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Published June 15, 2009, 12:00 AM

Arts on the Shore adds fun element to festivities

WORTHINGTON — Although the windsurfers wished the breeze would pick up, visitors to the Worthington Windsurfers Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival found the weather perfect for watching a variety of band perform, strolling along Sailboard Beach and checking out the fun foods served by vendors.

By: Justine Wettschreck, Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — Although the windsurfers wished the breeze would pick up, visitors to the Worthington Windsurfers Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival found the weather perfect for watching a variety of band perform, strolling along Sailboard Beach and checking out the fun foods served by vendors.

East of Sailboard Beach, another kind of vendor lined the path around the lake. Artists and craftsmen brought their wares to the Arts on the Shore craft show, allowing guests of the festival to peruse their offerings at their leisure.

Pottery, glassware, jewelry and paintings lined the walkway. Two local artists said they were both pleased with the amount of people that were examining and buying their goods.

Peggy Rachuy has been drawing and painting forever, she said, but became serious about her art in 2000. She works mainly with acrylics, but does some drawing with pen and ink or pastels.

“I go to a lot of local shows,” she explained. “I still have children at home, though, so I try not to take things too far away.”

This is the fourth year she has displayed her art at the Arts on the Shore show, and is always happy with the results.

“I have repeat customers each year,” Rachuy said. “One really nice man from Iowa comes and buys a piece each year. This show is awesome.”

Rachuy grew up in Slayton and now lives with her family on acreage outside Worthington.

Another artist with wares along the path was Matt Gaudian, who grew up in Iowa but moved with his wife to Worthington six years ago when she became the youth director at the American Reformed Church.

Unlike Rachuy’s history with the Arts on the Shores show, this was Gaudian’s first time at the event. Actually, it was his first art sale.

“Usually it’s just sitting on a bed in the backroom,” he said with a laugh.

Watching his pieces walk away with a customer was a good feeling, but also made him a little nostalgic.

“Its like selling a part of you, but it is neat to know that something I painted will be hanging on walls in another person’s home,” Gaudian said. “So it will be OK. And I still have the prints.”

Up until a few months ago, Gaudian has focused on abstract oil paintings, but three months ago he started working with watercolors. The paintings and prints he brought to the show featured local sites, such as the Prairie Holdings building, the grain elevator, Sailboard Beach and Worthington’s City Hall.

“I just went around town and found things that people are familiar with, or old buildings I liked,” he said.

One print showed Luverne’s recently restored theater, another depicted sailboarders riding the wind on Lake Okabena.

“There has been a lot of local interest, Gaudian said, adding that people had approached him about creating paintings of other sites.

“They want me to do certain buildings for them,” he said. “And I was approached about doing paintings for King Turkey Day that can be given as gifts to the Cuero team.”

All in all, both artists said the day was a success. And if the interested chatter between artisans and buyers was any indication, the other vendors would likely agree.

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