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Silent Auction

Come visit the Silent Art Auction Tent across the parking lot from the food pavilion. Bid on your favorites and help grow our scholarship fund.

A bid sheet is attached to each piece of art with the artist's retail price and starting bid at the top. You may enter a bid for any item by placing your name, contact number and offer on the bid sheet. You may bid multiple times on any item. We ask that all bids on artwork be raised in at least $5.00 increments.

We appreciate the generous contributions of the Festival artists, who donate the pieces for the Silent Art Auction. We thank these artists for their commitment to our Festival.


The Saturday auction will start at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. all bidding ceases and the winners may stand in line to pay for their artwork, or continue to browse the Festival until the line dwindles. The tent workers will be available to give out artwork until 5:00 p.m. Workers will notify winners by phone if needed. Any artwork not picked up by noon on Sunday will be held over and added to the Sunday Art Auction.


Sunday, a second auction with new artwork will begin at 11:00a.m. Again, open bidding will cease at 3:00 p.m. Winners may pick uptheir items between 3:00-5:00 p.m. Winners will be notified by phoneto pick up their pieces.The committee encourages everyone to visit the Silent Art Auction Tent during his or her visit. Good luck to all bidders and thank you for your support of the Festival.

Children's Area

Are your children begging you to make their own art? The activity area allows budding young artists a chance to dig in and get their hands dirty! Children can make masks, don a smock and paint a mural, have their faces painted, string beads… every year there’s a new creation to make. Activities are best suited for ages 4 to 10.

In addition, there will be a coloring table for the little ones and an
art wall for those who enjoy painting.

The committee wishes to thank you in advance for stopping by and
making art with your children. Thank you to our friends and sponsors
for contributing to the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts.

Theme: Land, Air and Sea sponsored by the Orbis CAT Team
Wall mural to express your creativity and fun craft projects such as coloring sheets, rainbow. fish, and turtle projects, design your own planet, create a mask, create a popsicle stick airplane.

The theme this year helps promote sustainability in our community, and teaches children about how important it is to help the environment. These crafts either talk about nature or use sustainable materials to create beautiful projects, showing that art can come in all forms. Oconomowoc is a small town with beautiful lakes, and talking about nature, forms of environmental services, and how we use them within art will be beneficial to every single customer the tent services. Projects: Fish flag, tissue-paper flowers, sustainable water-bottle bracelet, painted rock critters, origami frogs and water color birch bark reliefs with tape-resist water theme.

The Children’s Art Area is focusing on the theme “creativity” by featuring projects that begin with a simple line or shape that becomes a creative work when projected onto a larger background.

The Children's Art Area celebrated the city of Oconomowoc this year with art projects focusing on the local environment: the skyline splatter painting, the lakes lily pad, and the agriculture scarecrow puppet.

The Children's Craft Area is celebrating the life cycle and survival ofthe monarch butterfly in several different nature-themed crafts. Our young budding artists will paint colorful murals, design symmetrical monarch wings, and twist 3D wire sculpture creating an epic and responsible appreciation for nature through art.


One very popular feature of the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts is the food tent. Vendors comprised of local civic organizations and churches provide an array of sandwiches, pizza, salads, soft drinks, cookies, snacks and pies (with ice cream).

Spotlight Groups

OAF Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders are a group of young community leaders that have come together to support the Oconomowoc Area Foundation (OAF) in their mission to enhance our community.

The priorities of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation are:  programs for children and youth, service to the elderly, arts and cultural programs, programs in support of those facing life-threatening illnesses, programs that support the environment, and economic development.

Together we feature many ways individuals, families, businesses, and non profit organizations can maximize their philanthropic impact and help achieve our shared vision of a vibrant, economically thriving region for all.

We are learning more in depth about our purpose as leaders. We are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the greater Oconomowoc community.  The Emerging Leaders are anxious to make their mark!

The OAF has a twenty year tradition of giving back to the community.  We value that history and are committed to continuing that tradition.  We look forward to greeting our Oconomowoc area neighbors as well as those visiting our beloved community for the very first time.  We have so much to be grateful for in the arts and we are so excited to be a part of the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts.

Build a Park at 517

Build a Park at 517 is a group of impassioned Oconomowoc residents who joined together in a grass-roots campaign to halt development of condos and instead preserve the land immediately to the south of the Peacock Dam on North Lake Road and into a park to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Just over a year ago, two parcels of land south of the North Lake Road dam were headed towards condominium development. Though the community had rallied around the "Save 517" campaign, and the City Council rejected the condo development, the developer sued the City of Oconomowoc and won the right to build. Condos were coming.

In April of 2020, mayor Bob Magnus forged an agreement in an effort to preserve the land for community use.  One parcel was purchased by citizen Pat Herro and donated to the city.  The developers agreed to sell the remaining parcel to the city for $1,350,000.  The deadline to purchase was January 31, 2021.  In August 2020, Chris and Frank Both organized a group of volunteers.  The group raised the money with contributions from over one thousand donors and met the deadline!

The Oconomowoc community now owns the beautiful parcel on the isthmus between Lac La Belle and Fowler Lake, alonog the popular Fowler Lake walk.  This park, to be named John and Lavinia Rockwell Park, will enhance life for generations to come.  Our group, Build Rockwell Park, is currently raising funds for the first phase of the park build-out, which includes grading the land, seawall repairs, and portage launches. 

For more information, please visit www.oconomowocparksandtrails.org or follow us on Facebook or Instagram at Build a Park at 517.


Pontoon Shuttle

Once again this year a free pontoon shuttle to the Festival will be available, graciously provided by Dennis and Kerry Pinkner and Green Tree Sanitation.   Departures will be every half hour from the city boat launch on Fowler Lake, in the municipal parking lot just north of City Hall. A short jaunt across Fowler Lake will land you at the Festival grounds in Fowler Park.

Parking around Fowler Park is very limited. Please take advantage of our free shuttle bus routes or pontoon, walk or ride your bicycle!