Artwork Commissioned for 75th Annual Tulip Festival



The Tulip Festival Steering Committee is pleased to announce a commemorative art piece for the 2015 event, slated for May 14-16.

The artwork for the 75th annual Tulip Festival will be an oil painting by local artist John E. Vander Stelt. Vander Stelt, owner of Vander Stelt Studios in Maurice, Iowa, will reveal the painting at the Tulip Festival Extravaganza on Wednesday, March 18. Prints of the piece will be available following the event. The original painting will be on display in Stadscentrum during Tulip Festival.

“We are very much looking forward to the reveal of John’s painting, as we know it will capture a dynamic and historical aspect of the festival,” says Arlyn Schaap, co-chairman of the Steering Committee. “We are grateful for John’s willingness and ability to capture the true essence of our festival, as we celebrate 75 years of ‘Remembering Our Roots.’”

Much of Vander Stelt’s work can be found on his blog at