Friday, July 12, 2019

Held in conjunction with NYM Summer Celebration and Lund Mania Fishing Tournament!

Come join the fun of artists painting in the street, outdoor games, sidewalk chalk, food, drinks & music, and inside gallery exhibit and kids’ art activities.

The two spear houses custom-built by Ron Hamm and painted that day by local/regional artists will be available to the public through a raffle and auction, held at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

Live music will be provided by Dick Kimmel & Kelly Coyle outdoors between 1-4pm. The music of Dick Kimmel is firmly rooted within traditional bluegrass, old-time stringband, and folk music; genres where he excels as a performer as well as an historian and teacher. Dick is regularly a solo performer and also plays with various music collaborations including his band Dick Kimmel & Co and duos with folks like this one with Kelly Coyle, as well as others with Pamela Longtine, Ian Kimmel, Adam Granger, and Lori Jean.

Celebrate the fusion of two of our local favorites: ART + FISHING!

Raffle Tickets just $10 each! ONLY 250 SOLD! Available for sale at the Cultural Center, F&M State Bank NYM, Cenex Hardware Hank NYM, Mills Lanes NYM, Mills Country Market NYM, Gene’s Sport Shop Perham, and Central Market Perham.

  • GRAND PRIZE: Custom-made spear house, painted by artists @ Fish House Festival
  • SECOND PRIZE: Half Day Guided Fishing Trip
  • THIRD PRIZE: Artwork by John Peeters (2017 Minnesota Decoy Carver of the Year)
Schedule For The Day:
  • 9am-4pm: Artists Paint Decoys and Fish Houses in the street
  • 10am-4pm: Wildlife Art & Decoy Show inside Gallery
  • 1-4pm: Fun in the street, games, food & drinks, live music, PLUS Urban Printmaking with artist Michael Weatherly, sponsored by Viking Library System and the New York Mills Public Library!
  • 1-3pm: Art In Your Park kids activities upstairs inside Cultural Center
  • 1pm: Youth Decoy Painting. Limited space; $5/decoy; please pre-register*
  • 6:30pm: Raffle Drawing & Live Auction on Centennial 84 Drive, in front of NYM Clinic/Fire Hall/City Hall!

*Youth Decoy Painting limited to 20 participants. $5/decoy. Call to Register: 218-385-3339. Sponsored by East Otter Tail Darkhouse & Angling Association. Learn more at


Thanks to the National Fish Decoy Association and Rod Osvold for their invaluable partnership in producing this community event and connecting us with the country’s best decoy artists.


Thanks also to the following sponsors for providing financial contributions and/or discounted products to help make this event a success! Mills Lanes, F&M Insurance Agency, F&M State Bank, Campana Baked Goods, Mills Country Market, PT’s Guide Service. Click buttons or logos below to learn more and please support these generous local businesses!

F&M Insurance Agency

PT’s Guide Service


Fish House Festival Artists

The Fish House Festival is made possible thanks to a partnership with the National Fish Decoy Association and Rod Osvold who helps plan this fun event every year. The other essential collaboration is with our artists! We would like to thank and recognize all of the talented artists we have worked with over the years. Here is a list of artists who will be painting in the street this year. If you are interested in joining us, please give us a call at 218-385-3339!

  • John Peeters
  • Charlie Peeters
  • Molly Swanz
  • Troy Helget
  • Jessica Geiser
  • Nate Luetgers
  • Cheryl Bannes
  • Ron Hamm
  • McKinsey Geiser

In the Gallery
July 3 – August 3, 2019
Annual Wildlife Art & Decoy Show!

We are proud to feature decoy artists Terrie Wise and Jared Sypnieski in the Gallery this year! We are also excited to feature bird and wildlife paintings by George Gloege.

Admission to the Gallery is always free and open to all to see.

Tickets are sold at the Cultural Center, Mills Lanes, F&M Bank, Cenex in New York Mills, Mills Country Market, Gene’s Sports Shop in Perham, and Central Market in Perham. Thanks to these businesses for their support!