Arts, crafts event to occupy Stout Park

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The Pelican Bay Arts Association will host the seventh-annual “Festival of Art” the weekend of Aug. 3-4.

This fine-art and crafts festival will include juried original works from more than 70 vendors, as well as the “Kid’s Art Zone,” live music hosted by KCIW, creative art demos and a food court.

“This event is a wonderful thing for the community and all of our talented artists,” said event coordinator Leslie Wilkinson.

The festival will be held at Stout Park, adjacent to the Manley Art Center and Gallery on Oak Street.

It has become widely recognized as the best art festival on the southern Oregon coast, said Wilkinson.

“Multiple art genres, including fine art (painting, drawing, pottery), fiber arts, crafts, jewelry, and photography make the festival a one-of-kind gathering for regional and local emerging and established artists creating unique artwork,” she said.

“Attendees will be able to find new, one-of-a-kind pieces available for sale, while enjoying the casual atmosphere among the shade-covered walkways in Stout Park.

“I think that really makes us stand out in the world of art festivals.”

Back by popular demand will be the “Kid’s Art Zone,” hosted by Soroptimist International of Brookings. Located near the food court, the kid’s zone will offer crafts for youngsters to make while parents take a lunch break.

There will be coffee and pastries available, craft beer and wine, plus BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs and crepes.

“Another thing that makes us special is our music,” Wilkinson said. Scheduled musicians hosted by KCIW will include Lon Goddard, Connie Houston and Rapp Brush, among others.

And there will be an open mic noon-3 p.m. on Saturday for those wishing to perform.

“Of course, our event wouldn’t be complete without the railway running” Wilkinson said. “Tony Parrish will have the Stout Mountain Garden Railway running both days.

“The Stout Mountain Railway is a crowd-pleaser, delighting kids and adults alike,” she said. “A great way to let your imagination take over while watching the trains wind through Stout Mountain.”

More information is available in the insert included July 31 in both the Curry Coastal Pilot and the Del Norte Triplicate.

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