The Curry Coastal Pilot

The first Festival of Art in Stout Park will have vendor booths, plein air artists, activities for children, food and a working model railroad.

It all happens today (Aug. 3) and Sunday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the walkways at Stout Park, located on Oak Street just one block up the hill from Highway 101.

Plein air painters Frank Gustafson, Anastasia Hollingsworth, Kathy Huxley, Eva Klass, Jay Mosby, Verna Pooler, Buzz Stewart and Jennifer Thompson will be sitting throughout the park creating work to be judged on Sunday afternoon.

The award is a $50 gift certificate to Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies. The judges will be Horst Wolf and Pat Renner.

Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog and resident Bill Hamilton will judge the 42 booths for the Best Booth Award. The recipient will have a free booth during the event next year.

Jodi Harvey and the Rotary Youth Group will be in the Kids' Art Zone assisting children with make-and-take creations.

A wine bar will be inside Manley Art Center and Gallery. Wine will be provided by Cliff Creek Cellars. A sushi bar will be served by Cafandeacute; Kitanishi. Food vendors in the food court area will be the 4-H Club with sweets, Rotary with pulled pork sandwiches, Shop Smart will be offering tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburger and the Soroptimist Club will have snacks and drinks.

At the northeast corner of the park atop an ancient seastack, the Stout Mountain Railway will be running both days of the festival.

A festival brochure can be picked up in the information booth at the entrance to the Manley parking lot. Pennies for Pooches will be pet sitting next to the information booth.

In addition to the Manley parking lot, there is street parking along Oak Street, parking at The Abbey across the street, Dr. Silver's two levels of parking, Azalea Middle School, the former Southwestern Oregon Community College building and the church lots (Saturday only). The city parking lot on Chetco Avenue is a short walk away.