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Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts

Photographers, potters, painters, crafters, jewelers, musicians and food vendors will congregate this Labor Day weekend on Jacksonville's historical courthouse lawn for the 16th annual Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts.

This year, more than 75 artists and artisans, hailing from California, Washington, Oregon and Montana, will showcase their wares at the arts festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2.

In addition to traditional art forms, there will be wood and glassworks, hats and accessories, alpaca wear, handcrafted kitchen utensils, garden art, handmade soaps and lotions, dolls made from recycled jeans, birdhouses, stuffed animals and more.

None of the featured items are imported, and all items are at least 75-percent handmade, says Jeanena Whitewilson, event coordinator.

"There's a nice combination of fine arts and artistic crafts," she says.

There also will be demonstrations by Tony Antonides (watercolor paintings), Chris Maqueira (pressed-flower jewelry), Cammy Davis (mixed-media paintings), Terry Davis and Wanda Tumey (decorative gourds), Loretta Justice and John Calabrese (leather handbags), Joyce Moreno (knitting), Susan Frey (custom-made fitness hoops), Karen Lesko (hair extensions), Bobbie Schultz (pet portraiture) and Colleen Aho (caricatures).

Local food vendors will provide festival fare, including Italian ice, roasted nuts, coffee, sandwiches and chicken bento meals.

Live music will take place on the courthouse steps. Trumpeter Frankie Hernandez and jazz pianist Kalea Hammond will perform Friday; country guitarists Butch Martin and Christina Duane, R&B guitarist Cole Cullen and guitarist and mandolinist Steve Ellmer will perform Saturday; and guitarists Shybo Torres, Dave Barnes, Jeff Jedkins and accordionist Richard Gyuro will perform Sunday.

Admission to the festival is free. Proceeds from booth rentals will go toward expanding the Jacksonville Community Center.

Across the street from the courthouse, new works in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and pen and ink by 28 members of Art Presence of Jacksonville will be displayed at the new gallery space in the historical Jackson County jail, 216 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville.

For a complete list of participating artists and vendors, find Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts on Facebook. Call 541-899-1121.

'Stonehenge' and other fiber art by Claudia Law will be at Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts.