For the love of art
This past weekend, Broadway Street in downtown Estacada transformed into a giant block party.
During the Estacada Summer Celebration, participants could do everything from riding unicycles and commissioning caricatures of themselves, to enjoying live music and admiring wares from local artists.
The annual event began with live music on Thursday, July 20, and Friday, July 21. Saturday, July 22, saw Broadway Street become home to a variety of art activities. All the while, Estacada's Artback artists restored Am Griswold's 2009 mural "An Evening on the Barlow Road" at Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Creek.
Organized by the Estacada Area Arts Commission, Summer Celebration began 17 years ago to commemorate Artback's annual mural project.
Many enjoy the sense of community that the Summer Celebration fosters.
"(My favorite part of the event) is meeting old friends, neighbors and new people," said artist Phil Lingelbach, who showed a variety of wooden carved items at the event.
The community element has brought Lingelbach back to the event every year since its inception.
"It's fun to do," he said.
Another vendor, Mitzi Fordyce of Secret Dragon Collectables, traveled from Portland to sell handcrafted miniature dragon figurines. She's been coming to the event for 13 years.
"It's a fun celebration," Fordyce said. "I love doing it. I really enjoy the people and the atmosphere. Everyone's always in a good mood."
Cartoonist Sam Arnsenon set up shop and drew caricatures of anyone interested. He estimated that he's been coming to the event for seven years and enjoys getting to know community members over time.
"I like drawing people over the years. Some have become repeat patrons," he said. "There are a few families where I draw the kids every year. It's fun to see them change, and see the progression."
He added that he enjoys being in Estacada.
"It's a fun little community," he said.
Art was truly in abundance during the festival. Painters worked on a labyrinth at the corner of Broadway Street and Third Avenue, and other artists worked on creating a totem pole. Giant paper mache puppets, products of past Summer Celebrations, also decorated the street.
Meanwhile, the main stage on Broadway Street was home to a variety of performances, ranging from the friendly antics of Circus Cascadia to live music from a variety of bands, such as The Retta Christie Trio, Harvest Gold, The Brazillionaires, Aaron Lowe & Lowell J. Mitchell, the Aspen Meadow Band and Norman Sylvester.
After their performance, members of the Circus Cascadia team taught circus skills to anyone interested. Participants walked on stilts and took unicycles out for a spin.
The day featured a variety of additional opportunities for children to engage with art, ranging from opportunities to create soap and bookmarks to pioneer-era crafts.
Kai Marquez enjoyed one of the children's booths that were dedicated to working with clay, where he created a remote control holder for his house.
"Sometimes we almost lose (the remote)," he said, adding that he liked working with clay. "I love how easy it is to shape and reshape whenever you need to. I don't think other materials can do that."
Marquez also enjoyed viewing other people's art at the event.
"I love all the people putting out what they've made and worked on, and showing everyone else in Estacada what's possible," he said.
History was an element of the event, as well. Philip Foster Farm, the new home for "An Evening on the Barlow Road," is located along the historic road where the pioneers in Griswold's mural once traveled. The mural depicts them resting and celebrating after a long day of journeying west.
Teryl Hoffman, who attended the event with her daughter Bryten, thought the day was a success.
"(Summer Celebration has) something for everyone of any age," she said. "Anyone can be a part of it. The community is amazing. This is what Estacada is all about."