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Art 'en plein air'

In its summer tourist season, Shady Cove draws fishermen, rafters and — this weekend — artisans to the Rogue River's edge

More than 100 artists from Oregon, Northern California, Nebraska and Washington, as well as a handful of performing artists, will come together this weekend for the sixth annual Shady Cove River art walk.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15, at Edgewater Inn, 7800 Rogue River Drive, Shady Cove and Rogue River RV Park, 21800 Crater Lake Highway, Shady Cove.

"We're showing off what we've got to offer here with recreation, art and our beautiful river," says event organizer Alma Spicer.

Last year, the River art walk drew nearly 5,000 people to the little community — a 20 percent increase from the 2008 art walk.

The art walk not only allows residents and visitors to experience Shady Cove's cultural flare, but it also benefits local businesses and restaurants. In 2009, businesses reported that revenue increased by about 35 percent the week of the event, says Spicer.

Participating artists will display their work along a 700-foot stretch of grassy river bank, as well as inside the Edgewater Inn's conference room and an adjoining open-air gallery.

This year's featured artists include award-winning Eagle Point artist Charity Hubbard and metal artist Jamie Maunu.

Hubbard's architectural oil paintings, limited edition giclée prints and cards will occupy a tent along the river near the Shady Cove Bridge. She and about six other artists will paint "en plein air" along the bank's lower pathways.

Maunu's metal, upholstery and airbrush art, as seen in two, three-wheeled Volkswagens and a custom, 10-foot outboard motorboat, can be found at the main entrance of the Edgewater Inn.

Featured regional artists include illustrator Carl Seyboldt of Eagle Point, sketch artist Kim Ragsdale of Trail, wildlife artist Russ Walker of Medford, photographer David Irwin of Butte Falls, watercolor artist Dana Borgen of Shady Cove and many others.

"Along the scenic Rogue River, it's a comfortable relaxed art venue, and it's fun," says Spicer.

The Prospect Future Farmers of America and Upper Rogue 4-H clubs will host Kid's Art Zone. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Aunt Caroline's Park, located on the corner of Highway 62 and Indian Creek Road. Activities include hands-on arts and crafts, story time, face painting, a puppet show (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and American Indian drumming by Michelle Stevens (at 2 p.m.).

Live music by accordionist Richard Guyro, Sound Traditions, Chris 'N Dom, The Diamonds and Denim Band, Pete Herzog and Christina Duane's Band will be available. See music schedule on this page.

Several lunch options will be available, including Ashland's Hawaiian Grill and Extreme Caffeine inside the Edgewater Inn and Salvioli's Italian Kitchen in the food pavilion. Also look for roasted nuts, shaved ice treats and ice cream outside near the pavilion. Crater Lake Cellars will provide wine tastings.

Free parking is available south of the Shady Cove bridge (at the former Two Pines Smokehouse). A free trolley will be on hand to pick up guests and take them to the art walk entrance. "Fee parking" is available across from the Edgewater Inn. (Please note that parking will not be available at Edgewater Inn or the Rogue River RV Park.)

Well-mannered pets on short leashes are permitted.

The event is sponsored by the Upper Rogue Regional Tourism Alliance as well as Edgewater Inn and the Rogue River RV Park.

Call 541-821-4700 or see www.upperrogue.org.

Janis Ellison of Grants Pass works on a pastel painting of a river scene at the 2009 River art walk. - MT file photo