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      Outback Art Fair

      For the last nineteen years, the Outback Art fair has drawn a number of talented artists from Marquette County and beyond.

      Eli Brooks has been creating pen and ink drawings for more than ten years.

      "I like the challenge of looking at something that's in color and seeing if I can get the right representation in black and white," said Eli Brooks.

      Her favorite part is creating commissions of pets and people from just a picture as a reference. She will be taking several of them to the 20th Annual Outback Art Fair happening at Picnic Rocks this weekend.

      New this year will display Brooks' comical dragon cards.

      Outback Art Fair is a way to get all local artists together, promoting and supporting each other as well as sharing their work with the community.

      One-hundred-ten people will participate this year. Picnic Rocks will be filled with booths displaying a variety of crafts like fine art, photography, wood turners, stained glass, and jewelry.

      Participants say over they years, the event has become like a family reunion.

      "Like aunts, uncles, and distant cousins that come in to visit every year. So it's a lot of fun to get to see everybody and check and see what everybody is doing, what they've come up with that are new and what's the next thing that's a big sell thing," said Cindy Engle, organizer.

      Brooks says the event has helped her develop as an artist and made her more confident in her work.

      "So it's given me a lot more courage in my work to be able to identify myself as an artist and to present myself to people I've never met before," Brooks said.

      The fair runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      It's free to the public.