E. Oregon Arts Festival Kicks Off 10th Year May 2-3

E. Oregon Arts Festival
This piece, titled In The Shadow of Rainier, is by artist Sherry Orchard. She is among the artists whose work will be featured at the 10th annual Eastern Oregon Arts Festival in downtown Hermiston May 2-3.

The 10th annual Eastern Oregon Arts Festival will kick off May 2 with an evening celebration followed by a full day of embracing the art and culture of the region.

The festival, presented by the Desert Arts Council, will feature music, dance and mixed-media artistry, including hand-made jewelry, ceramics, photographs, prints and paintings. The festival will take place in downtown Hermiston and is free to everyone.

The event will begin Friday, May 2 with an artist reception where regional artists will preview their works. The reception will feature live music by John Wambeke and Friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pheasant Café & Lounge banquet room, 149 E. Main St. This, too, is free to the public. The reception will also include a painting demonstration by three artists, light refreshments and a no-host bar.

The art festival goes into full gear on Saturday, May 3 along the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artists from Hermiston, Echo, Walla Walla, Irrigon, Umatilla and the Tri-Cities will showcase their works. The festival will also feature a Children’s Art Show and a High School and Middle School Art Show.


Eastern Oregon Art Show Co-Chair Phyllis Shovelski promises a unique and fun-filled event.

“Every year is different with each artist bringing their unique style to the mix,” she said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime showcase.”

Desert Arts Council President Mary Corp said a variety of music will be performed throughout the day during the festival, including bluegrass, Irish music, classic rock and Latin music.

Corp said a new feature for this year’s festival will be the creation of a community mural led by Regan Boysan.

For information, visit the Desert Arts Council website and Facebook page or call 541-720-3859.

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