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.
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