Despite a soggy start to the day, the 42nd Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Arts Festival was held Sunday, July 17 at Riverside Park in Neenah. More than 65 artists displayed their artwork to crowds of enthusiastic festival goers. This community tradition is a fund raiser for the museum, which offers free general admission to everyone, always.
Each year select artists are recognized for their outstanding work. This year, six artists were acknowledged.
Best of Show was awarded to Michelle Thompson of Jackson, WI for her oil paintings.
The Lilian Noble Award went to Rebecca Weber of Neenah who entered in the glass category.
The Leslie Hamilton Award went to Theresa Cleven of DePere in the jewelry category.
One Award of Recognition went to Chintana Haas of Appleton in the clay works category The second Award of Recognition went to Emilie Steinman of Menasha in the glass category.
An award of a gift certificate to Jack RIcheson & Co. went to Annette Wimmer of Manitowoc in the graphics and print making category.
Judge for this year’s festival was Dr. Beth Zinsli, Director & Curator of the Galleries at the Wriston Art Center Galleries on the campus of Lawrence University in Appleton.
Thank you to the festival sponsors and donors this year who helped to make the event a success:
Bergstrom Automotive, Menasha Corporation Foundation, Scene Magazine, Schenck, Associated Bank, Fox 11 WLUK, Lion’s Tail Brewing Co., Stellar Blue Technologies, Fox Communities Credit Union, Liberty Hall, Cellars Wine & Spirits, Jann and Bill McBride, Rosann Baum Milius, Bill and Terry Bane, Jan & Lloyd Hughes, Culver’s Frozen Custard of Neenah, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Mile of Music, Appleton Downtown, Inc., Good Company Restaurant Group, Escape Room Wisconsin, Houdini’s Escape Gastropub, The History Museum at the Castle, and Jack Richeson & Co.