Slinging & Flinging

By Lynn Guild, Pilot staff writer March 08, 2013 09:51 pm

Christina Olsen shows prizes she donated for the Fudge Off Face Off. The Pilot/Lynn Guild
Christina Olsen shows prizes she donated for the Fudge Off Face Off. The Pilot/Lynn Guild
A lot of slinging may take place during today’s (March 9) Second Saturday Art Walk at venues in downtown Brookings.

The mud will fly when The Mudslingers will give a potter demonstration to kick off the monthly event. The potters will demonstrate their craft all evening, but a special presentation will be at 4:30 p.m. The group will be at the Manley Art Center and Gallery.

Then at 5 p.m. S.E. Shell will read from her children’s book based on a resident cat that lived at the Port of Brookings Harbor. The author, and the books illustrator, will be at Dewey’s Digs, the Curry Coastal Pilot’s conference room on Art Walk Alley during the evening to sign copies of their book, “Coffee with Orange Sherbert.”

Confectioners will be flinging the fudge batter and bringing their best results to the Chetco Community Public Library where people will be able to decide who makes the best of the sugary treat during the Fudge Off Face Off. Art Walkers can taste fudge from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at 6.

Art Walkers will be able to visit the special events or visit venues at their leisure. Musical entertainment and refreshments will be at most locations.

Participating venues

A Wild Bird and Backyard Store, 1109 Chetco Ave.: Sherryl Griffin shows her hand-crafted kelp art. Celtic music performed by: Ann Bogner and The Fine Companions. 

Brian Scott Gallery, 515 Chetco Ave.: New artists Jennifer Smith, Lavonne Bower and  Skip Wettergreen, and new works by Dale Wells, Horst Wolf, Pete Chasar, Jewell Johnson and Christina Olsen, as well as art from the Brian Scott Collection, Kathleen Kresa, Randall Tillery, Lorraine Filippone and Jane Opiat. Music by John Marshall and Friends

Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St.: Gallery — art by Tom Farmer. Showcase — cameo jewelry from Ione Trapp. Note: This venue closes after Fudge Off Face Off prizes are awarded.

Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, 890 Chetco Ave.: Photographs by Vanita Carrillo-Rush, wine tasting and special food samples.

Dewey’s Digs, Curry Coastal Pilot conference room, enter from Art Walk Alley: Illustrations from children’s book artist Mary Elizabeth Smith, who will be present with author S.E. Shell, to sign copies of “Coffee with Orange Sherbert.” Music by Lon and Aura. 

This year the walkers can buy additional tickets, for $1 each, to stuff the ballot box of their favorite fudge — or fudge cooker.

“It’s the only way I could see where Dori has a chance to win anything,” said Guild. “I’m doing my best to lift Dori up, but it’s difficult.” 

“Lynn, you don’t know fudge from fruitcake!” Blodgett said. “My spoon is raised and ready for battle!”

All money from the popular vote will be donated to a community charity.

Along with Blodgett and Guild, confectioners include Anne Boulley, Bryan Bliss, Carla Gottlieb, Diana Hewlitt, Eleanor Cook, Jane Turner, Pat Foht and Tammy Wolfer.

Judging Best Traditional and Best Specialty fudges are Pete Chasar, representing the Art Walk community, George Rhodes, chef at Art Alley Grille, and Mayor Ron Hedenskog.