Shady Cove ArtWalk expects 100 artists at Aug.8-9 event

The 5th annual Shady Cove River ArtWalk will take place on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The River ArtWalk follows the banks of the Rogue River, at Edgewater Inn and Rogue River RV Park (corner Hwy 62 and Rogue River Drive, next to the Shady Cove Bridge).  

In addition, with limited space available at the River ArtWalk, a number of businesses, including Shady Kate’s Boutique, Books ‘N More, and others will welcome both visual and performing artists to set up in front of their businesses, along Highway 62.  

On Saturday, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. a “Kid’s ArtZone” will be held at Aunt Caroline’s Park, (Hwy 62 at Indian Creek Rd).  In addition to an interactive art environment, a featured Native American “stick game” is set for 1 p.m.  (Limited parking)

On Sunday, Aug. 9, kids of all ages can celebrate Smokey Bear’s 65th birthday at the Jackson  County  #4 Fire Station, in Shady Cove.  Help Smokey Bear blow out all his candles.  The celebration runs from noon to 3 p.m.
Call Erin at 878-2666 for further details.

This year’s artwalk features 100 fine artists from throughout Oregon.  Out of state artists include Liz Rosier, Lake in  the Hills (Chicago), Ill., with others representing Washington, Arizona, Nevada and a recently relocated artist from Hawaii. 

The main entrance is at the Edgewater Inn Conference Room and includes several award winning artists, including, western artist Carl Seyboldt and Gail O’Dell, of Eagle Point; Karen Cain-Smith, Shady Cove; Kim Ragsdale, Trail; and, David Irwin “Images in Nature”, Butte Falls.  Alice Zelina Berger (EP) will display and welcome guests to the Breezeway and “on the Green” Shauna Engbrecht, Marybeth Hines (EP), and Janet Rawlings (EP) will be featured.

Gates #2 & #3 located at the Rogue River RV Park includes artistic local talent, including Judi Steadman (Manzanita Mania), Scott Lang, Jim Kanitz, Debby Elder, Dorothy L. Dierks, Leona Haiker, Laureen Bong, Material Girls, and Christy Allwardt, of Shady Cove.  Linda Steen, Linda’s Unique Creations; Cathy Spires, Braunda Gilchrist, Connie Drane & Idabelle Andrews, Lorie Easlick, and Dianna Clark “Sky Creations” from Eagle Point; Lori Paxton and Ruthanne Bray, will share a booth from Butte Falls.    Guests may enter at any of the three gates for a unique artwalk experience.  Stroll the 700′ scenic pathway paralleling the Rogue River; the art venue continues under the Shady Cove Bridge connecting the two River front properties.  Free admission (donations accepted).  Be sure to sign guest book for opportunity to win a special gift of art.

Music is featured throughout the River ArtWalk during the two-day event.  “The Relief” Band, Eagle Point,
will play vintage blues on Saturday ( 2:30 p.m. to closing at 5:00 p.m.), on deck at the RV Park.    While music continues throughout the art venue, Sunday morning will feature  “Accordionist Uncommon” by Richard Gyuro, of Eagle Point.    At 1pm, “The Diamonds & Denim” Band, is set to close out the weekend event. Julie Millard Griffith (Sam’s Valley), lead guitar and singer, describes her band:  “Whether you’re rollin with the flow, or just wanna be country down to your soul – come enjoy”  Umbrella tables are set up for guests enjoyment – and pavement is available to spring into 50’s or country dance . . .  

Courtesy shuttles, including the nostalgic Molly Trolley and Upper Rogue Community Center van, will pick up guests throughout Shady Cove.  Look for FREE “Park & Shuttle” signs.

For general information and a list of participating artists visit: http://www.upperrogue.org “click” on River ArtWalk information, call: 541-821-4700, or email: chamber@upperrogue.org

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