Glensheen Mansion Hosts 75 Art Vendors for Weekend Festival

By KBJR News 1

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 8:52 AM CDT

The Glensheen Mansion is often visited by those wanting to get a look inside the historic house and the infamous murder that happened there.

Today brought a different kind of crowd.

People strolled from booth to booth checking out art displays at the mansion's seventeenth annual Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts.

75 artists were selling everything from jewelry to photographs and sculptures.

The organizer of the event says this is a great way to share the legacy of the Glensheen.

"When the Congdons donated Glensheen to the University they wanted to share it with their community, and this event which is free: we have free parking, a free shuttle bus is really inviting our community to enjoy Glensheen," says festival organizer Lori Melton.

In addition to artists selling their art, there will be plenty of artists doing demonstrations. A wood carver, glass blower, and black smith will all show members of the crowd how they create their works of art.

Kids activities, and food are also available, as well as the regular house tours which go on daily.

The festival is free, and there is a free shuttle running from the UMD campus to the mansion.

The festival is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Written for the web by Courtney Godfrey