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Weekend featured art lovers crawling along Highway 84

Rick Tresselt sells pottery at Site #3, the Chapins' home in rural Backus, during last weekend's Arts Off 84 Art Crawl, featuring eight locations of more than 90 artists from Pine River to Longville.Photo by Nancy Vogt1 / 3
A dozen artist booths were set up in Larry and Sherry Chapin's front yard during last weekend's Arts Off 84 Art Crawl. The Chapins started the art crawl seven years ago to showcase local artists and their works.Photo by Nancy Vogt2 / 3
Carol Dunn works on a rug Saturday, Aug. 30, at a site that was part of the seventh annual Arts Off 84 Art Crawl. Dunn's artworks include folk art dolls and primitive rug hooking.Photo by Nancy Vogt3 / 3

The seventh annual Arts Off 84 Art Crawl on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31, featured eight sites from Pine River to Longville, touting such crafts as jewelry, paintings, baskets, leather portraits, pottery, wood carvings and so much more, as well as homemade foods such as fudge, jellies, jams and honey.

More than 90 artists and craftsmen displayed and sold their wares at the many sites just off Highway 84 and around Lake Ada.

Larry and Sherry Chapin, artists who live on Lake Ada, created the art crawl with a mission to promote the works of local and regional artists and to provide an art presence along scenic Highway 84 between Pine River and Longville.

That mission continues today under the leadership of Jan Stadtherr, who is not an artist but loves the arts. Many artists who participate in the art crawl assist Stadtherr, and the Chapins continue to open their lawn to artists to set up displays to show and sell.