CEDAR FALLS --- You might say Alice Dolenger was "discovered" at the first ARTapalooza in 2005.
"People who had known me for years didn't know that I painted, so participating in ARTapalooza jump-started my career," the Cedar Falls artist said, smiling. Her landscapes and still lifes are painted in watercolor, acrylic and oils, and she's known for her downtown Cedar Falls scenes that are highly collectible.
Dolenger and more than 50 other artists will display and sell their work Saturday at the sixth annual ARTapalooza on the Parkade. There also will be demonstrations, live music, entertainment and hands-on activities. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.
"Interest has grown every year among the artists and the public. We limit the number of participates to keep the quality high, and it's a juried show which is important for artists. The public also likes the size of show because they can see everything and visit with the artists," said Barbara Brown, ARTapalooza chairperson.
"The event draws attention to what downtown Cedar Falls has to offer, too," said Jan Anderson of Community Main Street, a member of the planning committee. "It's a great place for regional artists to showcase their work . Merchants like it, too, because it's good for their business."
In addition, food vessels were created by Holmes Junior High School students and will be sold at the event. Proceeds will benefit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.
Artwork will include ceramics, metal, acrylics, watercolor, photography, beading, glass, carving, jewelry, fiber and mixed media. Alice Bullers will demonstrate weaving. Merchants will participate with sponsored activities along the sidewalk, and visitors are encouraged to stop and eat at restaurants along the Parkade. Thursday Painters will be painting en plein air, and street food vendors will add to the mix.
Numerous activities for children are designed to engage and entertain, said Andersen, as a way to encourage new generations of arts enthusiasts, including canvas and face painting, paper flower making, yarn bracelets, cookie decorating and making monster book marks. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra will set up their instrument petting zoo for hands-on fun.