Artist Alley has become a traditional part of the Star Spangled Spectacular event, sponsored by the Storm Lake Area Arts Council and is held on the 4th of July as Storm Lake's largest outdoor art show. Artists and vendors will show and sell their wares throughout the 4th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at Sunset Park near the Tree Museum. The event is free to the public, and draws over 20,000 visitors.
The parade will pass right in front of Artists Alley, so it is a perfect place to seek a shady spot, and then enjoy an eclectic art in the park experience.
Jeni Olivas who runs Jeni Lynn Photography is a local artist who will be selling her photos this year. Jeni graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1996 . She graduated from Morningside with a Bachelors in photography and has been in business for the past 12 years. Jeni sold her art last year at Artist Alley and had such a great time that she wouldn't miss returning. Most of her photos are of animals and landscapes.
Artists and vendors are making the trip from across Iowa as well as South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota for what is shaping up to be the most "spectacular" show yet.
There will be iron and steel lawn art, Africa-inspired sculpture and jewelry, hand crafted Wangui sculptures, pottery, paintings, silver jewelry, unique handcrafted clothing, barn-wood signs, painted eggs, wooden toys by Roger Stephan of Storm Lake, braided rugs, hair adornments by Kay Andrews of Storm Lake, sawblade art, the every-popular marshmallow guns by Donnie Skou of Marathon, Pali Hawaii sandals, quilted goods, wall hangings, custom-made mouse pads, car candles, spiritual and religious items and more.