Picasso, da Vinci art coming to Troutdale
In reality, the Fall Festival of the Arts will soon celebrate its first year, but for the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, the foundation for the new event was established years ago.
Its building on a foundation that was laid four years ago with the chambers Fall Foliage Artist Tour, said chamber Executive Director Claude Cruz.
The Fall Foliage Tour focused on artists studios, and provided visitors an opportunity to travel the Columbia Gorge and view artists at work.
The problem is its so scattered around, people were not making it up, Cruz said.
So the event took a one-year hiatus to rebrand and refresh.
Last year I put a stop to it because we clearly werent ready for it, and it needed to be redesigned, he said. Well have a lot better turn out for it this way, weather permitting.
The Fall Festival kicks off with First Friday Art Walk Oct. 2, where galleries will showcase special pieces and trunk shows. Fenske Gallery will have one of the only surviving Leonardo da Vinci sculptures on display, as well as an original Picasso painting.
Fridays festivities will also feature a new event to East Multnomah County: professional pumpkin carving. Professionals will demonstrate the craft, and kits will be available for those who want to try their hand. The demonstration will be followed up on Sunday, Oct. 4, with a pumpkin carving competition.
Eventually I think the pumpkin-related event will spin off into its own event closer to Halloween, Cruz added.
As for the main event on Saturday, Oct. 3, the day will include a massive quick-draw event featuring 20 artists.
Artists will have 90 minutes to create a piece of art in public view, Cruz said. Then the pieces that get produced there go into a live auction.
The quick-draw pieces will all focus on the theme Rock, but its open to interpretation, he added.
For visitors, there will be local wineries and beer on tap, as well as food and live music.
Its really going to be a high-powered event thats going to be good for East County, Cruz said. Thats our intent."
For more information, visit FallFestivaloftheArts.com.