Art at Ellwood combined with ice cream social

DeKALB – Ellwood House has combined two long-standing summer traditions – Art at Ellwood and the Ellwood House Ice Cream Social – into a single day of events on the grounds of the historic mansion.

The Art at Ellwood Art Fair will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Forty artists from around the Midwest will exhibit and sell their work in such media as paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry and fiber arts. Favorite artists returning for this year’s fair include Nadine King, Dorothea Bilder and Tamara Shriver.

This year’s featured artist, Lydia Culik-Puddicombe, is new to the show. Her work is described as “wearable folk tales and mixed media jewelry.”

Folk rock duo Patchouli will entertain during the first part of the day with a mellow blend of voice and acoustic guitar near the entrance to the mansion. At 2:30 p.m., the DeKalb Municipal Band will take over for its annual concert on the terrace during the ice cream social. Mark Robinson will be the featured vocalist. The band has prepared a variety of music including Sousa marches, Franz von Suppe’s “Light Cavalry Overture,” turn-of-the-20th century melodies, Leroy Anderson‘s charming “Syncopated Clock,” a favorite Strauss waltz, music from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and other music for an afternoon of summer listening.

First-floor tours of the mansion will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $5.

A youth activity area on the lawn will feature a station where children can decorate and fly their own kites. Young children will engage their sense of touch as they build with clay using their hands and household items. During the band concert, children will connect art, music and movement in a painting activity that asks them to paint according to the music they hear, from flowing brush strokes to staccato beats.

The DeKalb Area Garden Club will present garden vignettes in the Visitor Center, and members will be present throughout the day to share information and answer gardening questions. Exhibits include native plants, tropicals and vegetables.

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