Festival of Arts opens Friday

photo Opening night at the 2014 Festival of Arts. The 2015 fest opens at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, with the artist and patron's reception.

JOSEPH — Twenty-one Wallowa County artists will participate in the 33rd annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, the weekend of June 5-7 at the Joseph Community Center.

In all, this year’s show will feature 201 pieces of art from 88 artists, working in widely varying media, including everything from bronze and oil paint, to glass, photography and fiber. All of the art is for sale.

Wallowa County artists taking part in the weekend festival include Tom Clevenger, Sam Collett, Robert Dawson, Mary Edwards, Jean Falbo, C. Rene Fleming, Jennifer Hawlins-Connolly, Teresa Henke, David Jensen, Shelly Johnson, Aimee Jungman, Keith Kirts, Michael Koloski, Mark Kortnik, Leslie Leviner, David Martin, Kendrick Moholt, Tim Norman, Malcolm Phinney, Dennis Reinke, and Kirk Skovlin.

The weekend begins with a special artist and patron’s reception on Friday evening, June 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door, but a limited number are available in advance for $20. Tickets are available via the Web at www.wallowavalleyarts.org.

Admission includes the opportunity to preview the art before the public viewing days as well as a hand-painted wine glass, free wine bar, and hors d’oeuvres. Award winning artists will be honored as well as the festival judge, Paul Hoelscher, professional artist and art instructor from Baker City who was a featured artist on OPB’s “Oregon Art Beat.”

The show continues on Saturday and Sunday. Admission on those days is free. On Saturday there will be art demonstrations and music from 10 a.m. to 5 pm.

The festival’s popular “Night of Quick Draw” is slated Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) with silent auction, live music, food and no-host bar. Admission is $5 and artists will complete a work of art from start to finish within 1½ hours.

The festival concludes with Sunday’s free viewing hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Established in 1981 to showcase the bronze sculpture for which Joseph is noted, the festival has grown to include art of all media.

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