purchasing work from these artists you are not only supporting local talent, you are purchasing quality unique art.  Participating artists are: Elizabeth Long, Bruce Litterer, Mickey & Dan Johnson, Susan Roskens, Rebecca Counts, Peggy Cornick, Tasia Hart, Anne Ferguson, Terry Ferguson, Doug Adams, Rory Mattson, Laura Ross, Shelly Laffe, Lori Biwer-Stewart, Tom Sack, and Jenny Levernier.

Area citizens are being recruited to volunteer during the Festival.  If you are interested in volunteering during part of this event, contact Mara at the Museum at 641-421-3666.

Sponsors include Principal Foundation, Iowa Arts Council (via operations grant), North Iowa Eye Clinic, Central Park Dentistry, Clear Lake Bank & Trust, Cutting Edge Investments, Dental Center of North Iowa, Good Shepherd, Hank’s Plumbing, Kristy Marquis Insurance, Metalcraft, Pamela Little Inc., Raymond James Associates, Router 12 Networks, Schupick & Associates, & the generous people of North Iowa. Sponsorships such as these help insure the festival remains free for the community.