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Attend ArtBurst NW this weekend

More than 85 juried artists represented at the show and sale

Garden art, jewelry, watercolors and many other media will be for sale at ArtBurst NW.

Get ready, art enthusiast: ArtBurst NorthWest is coming to the Marylhurst University campus Aug. 1 and 2. Formerly called the West Linn Arts Festival, this is a juried show of art of all media, which includes 85 artists from throughout the Portland metro area and several states. Attendees can expect to find art in all forms: ceramics, fiber, jewelry, stained glass, oils, watercolors, outdoor art, photography, woodworking and more.

“The diversity of art in this show is impressive,” said Lora Helmer, the ArtBurst NorthWest board’s director of marketing and public relations. “If you want to see fine art, this is the place to be.”

In addition to the 85 professional artists exhibiting at the show/sale, Marylhurst University staff and Mary’s Woods residents will be exhibiting. The intention is to keep the number of artists down and the quality high, so that patrons will be encouraged to buy art.

“There is a good balance between media,” Helmer said. “It’s a good show and we are making it as easy for the customers and artists as we can.”

This is an outdoor festival; cooling stations will be set up for patrons’ comfort. At the guest services booth transportation will be available for those needing assistance. In addition to the naturally shaded areas, several canopied courtyards will be set up to provide shade.

Booths offering food and beverage items, such as smoothies, sandwiches, empanadas, Italian ices and more will be available.

Liz Sullivan is one of the artists exhibiting at the festival. She makes unique carousels with ceramic animals of many kinds. She explained that the carousels are one-of-a-kind. Some include animals such as dolphins and killer whales, or giraffes, tigers and ostriches, while others have more traditional horses. Built on lazy Susan turntables on wood bases, the carousels have tents made of upholstery fabric; some are lighted with tiny battery-powered lights. They actually rotate manually. The carousels range in size from 5, 12, 16 and 18 inches tall and larger.

“Some are very large,” she said. One on display stands two feet tall and weighs 50 pounds.

Early Saturday morning three artist’s booths will be given Best Booth awards, judged on the quality of the art and the visual appeal of the booth itself. The winners will receive discounts on their booth fees for the 2016 show, plus certificates to display in their booth, with other notices being placed in the guest services booth, courtyard and food court.

Hours for the festival are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2. Admission is free and all are encouraged to attend.

Learn more online at artburstnw.org.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com.