The second annual Festival of Art in Stout Park promises to be bigger and better than last year, featuring more than 70 artists and artisans form Oregon, California and Washington.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Aug. 2) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Stout Park, located on Oak Street at the top of the hill from Highway 101.

Artists and artisans will offer paintings, jewelry, fiber, metal, pottery, photography, wood items and more.They will be located throughout the park area along named pathways.

Judges for the best booth award are Gary Milliman, Brookings city manager,and Arlis Steele, executive director of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Plein air artists will be in the park creating art to be judged for a $50 gift certificate to Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies. Local artists Jay Mosby and Buzz Stewartwill be participating, as well as Eva Marie Klaas, Kathy Huxley, Dale Wells, Linda Evans, Verna Pooler and Frank Gustafson.

The Kids Art Zone will be led by Dori Randall. Children of all ages, including parents and grandparents, are invited to stop in and create something fun. This activity is located on the grassy area next to Manley Art Center.

A "bistro-like" setting will be inside the art center with Endless Feasts offering organic salads and desserts and Chocolates by Joyce. Tight Lines Microbrewery will be located outside of the center with wine and brew. The drinks can be enjoyed in the "bistro" or outside in the marked area on the grass. The Food Court includes Tamales R Us, Wilson's Smoke Pit and Streetside Grill. They will be cooking up pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, breakfast burritos, tamales, chicken strips and more.

Musicians entertaining for Saturday are Taste O'Honey, 10-11:30 a.m.; Spectrum Sounds, 1:15-2:45 p.m.; and Rapp Brush, 3-4:30. Performing on Sunday will be Richard Gyuro, 10-11 a.m.; Spectrum Sounds, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Rapp Brush, 1:15-3. Stagelights will be providing the sound system.

The Stout Mountain Railway will be running both days, located up on top of an ancient seastack in the northeast corner of the park.

A festival brochure will be available at the main information booth and other entrance points. Parking areas are at Manley Art Center, Dr. Silver, the Abbey, the former Southwestern Community College, Brookings Harbor High School, the city parking lot on Chetco Avenue. Street parking as well as the church lots are also available on Saturday.

For more information about the festival, call 541-469-1807.