Shady Cove ArtWalk features 100 artists

The Shady Cove River ArtWalk, set for Aug. 14 & 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Edgewater Inn and Rogue River RV Park, will feature 100 fine artists and original artisans.

While it may seem unusual to display boats, motorcycles, and vintage cars at an art venue, all will be featured at the ArtWalk’s main entrance at the Edgewater Inn.  Local wood craftsman, Mark Parker, Featherwood Gallery, will display for show & sale a custom designed, handcrafted, 14 ft mahogany drift boat.

Last year, Jamie Maunu, Shady Cove, was blowing glass objects at the Artwalk. This year, and more to his speed, Jamie will line up two custom crafted 3 wheeled VW Trikes.  In addition, Jamie will display an extreme custom built 10 ft outboard motor boat and a 1929 roadster all representing his form of custom metal, upholstery and airbrush artwork.

Showcasing a wide variety of fine paint artists and original crafts from the Upper Rogue region are: Western artist Carl Seyboldt, wildlife photographer David Irwin, silversmith jewelry Gail O’Dell and pencil sketch artist Kim Ragsdale, will be located inside the Edgewater Inn Conference Room.

On the green, adjacent to the motel, Paige Harrison & Cara Sexton “Whimsy Smitten” will display folk and paper art, repurposed treasures, whimsical furniture, gifts and home décor.  

Situated on the lower path, next to the Shady Cove Bridge, Judi Steadman, Foxtail Farms, continues her goal of rescuing dead manzanita and returning them to their original beauty.  Linda Steen and Cathy Spires, of Eagle Point, custom woodcrafter Jim Kanitz, Trail, and “Chickadee” will display in this area.  Also, on the lower river bank will be award winning artists, Charity Hubbard, Leona Haiker, Cheryl Magellen, displaying art and painting en plein air. Also fine artists Sandy Cathcart, Dana Borges and Debby Elder are in this area. Lori Paxton and Ruthanne Bray, Butte Falls, will locate on the upper level.  Christine Allwardt, garden art, will be found next to the food pavilion, and Dennis & Kit Ellingson, author of  God’s Healing Herbs will be on the east bank. 

Additional fine woodcraft, textiles, metal craft, photographers, full line of lapidary work, pyrographic art on tree conks, scrimshaw, and an abundance of jewelry artisans, including fine handmade gemstone & sterling jewelry will be displayed by the following: Sharp Design Studios; Annette Trujillo “Out of the Flame” from Talent; Shirley Huycke, Medford, wire wrap on sea glass; Nicoli Alexander, Grants Pass; Sandra Hagen, Omaha, Nebr; Shelly Lewis, Reno; and on the upper level (near band stage), the newest “Steamwork Punk Style” jewelry, by Susan Moran, from Bellevue, Wash.  

On the east bank, leather goods by Robert Rikeman, Vida, Or, will include handmade belts, purses, guitar straps, and more.  Yvonne Kitchen, of Talent, continues to sculpt portraits of animals; and award winning wildlife artist, Russ Walker, Medford, has broadened his fine art to include well received wildlife sculptures. 

Wine tasting is an art and will be poured by Crater Lake Cellars, on the lower level. Also,  in this section, visit “Magic Wraps”, by Braunda Gilchrist, of Eagle Point, Connie Drane Jewelry, with summer hats by “Eye Candy”; gloves for all seasons, by Rose Ramsey, of Ashland. 

Music performances include: Saturday- “Chris ‘n Dom” in the lunch pavilion; “Sound Traditions” on the green; Richard Gyuro, classical accordion, main entrance; and, on the river stage, from 2-5 pm “The Diamonds & Denim Band” featuring Juli Millard Griffith.  Sunday morning: Local Blues guitarist, Pete Herzog, will showcase his newest album, a blues opera, entitled “Steel Guitar”.  Following Herzog’s 10 a.m.-1p.m. performance, folksinger and songwriter, Christina Duane, of Jacksonville will perform from 2-5pm.

The 2nd annual Kid’s ArtZone will be held at Aunt Caroline’s Park, off Hwy 62, at Indian Creek Road (south of the SC Bridge) will feature kid’s art instruction and cultural Indian dance. 
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There is “no parking” inside the Motel or RV Park. Free Park & Shuttle is available south of the Bridge; also, watch for shuttle signs throughout Shady Cove.  NOTE: Jackson County “Fee Parking” is available across from Edgewater Inn.  Walk or Ride the nostalgic Allaboard Trolley or Upper Rogue Community Center Van for drop off at any one of the three entrance gates.  Walk along the banks of the scenic Rogue River under the Shady Cove Bridge.  Meet talented new artists. Enjoy original art and prints by nationally acclaimed artists … get a real sense of the creative energy that makes Art Come Alive!  Entrance is FREE (donations accepted).

While this art venue is not formally juried, 150 applicants from throughout Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Nebraska and California have been reviewed by this year’s ArtWalk committee.  The Shady Cove Business Association will also set up Art along Hwy 62. 

Sponsored by Upper Rogue Regional Tourism Alliance, the River ArtWalk is supported in part by City of Shady Cove.  Email: chamber@upperrogue.org, Call: 541-878-3626, or visit: www.upperrogue.org
By Alma Spicer

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