Art wonders in Washougal

Festival returns with full lineup of local works, free concerts and activities for kids

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian Arts & Features Reporter

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If You Go

What: Washougal Art Festival.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St., Washougal.

Cost: Free; artwork for sale.

Web: washougalarts.org

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What: Riverside Concert featuring King Louie, LaRhonda Steele from 6 to 7 p.m. and Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

When: 6 to 9:30 p.m.Saturday.

Where: Marina Park, 24 S. A St., Port of Camas-Washougal.

Cost: Free.

Web: portcw.com

You can drive about 90 miles east into the Columbia River Gorge to greet “She Who Watches” (aka Tsagaglalal), a truly ancient and priceless artwork. But your visit will be tightly chaperoned and strictly hands-off; the price for unauthorized trespass anywhere near “She Who Watches” is five years in jail or $100,000.

Or, you can stop in Washougal, chat with “She Who Doodles” (aka mixed-media artist Cyndee Starr), check out the more-affordable prices on a wide variety of contemporary artworks — and get your hands on something to take home. It could even be Starr’s event-poster sketch of canoes at Captain William Clark Park, for a $20 donation to the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance.

That’s the nonprofit organization sponsoring this second annual Washougal Art Festival. It plans to plow proceeds into more public art for Washougal, such as the “Golden Back Heron” by artist Tom Jackson that now adorns Washougal City Hall, which was purchased with 2016’s festival proceeds.

“Our event last year was such a success for us, our artists and the community that we are excited to host the festival again,” said organizer Janice Ferguson.

Twenty-seven regional artists have been selected for this year’s show. Local artistic luminaries returning to Reflection Plaza on Saturday for a second round include Helen Brock, jewelry; Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, poetry books and collage art; and Barbara Wright, watercolors and inks. New additions this year include digital photographer Faun Scurlock; fiber artist Abbie Dick; Matt Gibson, who creates gleaming “fish designs” out of gleaming pennies and wood; and many more who work in every imaginable medium, from painting to embroidery and fused glass to metal sculpture.

“We are delighted with the high caliber of art that will be on display and for sale,” Ferguson said. Review the whole rundown of artists at www.washougalarts.org.

Children whose artistic skills are less than high caliber can still join in the fun. The Paint Roller’s Mobile Paint Party will be on hand with pre-drawn pictures on canvases, so beginners can start at the very beginning: following lines, adding colors.

Live music will keep the day melodious from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wayne Havrelly, The Insanitizers, Caryn Jamieson, Tianna and The Hustle, and Jeffree White from the Washougal School of Music are all scheduled to perform.

You could make a full day of the wonders of Washougal. The art festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; local restaurants and shops are eager to greet you after that; then, at 6 p.m., there’s a free outdoor concert at the Port of Camas-Washougal’s Marina Park, featuring King Louie, LaRhonda Steele and Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts.