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Flowing river, dazzling art featured at Art on the Kinni

Old time band "Junction Mill" featuring Brian Mulrooney, Bruce Mann, Tom Schreiber and Ken Hatcher played the Pathway Stage at last year’s Art on the Kinni, 2012. During this year’s event, bands and soloists will provide music on two stages throughout from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As it has for the last 18 years, Art on the Kinni (AOK), will again fill the White Pathway and Heritage and Veterans parks with a multitude of artistic expressions.

The River Falls Community Arts Base (CAB) sponsored event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

According to CAB board member, Sue Bridwell Beckham, "Last year the art fair had 57 juried artists. This year 71 have been accepted, including the four 'budding artists.'"

"This year the pathway will be bursting at the seams with artists," said CAB board President and AOK co-chair, Steve Preisler. Jill Wertz is the other co-chair.

Preisler went on to say that CAB worked with the city of River Falls to make sure they had enough space for the event.

Preisler, who's worked on AOK for three years, said there will be more extensive paintings as well as wood, fiber and metal artists on hand.

He added that they are "wonderfully covered in jewelry, glass, pottery and ceramics."

There will also be some photography and print materials at this year's AOK.

CAB is predicting a large crowd, much like last year where Bridwell Beckham said "nearly 5,000 guests showed up."

Preisler said that, fortunately, the last three years there was beautiful weather for Art on the Kinni.

During the event four cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded  to participating artists -- Best of Show, 2nd place and two honorable


AOK will also feature the popular, "children's art tent." This year little ones will have the opportunity to create their own Kaleidoscopes with tubes, sparkly jewels and non-breakable mirrors, said Bridwell Beckham.

As always, the art show will feature a vast array of food choices. Bridwell Beckham said there will be wood fired pizza, cheese curds, brats, hamburgers, and more.

New this year is the addition of a chocolatier, "Candy Creations by Kelly," and WestWind Supper Club will be featuring fried pork belly tacos, an ode the following day's Bacon Bash.

Also on hand, for those looking for a sweet treat is Miss Tilly's Frosted Almonds and root beer floats from Riverwalk Mercantile.

Bridwell Beckham said that the following vendors will make a return appearance: Taste of Greece, Mariachi Loco, Dish and Spoon Café, South Fork Cafe and 4 Reasons Kettle Corn.

He added that there will be a tent set up near the old power plant for those wishing to get out of the sun.

As most people know AOK, which started as 25-30 tables in Glen Park, would not be complete without music. This year the people who bring you the Friday and Saturday night Music in the Park series said there will be music along the White Pathway and in Veteran's Park.

Musical acts that are confirmed include: The Buskers, Josh Anderson, Joe Loftus, Karl Nilsen, Denny Cooper, Old School, and more.

For more information about the Saturday, Sept. 7, Art on the Kinni, visit

See the Aug. 29 edition of the Journal for the complete story.

Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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