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Munson and Vautier display work at Art in the Pearl festival

Labor Day art show is one of top five in the nation

SUBMITTED PHOTOS:  - Ann Munsons art was selected Best of Show in the 2014 Art in the Pearl. She will exhibit her work again this year.

The 19th-annual Art in the Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5, 6 and 7 in the North Park Blocks in Portland. Admission is free.

As one of the top five art festivals in the nation, Art in the Pearl attracts the foremost artists in America and Canada. The setting of the festival, combined with the first-rate artistic talent, allows festival visitors an authentic connection to the world of art and is satisfying for first-time art fans to experience collectors.

Hundreds of artists apply for one of the coveted 130 booths. Art in the Pearl’s success is due to being an art friendly festival for the community and showing artists; it is organized by artists for artists.

Ann Munson of West Linn and Tai Vautier of Lake Oswego are participating in Art in the Pearl.

Munson’s art was selected Best of Show in last year’s Art in the Pearl. She has worked in a variety of mediums throughout her career.

“My work is three parts, all fun,” she says in her artist statement. “First, I carve stamps, cut up rubber combs and mix paint. Then, I make my own papers. It’s pretty much finger painting for grownups. I cover the entire floor of the greenhouse with colored, patterned sheets. Next, I draw, tear paper and glue shapes onto canvas. It looks like a quilt at this stage. Finally, I use transparent acrylics to add dimension, light, form and air. I’m drawn to a push, pull of flat shapes and interesting textures versus subtle color and atmosphere.”

Vautier is a self-taught jeweler, who recently moved from rural Colorado to Lake Oswego.

“The process of making jewelry, for me, is both a soulful and artistic endeavor of taking something raw and rough form the earth and sculpting it into something beautiful, expressive, adorning and refined to celebrate or life and potential,” she writes in her artist statement. “I’ve observed how a single outdoor sculpture can uplift the whole street, which uplifts the town and the people there. I feel artists, whether they be musicians, painters, jewelers, photographers, etc. provide an important service to humanity by creating beautiful and interesting things.”

The festival includes a world music stage with an exciting lineup of local musicians performing the traditional music of their cultures and an education pavilion offering a user friendly learning environment with art and craft projects for kids and adults directed by experienced artists and art educators.

In the demonstration area professional artists and craftspeople demonstrate, explain and discuss their creative processes as if they were working in their own studios or classrooms.

Learn more online at artinthepearl.com or Facebook.com/artinthepearl.

Tai Vautier will show her jewelry at Art in the Pearl.