The 48th annual Artarama art show and sale, originally scheduled to be held Saturday, July 18, in Riverside Park in Eagle River, has been canceled for the year, according to organizer Lori Hahn.

Hahn said the Artarama Committee recently met remotely using Zoom and decided to cancel the event due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“The committee had much discussion on the protocol that we would be expected to follow and that if there was someone who came to the event and spread the virus, that we would be responsible if traced back to our event,” said Hahn. 

“A lot of our artists are heartbroken, some shoppers are upset and then, there are the couple of exhibitors who pulled out because of this pandemic.”

Hahn said that the committee will refund the booth/jury fees to the artists who are already struggling because all of their shows are being canceled.

The organization still awarded its two annual $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors as in the past. This year’s recipients are Nick Lofy and Dani Halverson.

Artarama is one of the longest-running art shows in the North Woods. It was started by a small group of community-minded individuals who loved the world of art. From that core group grew what has become one of the Midwest’s longest-running and most prestigious art shows.

The event usually draws upward of 90 artists from across the Midwest, as well as presenting a Young at Art series where budding youth artists younger than age 18 are featured. In addition to artists galore, the day offers live musical entertainment and picnic foods available for sale.