Community Bank sponsors Festival of Arts award

Mike Koloski, director of the 2009 Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, presents Camme Hale, regional director of Community Bank, with a special handcrafted ceramic plaque created by local artist Ted "Olaf" Juve in recognition of the bank's continued sponsorship of the $500 Best in Medium Award.

Community Bank will again sponsor the Best in Medium Award at the 27th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, the banks regional manager, Cammie Hale, announced this week.

The Best in Medium Award was inaugurated last year and is presented at each festival to the best entry in a particular selected medium. The 2009 award will be made in the medium of "Sculpture."

In recognition of Community Bank's contribution, Mike Koloski, festival director, presented Hale with a special ceramic plaque handcrafted by local ceramicist Ted "Olaf" Juve. Similar plaques will be presented to other major sponsors of the Festival of Arts.

Established in 1982 to showcase the bronze sculpture for which Joseph is noted, the Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts has grown to include art of all mediums. Eastern Oregon's premier arts festival celebrates its 27th year in 2009. Scheduled for the first weekend in June, at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains, this year's festival promises to be the best to date, organizers said. Artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest will gather in Joseph on the weekend of June 5-7 for a weekend of art exhibition, music, art demonstrations, "Plein Air" and Quick Draw competitions, food, wine, and gallery strolling. This year's show will feature the work of over a hundred artists working in mediums as diverse as bronze, oil paint, glass and fiber.

The weekend begins with a special artist and patron's reception on Friday evening. A limited number of tickets to the reception will be available for $25 each. Admission includes the opportunity to preview the art before the public viewing days as well as a special hand painted wine glass, free wine bar, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a chance to meet many of the artists.

Award winning artists will be honored as well as the festival judge and featured artist. The festival continues on Saturday and Sunday. Viewing of the art is free to the public on those days. All of the art is for sale.

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