Gresham turns artsy on July 19
Gresham Arts Festival features more than 120 artisans
Artisans, musicians and fans of both groups will fill the streets of downtown Saturday, July 19, for the Gresham Arts Festival.
The fun starts at 9 a.m., and dozens of artisans and artists will be on to display and sell their handcrafted pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, photography and more.
One such artist is Gresham resident Dean Crouser, who credits his wife, Molly, for inspiring his current love of painting birds.
I started doing all fish and fishing scenes, he says, noting hes been painting for a decade. My wife is a master gardener, and one day she said, Would you please do something other than a fish?
Crouser chuckles as he recounts her question, adding he then saw a hummingbird in her garden and the lightbulb went on. His work is licensed by several companies worldwide, and his watercolor paintings of hummingbirds, fish and wildlife can be found in paintings, ceramic tiles, coasters and postcards.
Crouser says he uses a loose, impressionistic style when he paints.
I try to do my painting in a few minutes, he says, noting thats the nature of watercolor.
He adds that he enjoys working at the Gresham Arts Festival.
I sell a lot of framed art and a lot of prints, he says of the festival. For a one-day show, I think its as well attended as any Ive been at.
You can learn more about Crouser at crouserart.com.
Zimba Marimba is among the many musical acts folks can enjoy at the festival. Bev Bow says the 10-member group plays marimba music created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
Its very physically active music, very joyful, danceable, upbeat music, she says, noting the group gets a kick out of passersby who are drawn into the ensemble sound.
I love the creation of music with a group of people, she says. The other thing I love is watching the audience you just see walking by and getting captured by the music, especially children.
You can learn more at zimbamarimba.com.
The Gresham Arts Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
Gresham Ford will collect peanut butter and other food items for SnowCap Community Charities as well as Zarephath Pantry, both of which provide food to low-income folks in East County. The booth will be located at Third Avenue and Miller Street, says Bess Wills, Gresham Fords general manager.
Performances will take place as follows:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Andre St. James Trio soothing jazz.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Childrens Corner arts and crafts.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Roger Witter face painter.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Joe Mishkin balloon transformer.
2-3:30 p.m., Zimba Marimba.
3:45-4:45 p.m., KAD Dance Studios/Folklorico Act.
9:30-11 a.m., Julie McCarl & Bodacious Cajun/zydeco/rock/jazz.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sister Mercy rhythm n blues.
1:30-3 p.m., Get Down Jones soul/blues.
3:30-5 p.m., The Wild Wood rockin bluegrass.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Irish Trio.
1-2:30 p.m., Legally Insane rock/folk.
2:30-5 p.m., Jon Swift solo guitar.
To learn more about the Gresham Arts Festival, visit greshamoregon.gov/artsfestival/.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT