The Washougal Art Festival returns on August 13

The Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA) will hold its seventh annual Washougal Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, August 13, at Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main Street, Washougal.

“Our past festivals have been so successful for us, our artists and the community, (and) we’re thrilled to host the event again,” WACA president Molly Coston said in a news release. “We are delighted to provide access to original art in such a fun festival environment.”

The event will feature works by 25 professional regional artists displaying their artwork in watercolor, acrylic, photography, glass, mixed media, found objects, oil and more.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from regional artists wanting to be part of the festival this year,” said WACA board member Janice Ferguson. “A jury of art professionals selected the artists who were invited to participate. We are in awe of the high caliber of art that will be on display and for sale and are excited to showcase these incredible artists.”

WACA selected Dinius’ artwork for the festival poster and advertisement.

“Each year our festival committee looks for a piece of art that is ‘Washougal inspired,’ and we are thrilled that Tamara will share the beautiful piece for us to use,” said WACA Board Member Renee Carroll. “We love how Tamara’s artwork captures the power and beauty of the Washougal River.”

Dinius was inspired to create The Swimming Hole by visits to the Washougal River with her husband, young daughters and Jack, their black Labrador.

“They had a special place where they enjoyed throwing sticks for the dog and wandering on the rocks along the river,” Dinius said. “To me, the Washougal River Road in the summer is magical. The dappled rays of the sun filter through the leaves of the trees lining the river road, and I lose myself in my surroundings.”

The event will also feature a raffle and silent auction for artwork donated by participating artists.

“The purpose of the festival is to raise funds to bring more public art to our city,” WACA board member Chuck Carpenter said. “The raffle and silent auction help us do that. We appreciate the generosity of our festival artists for their donations and the participation of festival goers to purchase tickets and bid generously on these wonderful and unique items.”

WACA encourages visitors to discover works of public art using the WACA Art Map (washougalarts.org/local-art/), which provides locations, artist names and year of installation for more than 50 installations around the city. There will also be maps at the festival.

Artists participating in the 2022 Washougal Arts Festival include:

  • Jean Blattner (watercolor and acrylic)
  • Richard Brichgie (Lapidary)
  • Heidi Cardoza (wildlife photography)
  • Tamara Dinus (mixed media)
  • Chrissy Forbes (found robot art and oil painting)
  • Suzanne Grover (pastel, watercolor and acrylic)
  • Robin Guderian (mixed media, paper mache, paper clay and found objects)
  • Charlene Hale (fused/enamelled glass)
  • Christina Lee (acrylic)
  • Travis Lee (mixed media on wood panel)
  • Beck Lipp (wood), Tony McCarthy (jewelry)
  • Diane Moeglein (Melted Glass)
  • Sandy Moore (fabric and mixed media collage)
  • Spike Palmer (oil), Liz Pike (oil)
  • Kyla Rae (watercolor and ink)
  • Karen Reule (Sterling and Fine Silver Jewelry)
  • Soraya Runkel (acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink)
  • Cyndee Starr (mixed media/pen and ink)
  • Hiroko Stumpf (watercolor, acrylic, mixed media)
  • Tom West (acrylic, color illustrations, painted glass plaques, self-published coloring book and stationery)
  • Barbara Wright (scientific illustration: watercolor, ink, colored pencil, graphite, acrylic and natural objects)
  • Michelle Wright (Epoxy)

For more information about the festival or to learn more about this year’s featured artists, visit washougalarts.org.

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