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Medford in full Bloom

Downtown, from Vogel Plaza to Lithia Commons, comes alive for annual weekend event

Downtown Medford will spring to life on Mother’s Day weekend for the 19th annual Art in Bloom festival.

Art in Bloom showcases fine artists from the West Coast. Over 120 artists and horticulturists have been selected to exhibit and sell their work, which will include photography, jewelry, garden decor, paintings and much more. Events run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12.

Activities include a children’s arts and entertainment area, live music and performances, and food and drink vendors. Artisans are located on Main, Central and Bartlett streets, while live entertainment can be enjoyed at the Lithia Commons Stage and Horton Family Stage in Pear Blossom Park, 312 E. Fourth St. An information booth in Vogel Plaza will supply answers to any questions about the weekend event. You can also enter to win gifts from local artisans.

BMX Flatland Riding legend Dave Nourie will perform at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and at noon and 3 p.m. Sunday at Common Block One by the playground.

Watch Life Art/ Life Track artists create inspiring graffiti displays in Middleford Alley, and artist Jamie Bryn will be creating a chalk art display. Check in often to see the progress and watch the picture come to life.

Kids will be able to hold lizards, snakes, a hedgehog and much more when Nature Joe’s Ark rises at The Commons, joined this year by Crawling Critters. Annie the Clown presents Fun Town, including a jump house and interactive puppet theater and face painting, also at The Commons.

Comedic young magician Spencer Halpin will give a stage performance on the Lithia Commons Stage at 11 a.m. Saturday, as well as do street magic tricks throughout The Commons area.

Calligraphy, spinning, weaving and blown-glass displays are ongoing all weekend in Vogel Plaza and Theater Alley.

On the Horton Family Stage, look for entertainment by Not Too Shabby, RV German Band, Dan Day Blues Band, 221 Fly, Dance Arts Academy, Nancy Mac Band, Deja Neaux, Danielle Kelly Soul Project, and David Pinski & Phil Newton with the Over The Moon Band.

At the Lithia Commons Stage, visitors can enjoy entertainment from Panache Dance, Evergreen Ballroom, Fusion Dance, Magic By Spencer, Ms. Diana’s School of Ballet, Ayesha’s Dance Company, Chip Wright Champion Karate, Singers Company and more.

Kid entrepreneurs will sell tastes of their own special recipes at lemonade stands they designed throughout the festival for $1 per taste.

Ladies Biz Lane, located in Lithia Commons, will have all the latest pampering products on hand to sample. Vendors such as Jamberry, Thirty-one, Advocare, Younique, Arbonne, Dove Chocolates and Scentsy will be at this year’s festival, just to name a few.

Revenue generated from the festival will help fund future Art in Bloom events and continue to support local youth art education, one of the chief goals of Art in Bloom. Over the years, this nonprofit organization has funded art projects and student awards at North Medford, South Medford, Central Medford, Phoenix and Grants Pass high schools. This year, Art In Bloom is helping support creative endeavors for the Logos Public Charter School, the Valley School and Walking Tall youth programs.

For a full listing of scheduled entertainment, see art-in-bloom.com/schedule. For further questions, contact Amy Rose at amyrose263@gmail.com or 541-621-0239.

Kid entrepreneurs at a past Art in Bloom in Medford. (Courtsey photo)
Flowers bloom during the 2016 Art In Bloom event in downtown medford. (Mail Tribune / File Photo)