The Washougal Art Festival returns on August 13

ByJames I. Robertson

Jul 28, 2022

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

“Our past festivals have been such a success for us, our artists and the community, (and) we are thrilled to host the event again,” WACA President Molly Coston said in a press release. “We are happy to provide accessibility to original art in such a fun festival environment.”

The event will feature works by 25 professional regional artists, showing their watercolour, acrylic, photography, glass, mixed media, found objects, oil and other artworks.

“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 invited to participate. We are thrilled with the high caliber of art that will be on display and for sale and excited to feature these incredible artists.

WACA selected Dinius’ works for the festival’s poster and publicity.

“Each year, our festival committee searches for a ‘Wahougal-inspired’ piece of art and we’re thrilled to have Tamara share the beautiful piece for us to use,” said WACA Board Member Rene Carroll. “We love how Tamara’s piece showcases 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 liked to throw sticks for the dog and walk on the rocks along the river,” Dinius said. “To me, the Washougal River Road in the summer is magical. The dappled sun peeks through the leaves of the trees lined along the river road and I’m lost in my surroundings.

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

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

WACA encourages visitors to explore public works of art using the WACA Art Map (washougalarts.org/local-art/), which provides locations, artists’ names and year installed for more than 50 installations in the city. Maps will also be available at the festival.

Artists participating in the 2022 Washougal Art Festival include:

  • Jean Blatner (watercolor and acrylic)
  • Richard Britschgi (lapidary)
  • Heidi Cardoza (wildlife photography)
  • Tamara Dinus (mixed technique)
  • Chrissie Forbes (robotic found object art and oil painting)
  • Suzanne Grover (pastel, watercolor and acrylic)
  • Robin Guderian (mixed media, papier mâché, pulp and found objects)
  • Charlene Hale (fused/enameled glass)
  • Christina Lee (acrylic)
  • Travis Lee (mixed media on wood panel)
  • Beck Lipp (wood), Toni McCarthy (jewelry)
  • Diane Moeglein (fused glass)
  • Sandy Moore (fabric and mixed media collage)
  • Spike Palmer (oil), Liz Pike (oil)
  • Kyla Rae (watercolor and ink)
  • Karen Reule (sterling silver and fine jewelry)
  • Soraya Runckel (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 plates, self-published coloring book and stationery)
  • Barbara Wright (scientific illustration: watercolour, 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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