Art in the Park Celebrates 48 Years

Art Show
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

While Green Lake is a picturesque paradise year-round, perhaps one of the most beautiful sites throughout the summer months is in the heart of its downtown at Playground Park. With rushing waters from the dam, stunning landscape, and charming footbridge cascading with flowers, Playground Park appears to be right out of a storybook. What could make it better? Why the amazing talents of over 100 artists from throughout the Midwest, of course.

Each year, Mill Street Park becomes home to artists for the juried Green Lake Fine Art Show. The 2020 show marks the event’s 48th year, and takes place Saturday, August 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will showcase an array of masterpieces, from oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings to mixed media, woodworking, stained glass, pottery, book binding, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculptures, pen and ink drawings, and more. And attendees will get the chance to chat with the artists and purchase their works of art.

Organizers Ali Rossberg and Emily McCarthy are looking forward to another year as they carry on the tradition Ali’s father, the late Guy Rossberg, spearheaded for over 30 years. Through the years, the family has been able to organize a dedicated selection committee that led to the implementation of a 40 percent exhibit turnover rate. This ensures that those who return to the event each year always experience something a little unique and different.

The event will also have food vendors, locally crafted beer, and musical entertainment. For more information or to apply as an artist, visit or call (920) 573-4691. The artist application deadline is August 1 or until an art category is full.

Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer.