Troutdale becomes arts center
Fall Festival of the Arts features park events, music and famed play
If youre in Troutdale this coming weekend, prepare to have your senses bombarded and delighted with a variety of arts and activities.
The annual Fall Festival of the Arts takes place Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2.
Last years inaugural festival drew more than 2,000 people to the area, says Cindy Passanante, event chairwoman.
Last year the event introduced the fine arts and artists that have come to and live in this beautiful and amazing area, she says, adding this years festival has expanded to feature music, theater, more artists and more vendors.
The festival kicks off Sept. 30 when the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra performs a Concert with Brushstrokes, at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The concert features artist Brad Lorang, who will produce a painting as the symphony plays John Williams music from the movie Witches of Eastwick.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a silent auction, including items donated by artists. The concert runs 7:30-8:30 p.m. and is followed by a dessert and coffee reception with J Gelati Ice Cream.
Cost is $35, $30 for students and seniors. A percentage of the concerts auction proceeds will go to ALSOs Infusion, a Troutdale gallery that works with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
To purchase tickets, visit westcolumbiagorgechamber.com.
The festival continues on Saturday with Artists in the Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Glenn Otto Community Park, 1106 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. Dozens of artists will display their work at booths in the park, as well as in the Sam Cox Building, and the event features demonstrations of pottery, glass and metal work.
Gary Fenske of Fenske Galleries, will show his luminous invisible art, which includes Illuminations of the Columbia Gorge. In addition, there will be food for sale as well as entertainment. Admission is free.
At 6 p.m., the Waterfall estate of Junki and Linda Yoshida, 29330 S.E. Stark St., hosts a dinner and performance of the Tony award-winning comedy ART.
Written by French playwright Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater production is directed by Tobias Andersen, one of our areas best known actors, who has appeared in the TV series Grimm, and also played King Lear in Post5 Theaters production this year.
Andersen notes ART tells the story of three friends, Marc, Serg and Yvan, who argue over the value and meaning of an expensive painting thats pretty much a canvas covered in white. Peter Baker, founder/producer of Portland-based Outside The Box Productions plays Marc. Michael Streeter, who recently directed Jesus Christ Superstar at Post5 Theater, plays Serg. Mark Schwahn, technical director for Oregon City High Schools Theatre Arts Department, plays Yvan.
In the first place, its funny, Andersen says when asked why he decided to direct the play. In the second place, its fascinating to watch how this work of art enters into the lives of these three men and how it alters their friendship and calls into question what their friendship actually is.
Tickets cost $65 per person, $55 for seniors, and can be purchased at westcolumbiagorgechamber.com or by calling 503-669-7473.
Festivities commence at 11 a.m. in Glenn Otto. Activities taking place include Quick Draw High Noon, when selected artists will create art in just 90 minutes.
At 2 p.m., the silent auction will close and a sealed bid auction will begin for Quick Draw pieces. The festival will end, and the park will close at 4 p.m.