FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

August 20, 2001 11:00 pm
Alice Carter of Antioch, Calif., makes jewelry at booth she shared with friend. ().
Alice Carter of Antioch, Calif., makes jewelry at booth she shared with friend. ().

By BILL SCHLICHTING

Festival of the Arts at the Port of Brookings Harbor last weekend was the biggest and the best.

?It was one of our best,? said Jo Mochulski, committee chairwoman. ?We had more vendors than ever.?

This year?s festival featured 79 artists occupying 10-foot-square booths on the boardwalk.

?Vendors were pleased,? Mochulski said.

Although the festival has been growing, Mochulski said the committee plans to limit the number of booths to 80.

If there are too many booths, the vendors don?t get as good of a response, she said.

Booths offered wooden furniture, pottery, photography, beadwork, jewelry, metal art, rigs, blown glass, gourd art, bird houses and fiber arts.

Azalea Weavers Guild provided demonstrations making woven products and spinning yarn.

Dori Frost, Chetco Community Public Library children?s librarian, entertained children with crafts both days.

People who visited the festival were treated to entertainment and food from the three food vendors and surrounding restaurants. Food booths were operated by Malia?s, Harbor Meats and Harbor Fire Department.

Bear Delights, the dance team from Brookings-Harbor High School and traditionally one benefactor of the festival proceeds, opened the entertainment. The dancers probably drew one of the largest crowds to the entertainment area.

The team is coached by Melody Gossard, who announced this is her final year of coaching the girls.

Also entertaining on Saturday was the Euchre Creek String Band and Renegade Line Dancers.

Sunday?s entertainment included guitarist Roger Vines and vocalist Skyler Shuford. Renegade Line Dancers returned to cap the entertainment lineup.

Vendors came from throughout the West.

Four Seasons Country Crafts and Alley Crafts from Antioch, Calif., shared a booth.

Alice Carter, onwer of Alley Crafts, said this was her second year attending the Brookings festival.

?I make it my little vacation,? Carter said. While in the booth, she created jewelry that was special ordered at the festival.

Other items in the booth included candles and towels.

Her boothmate, Debbie Joseph, said they brought wooden slogan signs that were sold out within two hours.

?My husband is scrounging for wood to make more signs,? she said. While she was attending the booth, Ron Joseph was creating more signs back at their recreational vehicle.

Brookings artists could also be found, including Carl DeMent, known in the community for his green thumb.

However, few plants were found in his booth. Instead people found sculptures made from concrete reinforcement bars, known as rebar.

DeMent said he started making the sculptures about a year ago to fill his spare time.

The steel rods are bent and welded to form sculptures of different wildlife or whatever sparks his imagination.

In another booth, Brookings woodcrafter Terri Aubrey showed her M candy dispensers, which she said also work with Skittles.

This was her first year exhibiting at the festival and she was surprised by the turnout.

This year she got her start exhibiting at festivals. First she displayed her crafts at the Driftwood Festival, then at the Kite Festival.

Among the items she makes are driftwood birdhouses. At the Kite Festival, she said she brought eight bird houses and sold four. So she thought she would bring fewer to the Festival of the Arts.

By 2 p.m. Saturday, she had one remaining of the five she brought. She said she was thinking about bringing more.

Word of mouth brought people to Michael Kilpatrick?s wooden furniture booth.

Kilpatrick is owner of Functional Sculpture in Crescent City. The mosaic designs in the furniture are created by Michael?s wife, Donna. He then pieces them together with epoxy resin and does ?lots of sanding,? he said. He also does chainsaw sculpting.

The festival was coordinated by Mochulski, who is chairwoman of a three-member committee. Other members are Vi Christof, treasurer, and Violet Burton, secretary.

?We had tremendous help from the Port of Brookings Harbor,? Mochulski said.

Port employees power washed the boardwalk, set up tables and cleaned up afterward.

Mochulski said she is looking forward to next year?s festival. People interested in being on the festival?s mailing list to get advamce notice on registration may write to Festival of the Arts, P.O. Box 3116, Harbor, OR 97415.