4701 Highway 61
White Bear Lake
Minnesota 55110

Marketfest Artwork

The 23rd annual Marketfest kicks off the summer in downtown White Bear Lake with festivities, food and fun for all. A well looked-forward part of Marketfest has been the revealing of the season's artwork. This season, the Marketfest Board chose to have a commissioned piece done to celebrate the lake and community.

Roseann Meehan Kermes is the chosen artist for this season's artwork, 'Summer Daze'. She is known for being the shop owner of Rosebud's Cottage, located on 4th Street, in downtown White Bear Lake. Roseann also is a sought after designer, event organizer, writer and speaker within the quilting community. "There are so many incredibly talented artists that I feel are 'hidden' in White Bear. Roseann is one them. She brings her art to life through a variety of unusual mediums and techniques. When I look at her work, I just smile," says Angela Homic, Marketfest Director.

When asked why she chose to create 'Summer Daze' for Marketfest this season, Roseann said, 'Most people like to sew fabric with their sewing machine but I have a secret love of sewing with paper instead! I walk the path along White Bear Lake frequently so the items that I put into my artwork are scenes that I love to see. I especially love the look of the lake at sunset and that was what I was trying to portray in this piece. The idea has been in my head for several years but finally, this year, I decided that I wanted to pull it from my imagination into something tangible. I compiled a list of 'ingredients' ... things that I wanted to incorporate into the piece ... pulled scrapbook paper from my stash and got to work. I like the look of torn edges so I ripped some of the papers. Others I cut by hand or used a die cut machine. I inked the edges with a dark brown chalk to give it dimension and then sewed and cut the pieces to conform to what I had in mind. It was a lot of experimental and some happy surprises. And a ton of fun!

I've been creating art like this for a number of years but this is the first time I've done something for a specific event. Its given me the courage to try out my next idea ... a poster to submit to the Minnesota State Fair! You may view Roseann's artwork ‘Summer Daze' this summer during Marketfest at her shop. Marketfest, scheduled for June 13th - July 25th, is a free family festival in beautiful downtown White Bear Lake that features live entertainment, arts and crafts, a variety of foods, children's activities, a farmers market, a classic car show and much, much more. The annual summer festival runs Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm - rain or shine.

Past Marketfest Posters and Artwork

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