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The Shady Cove River Art Walk

The annual Shady Cove River Art Walk is back and bigger than ever, with more than 100 artists for this, its fifth edition.

The free event will celebrate the visual arts along the banks of the Rogue River with paintings, demonstrations, garden art, food, music and entertainment. Last year it drew 3,200 people to the little community on the river that's better-known for rafting and fishing.

"I'd be happy with 3,200 again," says organizer Alma Spicer. "They say we'll have cooler weather again. It's just what people wanted. But my bottom line is to show the talents of these artists."

The weekend art walk runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Edgewater Inn, 7800 Rogue River Drive, Shady Cove and Rogue River RV Park, 21800 Crater Lake Highway, Shady Cove.

The event is sponsored by the Upper Rogue Regional Tourism Alliance with local businesses and support from the city of Shady Cove and is paid for in part by artists' booth fees.

Spicer says the emphasis is on painting, with nearly two-thirds of the artists being painters, although there also are textiles, woodwork, sculpture, photography, metal and glass-work, gemstone jewelry and garden art.

"One woman artist is hauling all her watercolors from Chicago for the show," she says.

A Kid's Art Zone will be set up from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday only at Aunt Caroline's Park on Old Ferry Road off Highway 62.

Activities will include mural paintings, face-painting and an American Indian game presented by Michelle Stevens and her daughter who will be dressed in full Indian regalia.

Upper Rogue 4-H members will display artwork and sell baked goods (for details call Sandy Thompson at 944-3279 or e-mail chamber@upperrogue.org).

Lunch will be catered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by Salvioli's Italian Kitchen, but snacks will be available throughout the walk. Shuttles will run throughout town, enabling visitors to park free and ride or walk to the Edgewater Inn and Rogue River RV Park.

Musical entertainment will include Sound Traditions, Chris 'n Dom, accordionist Richard Gyuro, The Diamonds and Denim Band featuring Julie Millard Griffith and The Relief.

The Relief includes four Eagle Point High graduates who started playing professionally just last year and say they are addicted to rock but will play anything.

Participating Oregon artists and artisans will be coming from Jackson and Josephine counties as well as Brookings, Klamath Falls, Bonanza and Springfield

Featured regional artists will be Debby Elder and Karen Cain-Smith, of Shady Cove; Janet Rawlings, of Eagle Point, Carl Seyboldt and Gail O'Dell, of Eagle Point; Kim Ragsdale, from Trail and David Irwin from Butte Falls.

Elder is a Western artist whose works depict loggers, ranch life, rodeo and American Indians. She'll be in the lower level at the RV park. Rawlings is an award-winning pastel and charcoal artist who works in soft realism.

Artists from out of the area include Rob Ray Taylor, a transplant from Georgia who paints portraits, still lifes, people, animals and buildings, Liz Rosier, from Lake of the Hills, Illinois; and artists from Washington, Arizona, Nevada and a recently relocated artist from Hawaii.

Wildlife artist Russ Walker will have his work on display at the Main Entrance.

Spicer says it's all about sustaining local heritage through the arts in Oregon's sesquicentennial year.

"Shady Cove was built on the timber industry," she says. "Edgewater, where we have our main entrance, used to be a lumber mill. They'd float the logs down to it.

"Now I like to see people coming into Shady Cove and seeing that we have not only recreation opportunities on our beautiful river but wonderful talent."

For more information, call 821-4700 or visit upperrogue.org.

Left to right: Chris Doran, Jesse Kennemer, Shane Kell and Spencer Doran are The Relief. The rock band will perform this weekend at the art walk in Rogue River. - Photo by Rob Werfel