Arts Festival Report

On the 7th of October, we had the first of the Olympic Peninsula All-Arts Festivals.

It was very small, and took place on only one floor of the Sekiu Community Center. 

But considering it only had one actual staff member, and was just a test, it fulfilled everything it was supposed to.

We had some Christmas lights, and the floor was wafting with multi-color balloons from the $ store.  I baked what a New Zealand friend called “An American Cake” and put out coffee.

The Cape Flattery School district donated the space, with the consideration that there would be free entry of for all children’s art, and demonstrations.

June Bowlby, president of the local long-standing arts group, Messy Pallettes, represented with her paintings in the art show and did watercolor demonstrations at her vendor’s table.

Her husband, Robert, contributed with the CD “Robert and June,” he playing saxaphone, June playing piano.  It made nice background music.

Robert said he wanted to call it Warts and All but June wouldn’t let him.

Messy Pallettes donated use of their display stands.

Margaret Owen, very active Joyce artist got funds from the Crescent Community Advisory Committee for $45.00 of gift certificates for art supplies at Olympic Stationers in Port Angeles.

Daniel Smith Art Supplies sent $20.00 in gift certificates.

Al’s mini-mart handed over a stack of paper coffee cups.

I donated a photo and layout for the color poster, which was printed with the sponsorship of the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce, with Tourism funds; Forks’s Olympic Graphics gave us a good deal on the posters in return for advertising on them.

Pat Soderlind, Forks Events Planner, Margaret Owen and I helped distribute the posters on the West End, including Joyce, Forks, LaPush, Neah Bay, Beaver, Clallam Bay and Sekiu.

I’m going to do a basic presentation to the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Executive Committe on the 30th of October.

Future plans for the festival:

2006:  We took in the west end, for one day.

2007:  At least two buildings, three days, and advertise in the western hemisphere.

2008:  The whole peninsula, a week, and advertisie globally.

Four fests a year:  The major festival in summer, and smaller fests — Octoberfest, Mayfest, and November’s Stormfest, to take advantage of sales to the holiday market.

We raised enough money for doo-dads for the next arts festival.  Now I can hire a tank and won’t have to blow up all those balloons!  😛

(Contact me for details through my email on this site or 360 963 2935).

Subsequent plans:  I will be contacting a Seattle head-hunter to see if he can find an international arts and media agent who can deal with rural folks.  Nobody moved out here to run around on airplanes to gallery openings!  They live out here for the peace and quiet, and the artists to do their art.


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