Talented artists visit Ramsey for inaugural art fair

The Ramsey Art Fair at Elmcrest Park on Sunday, July 9 a variety of pieces made by talented local artists. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors were invited to check out the art, participate in hands on experiences and savor food from a number of vendors.

Tillery Bailey, a recreation program intern for the city of Ramsey, said the success of multiple art classes in Ramsey over the past year led to the idea of creating the event. She relayed having received positive feedback from local artists.

Even with some early rain showers, visitors did not shy away from attending the art fair. Artists were able to prop up open faced tents to display their work. Visitors were able to walk between tents and stop by if any pieces caught their eye.

Artists were very friendly and open to answer any questions visitors had. Each artist had their own story of how they started creating their craft. Delayne Hostetler, a self-taught artist who has participated in the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for over 25 years, was inspired to create leaflings after witnessing the problems of the world.

“After seeing the news and the uncertainties in the world, I felt anxious,” said Hostetler.

She then felt a push to take fallen leaves and turn them into pieces of art to be given or released to “heal the world one smile at a time.”

“I thought it was too bad to have to wait for a tree to be cut down and die in order to have something to draw on,” said Hostetler.

Hostetler and many of the other artists who attended the Ramsey Art Fair are not driven solely by entrepreneurship or money.

They create their art as an expression of themselves and to also make a difference in the community.

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Christa Gallucci uses a variety of paints and drawing techniques to create her craft. She now teaches paint and drawing lessons at the Micheals store in Maple Grove. Photos by TJ Armstrong Visitors were welcome to observe and participate in various percussion and art activities. Even with a brief rain shower early on, The excitement of the Ramsey Art Fair in Elmcrest Park could not keep visitors away. Amy Kulseth creates custom pieces with regular and heat induced color changing paints. Her paintings with the subtle Minnesota outline in the background have become some of her most popular work. Denise Finnestad works with the Twin Cities Decorative Artists Guild teaching various oil, acrylic and water colors. Meeting the second Saturday of every month, the guild brings in master teachers to instruct students. As the calamities of the world keep rising, Delayne Hostetler felt compelled to fashion her leaves as a way to “heal the world one smile at a time.”
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Denise Finnestad works with the Twin Cities Decorative Artists Guild teaching various oil, acrylic and water colors. Meeting the second Saturday of every month, the guild brings in master teachers to instruct students.