THANK YOU DRAKE HICKS
The Sioux Narrows Arts Council would like to thank Drake for the donation of this Blosser Whimsey to our Arts Festival Archives. Our 60th Anniversary exhibit, Art at the Lake, was a compilation of festival artist biographies and their original artwork going as far back as 1960. We continue to research artists and expand our collection to preserve the history of the Sioux Narrows Arts Council for years to come. We welcome your memories and stories about the festival and its artists over the years.
SIOUX NARROWS FESTIVAL ARTIST BIOS TO DATE
Dorothy Johnson Dr. .John Perl Art and Phyllis McKenzie
Aneita Gates Mackenzie Ward. Sister Katharine Reiter
Edith Holden. Kameron Gates Nicole Benson. Arthur Koby
James Larson Allen Turner Mariel Benson Tanis Rebbetoy
Karen and Brock Blosser Jennifer Swenson. Lee Paulson
Mary Backhouse Lucy Mallick Wanda Kabel Easton
Chelsea Horley Jeanie Woods Sister Catherine
WHERE IS YOUR WHIMSEY??
Thank you BROCK AND KAREN BLOSSER, the longest contributing artists of the Sioux Narrows Arts Festival.
For over 40 years Sioux Narrows has known these happy, cute and whimsical faces carved from fallen trees as Whimseys, art that is said to bring good luck to your home. But do you know the story of how Brock and Karen learned how to carve "Wurtzel Koerpfer" (rootheads) or "Berggeister" (mountain spirits) that have been carved for hundreds of years in Tyrol, a mountain province situated in the Swiss-Austrian-Italian Alps?
Well, in 1972 Brock and Karen headed on an adventure to watch the Olympics in Germany, with plans to travel and work afterwards. In Vienna, they met a wood carver named Sepp Hornachger. Sepp carved for a living and invited them to stay and learn how to carve with him. So, from Sept. '72 to April '73, Brock and Karen studied with Sepp in Vienna. They returned to the United States, and later moved to Canada where they began selling their Whimseys at local festivals.
Sioux Narrows Arts Festival 30 Years Ago
Sioux Narrows Satellite News 1967