A record number of artists are in Newton for today’s opening of the 8th annual Iowa Sculpture Festival. Festival president, Linda Klepinger, says about 40 artists will have their work on display.

Klepinger says the artists are coming from 11 states and there’s also one from the Ukraine who is creating a sculpture for the Jasper County Historical Museum. She says those who attend the festival will have a chance to buy the sculptures.

Klepinger says that’s the goal, is to get the public to buy the sculptures. Part of the proceeds of the sales go to the festival to cover their costs and to promote the event. Klepinger says some of the community members will get to spend some extra time with the artists.

There are over 20 people who are opening up their homes to the artists, which Klepinger says helps keep the costs down for the artists. The festival runs from 10 A.M. to five P.M. today, and 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. Sunday. The festival is on the Windstream/Iowa Telecom Campus.

By Randy Van, KCOB, Newton