The Maude Kerns Art Center is proud to present the 30th annual Art and the Vineyard Festival on Thursday through Saturday, July 4 – 6, on the banks of the Willamette River at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. Comcast is the Title Sponsor of the Art and the Vineyard Festival for the sixth year. On Thursday, July 4, Art and the Vineyard teams up with Eugene’s Active 20-30 Club to present Freedom Festival fireworks. Highlights of the Festival include:
The Artists’ Marketplace: features artwork by close to 100 artists from six states. Nearly a third of the participating artists are new to the festival. Festival goers are sure to be captivated by art in a wide variety of mediums, including oil and acrylic paintings, ceramics, blown and stained glass, mixed media, copper and brass, woodwork, textile and fiber art, metal sculpture, watercolors, photographs, and jewelry.
Art For Your Garden: nearly 30 artists show a variety of artwork for outdoor display and use within a unique landscape design that includes native plants and flowers provided by local nurseries, including Bloomers Nursery. Exhibited are ceramic vessels and tiles, trellises, arbors, birdhouses, sculpture, garden furniture, and more. The sponsor of Art For Your Garden is Barnhart Associates Real Estate.
Main Stage Entertainment: exciting local and national music groups are scheduled over the three-day festival, including pop/rock group Left of Yellow, queen teen of the blues Savanna Coen and her band, pop/rock band Shelley James Music Box, concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer and his band, the Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate with singer of French songs Susanna Joy Meyer, roots pop and rock groupSassparilla, rock/blues/original music band Windy Ridge, high energy folk/bluegrass performers The Sugar Beets, with Halie Loren, Billie Holiday style jazz/blues band Concrete Love Seat, and the unique folk/blues/carnivalesque music group, Troupe Carnivàle.
Wine Court: 2013 is the “Year of the Wineries.” Taste the quality, diversity, and special character of Oregon wines in the Wine Court, wheretwenty-seven wineries will be represented — more than have ever participated at the festival before. Four wineries are new to Art and the Vineyard: HV Cellars, J. Scott Cellars, Season Cellars, and William Rose Wines. Another newcomer to the Wine Court is Blue Dog Mead.Festival goers can buy wine by the glass, bottle, or case. Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company returns as the Wine Court sponsor.
International Food Court: enjoy a delectable array of the area’s finest flavors from barbeque to pasta, and from Peruvian cuisine to Asian selections, including specialties from the Ring of Fire Restaurant. A newcomer to the International Food Court is the Red Wagon Creamery, offering handcrafted, artisan ice creams made with organic ingredients. The International Food Court has something to satisfy any taste.
Youth Art Arena: interactive art activities for kids and families are provided by community organizations in this fun-filled area of the festival. Bi-Mart is the sponsor of the Youth Art Arena. Participating this year, in addition to Maude Kerns Art Center, are: Artists4Action, Bring Recycling, Georgies Ceramics and Clay of Eugene, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Greenhill Humane Society, MECCA, RideAble, Science Kids Inc., and Team Duckling, University of Oregon. Hours of the Youth Art Arena are 11:00 am – 7:00 pm daily.
Youth Stage: music, theater, dance, and magic performances by local arts groups that are geared to youth and guaranteed to entertain kids of all ages. This year entertainment is provided by: Ballet Northwest Academy, the Dance Factory, Harmony Roadhouse Music Studios, Hosanna Youth Performers, Invincible Vince, the Jordan Schnitzer Dragon Puppet Theatre, Man of Words, Unity School of Dance, UO Mad Duckling Theatre, and Zany Zoo.
Special Attractions: a diverse group of artists make themselves available for your pleasure, amusement, and education. Splinters woodworking group displays examples of the fine art of woodworking. Oregon Authors’ Table showcases 40 Oregon authors, who will be present at selected times over the three-day festival to discuss their work and autograph books. The Art Center’s Ceramics Cooperative, Club Mud, exhibits the work of its member potters and provides wheel-throwing demonstrations.
Hours of the Art and the Vineyard Festival are Thursday, July 4th, from 11:00 am through the fireworks, and Friday and Saturday, July 5th and 6th, 11:00 am – 9:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person per day and $15 for a 3-day discounted pass; children 6 – 11 years old are $1, and children under 6 years old are free.
The Art and the Vineyard Festival is a fundraiser for the Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene’s oldest non-profit community center for the visual arts. For more information, contact the Art Center at