Maude Kerns Art Center presents the 2015 Artists’ Marketplace at the Art and the Vineyard Festival, which is supported for the eighth year by Title Sponsor Comcast. The Marketplace features the work of over 80 artists from eight states and showcases art in a wide variety of media and styles, including acrylic and oil paintings, watercolors, handcrafted wood furniture, hand-built and thrown ceramics, silver and gemstone jewelry, custom blown glass, hand-crocheted purses, designer hats, nature photography, illustration and book art, steel sculpture, and Japanese Shibori silk scarves, to name just a few of the artistic offerings.
Artists’ Marketplace artist Barton DeGraaf, from Bend, Oregon, has created the festival image this year, an original watercolor titled Cab Frog. Bart, who first participated in the Artists’ Marketplace eight years ago, has developed a following for his whimsical watercolors of animals, especially frogs and ravens. Cab Frog, which is part of a series devoted to frogs and wine, is a fitting image to use as Art and the Vineyard celebrates the participation of 27 Oregon vineyards in the 2015 Wine Court.
Returning artist Hung Pham, from Seattle, Washington, exhibits colorful paintings in oil or acrylic depicting scenes of rural Vietnamese life drawn from his memories of his hometown of Hue, Vietnam. Hung, who studied at Hue Fine Arts University, paints in bright, saturated color. Speaking about the inspiration behind his work, he says: “I love people, I love the rice fields, and my many memories of the old town where I was born and grew up. These places and memories impress me very much and in my mind and heart inspire my artwork.”
Among the 19 new artists in the Artists’ Marketplace is Eugene ceramic artist Dan Schmitt, who exhibits hand-thrown porcelain tableware cups, bowls, plates, and teapots. Although Dan is a newcomer to the Marketplace, his work has already garnered national attention, with one of his pieces on permanent display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His work has been shown throughout Oregon, Washington, and California, with exhibits of note at the White Lotus Gallery in Eugene.
Also new to the Marketplace are husband and wife team, Ken and Pat Snider of “Wild Wind Rustics,” from Grenada, California. Ken creates picture frames, shadow boxes, and clocks made from rustic wood that is 40 to 100 years old, as well as vases from weathered posts. Pat is a photographer whose pieces are displayed in Ken’s rustic frames.
In addition to the Artists’ Marketplace, Art and the Vineyard features Main Stage entertainment as well as strolling musicians over three days, Art For Your Garden, a Youth Art Arena with youth and family-focused activities, a Youth Stage, Oregon Wineries, a Craft Beer Garden, and an International Food Court.
Hours of the Artists’ Marketplace are 11:00am – 8:30pm Friday and Saturday and 11:00am – 6:30pm on Sunday. General hours of Art and the Vineyard are 11:00 am — 9:30 pm on Friday, July 3; 11:00 am through the fireworks on Saturday, July 4; and 11:00 am – 6:30 pm, on Sunday,
A discounted THREE-DAY PASS to Art and the Vineyard is $16. One-day admission is $7 on July 3 and July 5 and $9 on July 4; children 6 – 11 years are $1; under 6 years are FREE.. For more information about the 32nd annual Art and the Vineyard Festival, call the Maude Kerns Art Center at 541-345-1571 or visit www.artandthevineyard.org.