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ArtSplash is not just another summer art fair

A great art show is no accident. It’s more like a miracle that unfolds before your eyes.

Consider ArtSplash 2013, which takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is part of the city of Tualatin’s Centennial Celebration.

ArtSplash is Tualatin’s annual juried art show and sale — a large event that brings together the city’s art program coordinator, Tualatin’s Arts Advisory Committee, a host of volunteers and 50 juried artists working in various media for a three-day affair on the Tualatin Commons, 8325 S.W. Nyberg St. All of these people prepare all year long to dazzle the community the last weekend in July.

ArtSplash is Tualatin’s local juried art show and sale held on the Commons lakefront, 8325 S.W. Nyberg St. The 2013 Centennial ArtSplash Art Show and Sale will be held on: Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each year, more than 50 artists feature various works in oils, acrylics, watercolor, photography, ceramics, glassware, jewelry and more.

Then on Friday morning, the big, white tent goes up — it’s enormous and lighted — beside the sparkling lake. The racks and tables are set. The artists lay out or hang their pieces, and by noon, you can walk through and admire the result.

It’s been 100 years since the founding of the city, and Tualatin delivers a great cultural experience in its own backyard.

In addition to the fine art, jewelry, fused glass and other art media, an activity area will be set up for children to have a hands-on experience with painting. Donations from local businesses help make this happen.

Roadies set up musicians who will perform two concerts in the evenings both Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Al fresco dining under umbrellas looks inviting at the surrounding restaurants.

What could be more entertaining for the whole family than the happy mix of music, food and art? It’s like one big party.

Is ArtSplash just another fun summer art fair? It goes beyond smart planning and promoting. A million small details come together to bring you this special event. It has the necessary ingredients like good art, organization and a mission — in this case, promoting local emerging artists.

This year Jennifer Zika from the Portland Art Museum juries the show and chooses award winners.

ArtSplash usually has superb weather at a lovely lakeside venue, where people gather and want to hang out for awhile. It is also free.

It’s informative, educational and inspiring. Besides the kids’ activities, anyone who is interested and curious can visit with the artists and ask about how they create their art. Best of all, you can probably find something beautiful and affordable to take home and enjoy. ArtSplash is all these things and more. Come see for yourself.

For more information, visit tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/artsplash.

Angela Wrahtz is a Tualatin resident, an award-winning artist and president of Women of Watercolor-Guild of Artists. She volunteers as art coordinator and gallerist for “the Living Room Gallery” at the Tualatin Public Library. She is also a professional writer, who promotes artists, art events and art organizations in the community.



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