MARQUETTE - Scores of people made their way around Presque Isle Park Saturday, taking in the beautiful vistas of Lake Superior while also enjoying outdoor art exhibits during the 25th annual Glacier Glide.
Hosted by the Lake Superior Art Association, more than 120 artists showed their work in the Glacier Glide, with roughly 2,000 spectators skiing, snowshoeing and walking through, according to organizer Cindy Deo.
What brings the crowds out every year is the unusual venue, she said.
Ritch Branstrom’s “Walking the dog” found object sculpture is pictured. Branstrom was one of 28 adult artists with exhibits in the Glacier Glide winter outdoor art show at Presque Isle Park Saturday. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
"Combining the out of doors and the art is unique," Deo said. "Especially in the winter time. And people who exhibit have to realize that their art may have to withstand a snowstorm, so they take that into consideration when they're creating their piece."
Art in all its forms was represented in Saturday's exhibit, from found object statues constructed of metal to fabric pieces to digital photography.
Scotter Schieler, a woodworker from Marquette, brought handmade snowshoes, furniture and baskets for his display. Schieler came prepared for the frigid temperatures.
With a small wood-burning stove in tow, he constructed a winter shelter which he used throughout the day as people passed by, sipping hot cider and answering questions about his work.
"This is a great venue," he said. "I love being out here."
A number of people stopped to talk with him as the event - which took place from noon to 5 p..m. - went on. Schieler took the opportunity to explain how he makes his creations, saying he wants to be able to keep the "northwoods tradition" of handmade wooden snowshoes alive.
"With these, it's like canoeing through the woods," Scheiler said, explaining how each pair of snowshoes is handcrafted.
With just 28 adult artists in the exhibit, it was the area's youngsters that took over the show, with 108 different youth entries on display.
Deo said many of the children had their work submitted by their schools' art teachers.
The submissions were separated into four categories: adult, under 9 years old, 10 to 14 years old and 15 to 18 years old. One person from each division was voted "Best in Snow" by the show's spectators.
The show is free for both artists to enter and spectators to view.
Anyone interested in being a part of next year's Glacier Glide can email Deo at email@example.com.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.