Lakefront Art Festival ready to go rain or shine

Posted at 7:09 PM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 20:09:28-04

In just two days, 180 artists from all over the country will be showcasing their best work to 25,000 attendees at the Lakefront Festival of Art from Friday to Sunday.

Between the lakefront and the skyline, tents are up, crews are finishing preparations and artists will take their places Thursday for the biggest art festival in Milwaukee.

"They’re showing all mediums from ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more," said Festival Manager Jenny Kobe.

Despite rain in the forecast, Kobe said there's no need to worry.

"Our artists are safe, our guests are safe,” Kobe said.

There is a 60,000-square-foot tent along the Milwaukee Art Museum’s grounds.

"You can still come down and visit the festival and be totally dry," she said.

Kobe said at least 35 states are represented this year with work at a variety of price points.

"Someone who's a new art buyer, you can find something a little less expensive. Someone who has a more in depth collection, there's definitely one of a kind artwork for everyone here," Kobe said.

But only the best of the best make the cut.

"We have a little over a thousand that apply and we select 180 from that pool of artists," she said.

Michelle McCue said her favorite part is getting to interact with the maker of the masterpiece.

"What's really cool is usually the artists are at their booths so you can ask them really specific questions which you normally don't have the opportunity to do," McCue said.

Aside from the art, this event is family friendly with a kids area. The art museum will also be open to attendees. Tickets cost $17, but those who purchase in advance only have to pay $10.