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Private art festival welcomes public in Scholls


Head to the country hills in Scholls for the 11th annual Chehalem Mountain Art Affair this Saturday and Sunday.

The event will include almost 20 booths featuring different local juried artists who work in a variety of mediums — photography, charcoal pencil, pottery, glass, painting, jewelry, fiber art and sculpture included. Renowned glass blower Andy Nichols of the Dalles will be bringing his work. There will be music all day and wine tasting provided by local, small-scale wineries Blizzard Winery and Potters Vineyard.

More than a decade ago Debra and Larry Nelson started the art festival to give local artists an outlet to showcase and sell their work. Both potters themselves, the Nelsons opened their property to local artists looking for an outlet.

The festival has grown since its inception and the Nelsons are always looking to recruit more people. This year, music will be expanded throughout the day, not just in the evenings, and will include regulars Tuck and Daisy, a ukulele-guitar duo.

The event is free and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

The Chehalem Mountain Art Affair is located at 19438 S.W. Neugebauer Road in Hillsboro, where the Nelsons reside. They work out of their home studio, with Larry daylighting as an IT specialist and Debra as a full-time potter.

Debra makes lanterns, functional ware and garden art usually with smooth, white stoneware. Larry’s style is unique. He often spends a lot of time creating plaster molds, and incorporates many tools and different techniques.

Neither Larry nor Debra ever make two pieces that are exactly the same.