Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Stark raven mad!

Creativity and frivolity at the annual Arts and Crafts Festival

Express Staff Writer

Where can you go to spend a whole day meeting the entertainment demands of the entire family or visiting guests on any budget and in one place?
It’s at one of the community’s favorite free events, the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival, which will be spread across Atkinson Park in Ketchum from Friday, Aug. 9, to Sunday, Aug. 11.
    Now in its 45th year, the festival features live music, artist demonstrations, family and kids’ activities, food from local vendors and, of course, more than 100 booths filled with fine arts and crafts.
    The three-day festival has grown from a small gathering of artists in 1968 to one of the top 100 outdoor juried festivals in the nation. Hundreds of artists apply every year for the chance to display and sell their handmade fine arts and crafts—from glasswork, fiber and jewelry to paintings, woodwork and sculpture—at a wide range of price levels. Every year brings a fresh mix of new faces and old favorites from across the country and locally.
    Among the returning artists this year are 2012 Best of Show and Best of Sculpture artist Vicki Banks, Best of Ceramics artist Don McWhorter and Best of Fiber artist Starr Hagenbring.
    A kids’ activity area is open each day and kids will have the chance to make summer pinwheels, clay creatures and sun hats. Parents are asked to sign their kids in and remain with any children under 8 to assist in the projects.
    People of all ages can enjoy artist demonstrations. The performing arts stage at the Arts & Crafts Festival showcases the rich musical talent from the Wood River Valley and around the region, from country-style folk and bluegrass to jazz and rock.
    On-site food from local vendors means you never have to stray and there will be chairs and tables so you don’t have to bring your own.
    Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Street parking and at the Simplot Lot adjacent to the post office is available.
    This is one of the few venues where dogs, unfortunately, have to miss out.
    For more details, visit for a schedule and list of performers.

Listen to art
ARTISTS DEMOS: 1-4 p.m. daily. Friday, Aug. 9, with fiber artist Janet Starr. Saturday, Aug. 10, with painter Will Caldwell. Sunday, Aug. 11, encaustic with Alison Higdon.
FREE LIVE MUSIC: Friday, Aug. 9, from noon to 6 p.m.: Bad Penny, Matt Renner and John Gibson, Rick Hoel, and Dewey, Pickett and Howe. Saturday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Electric Snack, Spare Change, Hat Trick, Steph Sloan, and the Boulder Brothers. Sunday, Aug 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Mia Edsall, Johnny Shoes, The B-3 Side, and The Kim Stocking Band.
HEAR YOUR KIDS TELL IT: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Friday, Aug. 9, summer pinwheels; Saturday, Aug. 10, clay creatures; and Sunday, Aug. 11, sun hats.

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