Art Fest returns to Reinbeck

A group of local quilters organized their first Quilt Show that was part of the Reinbeck Art Festival last weekend. A total of 66 quilts were on display throughout the sanctuary at Union Congregational UCC. Sunlight streamed through the stained-glass windows giving off warm, colorful lighting for the quilts. Photos by Darvin Graham/Sun Courier
Pictured above are shoppers perusing the Art Festival wares shortly after the festival opened last Saturday.
Bob Hertges of Elk Run Heights stands among his pottery works that were on sale during the Reinbeck Art Festival on Sept. 18. Photos by Darvin Graham
Kettle corn was an early favorite among morning patrons at the Reinbeck Art Festival. In the background, vendors at the Reinbeck Farmer’s Market begin to set up on Broad Street.
Musician Kirk Eastman of Cedar Falls was one three live entertainers to grace the stage on Main Street last Saturday. Eastman sang a collection of throwback tunes on acoustic guitar and was followed by G-R alums Jackson Kiburis and Coral Thede.
Local artist Kathy Etringer works at her booth during the Reinbeck Art Festival on Sept. 18. Etringer offered a selection of handmade kiln-fired glass, jewelry and framed pebble art.
One of the oldest quilts on display last Saturday was this Love Apple patterned quilt made in 1863. The quilt was made by Mary and Rachel Melon in Conneaut Lake, Penn. Mary eventually married J.K. Montgomery of West Union, Iowa. The quilt has been handed down to their great-granddaughter Margaret. Featured along with the quilt are photos of Rachel and Mary.
Quilts of all kinds were on display at the UCC church in Reinbeck on Sept. 18. Some quilts were family heirlooms more than 100 years old while others were keepsakes made out of t-shirts or other special material. Each quilter or quilt owner that brought a quilt had a placard where they were able to tell the story behind their quilt.
Seamstress Melissa Craig of Cedar Falls had a loom set up near her booth where she worked on rugs that she also had hanging for sale. Craig also does quilting and sewing repair work.
Photo by Darvin Graham
Photo by Darvin Graham

After a one-year hiatus, the Reinbeck Art Festival returned to downtown Reinbeck on Sept. 18. More than 30 artists and fine craft vendors had booths on display on Main Street throughout the day. Cars, pickups, motorcycles and tractors filled the 300 block of Main Street and a portion of Broad Street for a Show and Shine Car Show. The car show was held as a social exhibition and did not award trophies. A colorful quilt display was set up at the Union Congregational UCC sanctuary and a trio of performers including Kirk Eastman, Jackson Kiburis and Coral Thede entertained spectators throughout the day on Main Street.