Yachats Original Arts & Crafts Fair Returns March 24-25

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Arts and crafts from more than 70 Pacific Northwest artists and crafts people will be featured at the 48th annual Yachats Original Arts & Crafts Fair, ushering in Oregon Spring Break on the central Oregon coast. Media include paintings; handcrafted jewelry, art glass, pottery, woodwork, furniture, mixed media, sculpture; stained glass, natural fiber woven textiles, carvings, screen prints, fine art photography, natural stone vases, dried lavender, upcycled garden art, upcycled vintage jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, paper arts, handcrafted toys, chair massage, and more. The fair hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair takes place at the Yachats Commons at Hwy 101 & W 4th St. in downtown Yachats. Admission is free.

Featured artists this year:

Alissa Clark of Florence, Oregon, creates modern functional clay vessels through a detailed combination of pattern, texture, and color. Most of her work is handbuilt, although some wheel-thrown components are used to form bottle necks, feet, or smaller chambers. Alissa says, “I delight in making useful items that are beautiful, graceful additions to everyday life and home.”

Cliff Scharf of Oakland, Oregon, has been making jewelry for more than forty years. He works in sterling silver and karat gold, is experienced in lost wax casting and hand fabrication, and uses a lot of precious and semi-precious stones in his work. He has recently added the multi metal capabilities of Mokume Gane techniques to his art. Cliff explains that Mokume Gane, Japanese for woodgrain metal, is a diffusion bonded stack of alternating different metals that is forged after firing, and then forged again to expose multiple layers. “Jewelry is both my art and my passion,” Cliff says. “I love to see my work worn by people who share the joy of a wearable piece of art.”

Laurie Carlson of Lincoln City, Oregon, says “imagination and enthusiasm” are words that best describe her attitute toward art-making. Laurie paints waves, birds, or sweeping landcapes, always seeking to capture the light. “I am really painting the sun,” she exclaims. Laurie works on canvas cloth stretched on a wood frame, using traditional oil paints and walnut oil. Her brushes are made of mongoose or pig hair. “This is a slow art, Laurie says, “taking about a week for the paint to dry…We can all enjoy art – whether making it, or enjoying it – and I am devoted to doing both.”

Nancie Miller is currently living in the Grand Tetons National Park area of Eastern Idaho. “I’ve been doing fused glass for almost twenty years,” Nancie says, “and I still love it every day!” Her current work aims to brighten your day with colorful natural themes, and includes wearable pieces, small tableware, and window hangings.

This fair is sponsored by the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, please visit their web site, yachats.org.

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