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2024 Rising Star Mill Art Show

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This Memorial Day Weekend, history and art join together for a beloved community event, the Rising Star Mill Annual Art Show and Sale. The 156-year-old Rising Star Mill, located on County Q in the Village of Nelsonville, provides the backdrop for over 25 artisans to showcase and sell their creations. The show will take place on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th from 10 to 4 both days.


“The artisans and visitors at this show have really become a tight-knit community,” art show organizer Ashley Megal says, “we’re really excited to welcome everyone back and meet some new faces this year!”


The Rising Star Mill, built in 1868, has been a historic site owned and operated by the Portage County Historical Society since 1986. All proceeds from booth rental fees, refreshment sales, and retail sales help fund the annual maintenance expenses.


Admission is free, and BBQ and sweet treats are available in the Mill’s Feed Sack Room. Attendees can tour the mill with its unique architecture, visit friends while sitting on the deck overlooking the Tomorrow River, and watch the artists as they demonstrate their talents or even participate in producing artwork of their own.


New this year, there will be raffle items for attendees to win throughout the weekend that will also support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the Rising Star Mill.


The following is a list of artisans taking part in this year’s show.


New artisans at this year’s show include:

Ari Bault – Stone (lake) jewelry

Mark Brueggeman – Collage and letterpress

Kris Crubaugh – Ceramics

Wayne and Kay Dombrowski – Metal art

Erin Enk – Copper electro-formed jewelry, leather goods

Holly Fox – Acrylic painting

Emma Horton – Ceramics

Gina Johnson – Glass

Chloe Kreuser – Jewelry, mixed media with metals

Christina “UB” Munny – Acrylic paintings on leather, india and alcohol ink drawings

George Nickels – Oil painting

Karin Sieg – Drawing (pencil and markers)

Alexandra Sosin – Acrylic, gouache, mixed media, and textile arts


Returning this year are:

Jeanne Chase – Watercolor/alcohol inks

Linda Durant – Quilts

Marge Krogwald – Loom weaver

Gary Landowski – Pottery

Gary LeBouton – Photography

Jim McKnight – Watercolors

Ashley Megal – Color Pencil and ink drawings, cards, coloring books, and more!

Linda Packer – Wool needle-felted characters

Robert Rosen – Photography

Ann Rozner – Painted Lake Stones

Sue Semrow – Weaving (She’ll also be demonstrating on a historic loom!)

Toni Starr – Paintings and jewelry

Elise Thornton – Basketry

Nancy Thorson – Watercolors and collage

Tanya Victor – Jewelry

Lori Woldt – Metalsmith jewelry

A special thanks to this year's sponsors: Alchemy Concrete, Point Brewery, Ruby Coffee, and Bouressa Family Farm.

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