Organizers say the festival is a good venue to learn about fine art

by: RON LE BLANC - Last year's West Linn Arts Festival featured plenty of art booths, 3D metal works and food vendors.Fine art isn’t solely reserved for white box galleries and museums. Sometimes art is best experienced as the French would say: en plein air. This weekend, the 13th annual West Linn Arts Festival will attempt to tantalize your cultural senses at Willamette Park.

The juried exhibition and fine arts sale will feature more than 100 art booths, food and beverages, live music and community booths amidst the peaceful setting of the Willamette River.

“We like to think of ourselves as an outdoor gallery,” said Elisabeth Cook Sullivan, West Linn Arts Festival board by: RENEE HEALY - This piece is called 'Violin With Horsehair Bow.'chairwoman. “Each art show needs to distinguish itself, and while a lot of art shows try to be fully functioning festivals, we don’t do any of that. We are special in that we are a high-end art show. We are art for art lovers.”

The West Linn Arts Festival is a nonprofit organized run by volunteers. Food vendors include hamburgers and hot dogs from the West Linn Lion’s Club, Sanjai’s Teriyaki, J Gelati Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, Burnt Ends BBQ, Chic’s Coffee and Ollie’s ‘Ono Hele.

Community booths include the West Linn Chamber of Commerce, the city of West Linn and the American Lung Association.

The festival will showcase the work of predominantly Pacific Northwest artists selected through a competitive blind jury process. Approximately 200 artists applied. The jury was made up of working artists and other art professionals including KC Cowen, original host of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat, Bonnie Meltzer, longtime organizer of Portland Open Studios, and Allan Oliver, show organizer and former gallery GIL HARRISON - This item - Blue Ginger Jar - will be on display.

Art booths are broken into three categories — 3D, 2D and crafts. Mediums include oil collage, drawing, painting, torn paper collage, metal work, ceramics, glass, woodwork, fiber art, jewelers and more. Sullivan said artists of note this year are Cameron Kaseberg, Lindsay Scott and Lori Presthus.

But you don’t have to be a fine art connoisseur to enjoy the West Linn Arts Festival.

“We have so many different mediums and a good selection,” Sullivan said. “This would be a great introduction and place to learn for those curious about high-end art.”

The West Linn Arts Festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at Willamette Park in West Linn.

Free parking is available and a shuttle will run every 15 minutes between the parking lot at 1800 Blankenship Road and Willamette Park. For more information, visit > FREDRIC NULL - Stone Mirror.

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