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Troutdale becomes arts center

Fall Festival of the Arts features park events, music and famed play

If you’re 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 year’s 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 year’s festival has expanded to feature music, theater, more artists and more vendors.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Gary Fenske's 'Vista House' is among the works to be displayed at the Fall Festival of the Arts in Troutdale.

Sept. 30

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 concert’s auction proceeds will go to ALSO’s Infusion, a Troutdale gallery that works with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

To purchase tickets, visit westcolumbiagorgechamber.com.

Oct. 1

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.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Tobias Andersen directs 'ART' Oct. 1 on behalf of Nutz-n-Boltz.

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 area’s best known actors, who has appeared in the TV series “Grimm,” and also played King Lear in Post5 Theater’s 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 that’s 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 School’s Theatre Arts Department, plays Yvan.

“In the first place, it’s funny,” Andersen says when asked why he decided to direct the play. “In the second place, it’s 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.

Oct. 2

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.