The Lakefront Festival of Art kicks off at 10 a.m.
Friday and runs through the weekend.
- Some 30,000 attendees are expected, while more than 175
artists from around the country - among them painters and
printmakers, sculptors and ceramicists - will be represented
at this weekend’s Lakefront Festival of Art in Milwaukee.
on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum
Drive, has been ranked among America’s top 20 art fests.
Begun in 1963, the LFOA is a fundraiser for the MAM. The 2016
edition, organized by the MAM volunteer support group Friends
of Art and involving hundreds of volunteers, runs Friday
through Sunday. Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday
hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Renfrew, director of MAM special events, said the “LFOA
cultivates a memorable connection between the community and
art, whether you are a first-time buyer or someone who has
attended the festival since the beginning. We look forward to
strengthening art appreciation each year under the familiar
white tents and also through activities that speak to all
patron will be the millionth person in the event’s 54-year
history to attend a Lakefront Festival. The millionth visitor
is expected to arrive Saturday and, according to Renfrew,
“will be in for a surprise. This is a special occasion,
solidifying LFOA’s place as one of the great art festivals
in the country, and we’re going to make sure it’s a
memorable experience for our honored guest.” The guest will
be given a lifetime LFOA pass, for one thing.
of it of the gourmet variety) and beverages will be available
at the festival. The event will boast sculpture and wine
gardens, a silent auction, live bands and a children’s area.
A rock climbing wall, hands-on painting activities and a
Father’s Day scavenger hunt are among the offerings.
inside the recently renovated MAM, including to the new Thomas
Hart Benton exhibition (see separate story), will be available
via one’s LFOA ticket.
information, and additional information, go to lfoa.mam.org.