Art events’ aim to draw downtown

Area artists will have a chance to showcase their work and their skills for the public during a week-long event called Arts in Bloom May 14-21 in Sweet Home businesses.

“The purpose of this event is to bring business downtown and to give people the opportunity to do arts and crafts,” said Nancy Patton, chair of the Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort Programming and Marketing Committee, which came up with the idea for the event.

“We haven’t done a spring event and we want to involve the artists in the community and bring people downtown.”

The event will begin Saturday, May 14, at Trash to Treasure, 1023 Main St., with a live performance by artists who will create works from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to which the public is invited.

Artwork from Sweet Home Junior High and High School will be displayed at the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce, and other local artists will be showcased at various businesses during the week.

Then, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, the community is encouraged to go to the following participating merchants to shop and receive a ticket for a drawing in which a piece of art will be given away to the winner. Tickets will be given out at Trash to Treasure, Seamingly Creative, Santiam Feed and Garden Supply, Green 4 All Seasons, Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce, Foster Lake Mall, The Point Restaurant, Rita’s Relics, NoBS Barber Shop, A&W Restaurant, Sweet Home Farmer’s Market, Steelhead Strength and Fitness, Sweet Home Choppers, Sweet Home RV Center, Sunshine Espresso, Lilies and Lovelies Floral and Gift, South Fork Trading Company, Periwinkle Provisions, OK Country Feed, Mr. Lucky’s Deli and All Star Pizza and American Family Video.

Also on May 21, six artists will appear at various businesses to help visitors with a free hands-on art class. Don Ross (oil painting) will be at Periwinkle Provision, Rich Little ( pottery) will be at Trash to Treasure, Alice Grovom and Phyllis Osborn-Smith ( flowers) will be at Santiam Feed and Garden Supply, Marilou Wagar (tole painting) will be at The Point Restaurant, Donna Lee ( pencil art) will be at American Family Video and Gina Darby ( bead jewelry) will be at Trash to Treasure.

Miss Oregon USA Anna Prosser and Miss Oregon Teen USA Kayla Roush are scheduled to appear at the drawing, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Trash to Treasure, along with the newly named Sportsman Holiday Court Laura Grove, Ami Olmsted and Kimber Swanson. They will also visit local businesses before the drawing. A May Pole event is also being planned for the day. The SHHS Symphonic Choir and Jazz Band will perform at Periwinkle Provisions, which also is hosting a health screening and offering food samples.

The band will play from 11 a.m. to noon and the choir will sing from 1 to 2 p.m. Other music will be provided as well, Patton said.

“We’ve encouraged some musicians to do their own thing because it’s an arts event,” she said.

For more information please contact Nancy Patton at (541) 409-4276 or Brandi Hawkins at Periwinkles Provision, at (541) 367-6614.