The Proctor Arts Festival will make much more than a white powdery appearance when it casts its many colorful hues onto North 26th and Proctor Streets on Saturday, Aug. 5. The street fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s where artists of all kinds will be splashing the community with a variety of new art in the form of sights, smells, sounds, and tastes.
According to a co-chair of the arts festival, Nancy Frederick, who is also co-owner of Chalet Bowl and of 26th Street Cafe, this year will bring five new food vendors. Then Trivium Masonic Lodge will be hosting a vintage car show on North 27th Street.
“We have 140 artists and crafts people bringing their original wares to sell,” Frederick said. “On our three stages there will be music that ranges from western swing, to rock, to marimba, and the list includes a Chinese lion dance.”
The juried art show, with 55 art pieces, will take place at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St. The show is free and open to everyone.
Visitors to the street fair will be able to purchase original artwork and craft pieces from their makers and can boogie to live music or stop to rest while they enjoy any of the local entertainment.
“We’re sure looking forward to Proctors Arts Festival and this will be our fifth year,” said Alice Taylor, the artist and vendor at Beachwalk Jewelry. “We love the event. Such great organizers. Such great festival-goers. Such great music!”
Taylor, who lives in Shelton, makes jewelry from items that she and her husband Charlie find on Washington’s shorelines. “It’s all surf-tumbled with no machine tumbling. The sea and surf create the shapes and textures that inspire my creations,” said Taylor.
For this year’s festival, Taylor is adding sterling silver sea glass, rock bracelets and sea glass rings to her jewelry line.
Artist Lise Ohlson, vendor at Scarlett’s Fairy Garden, created the wearable wings, princess hats, and head wreaths that she will be selling at the festival but she will also be bringing many miniature fairy items that she also made. Included in her miniature collection are fairy houses, fairy lanterns, fairy gazebo swings, and miniature fairy furniture.
“Each item is handmade from natural twigs and other materials, and they are decorated with moss,” Ohlson said. “We also will be offering our popular assortment of ‘fairy accessories,’ including flower wands, miniature food, dishes, tiny baskets, jewels, and sparkles, as well as fairy dolls.”
Tamara Dinius, the vendor at Women, Wine, and Words creates original artwork that she turns into greeting cards, magnets and other merchandise. Dinius said she’s excited to be sharing two-dozen new designs and products at Proctor Arts Festival this year.
Dinius sells both original art and prints of her work. “I’ve worked hard over the last year to add even more humorous and empowering merchandise to my line! I can’t wait for Proctor to see them.”
Bob Jewell and Carrie Foster, both of Shroom Brothers fame, make original wearable screen-printed art. They will be bringing a couple of new hand-drawn graphics on shirts to the Proctor fest this year and will also bring well-known old favorite designs. “As always, we will also have a bunch of new fine art pieces, created by Carrie Foster,” Bob Jewell said. “Our one of a kind, repurposed fabric, tote bag stock has also been replenished.”
Huckleberry Designs (Huckleberrydesigns.net) is celebrating its very first showing at the Proctor Arts Festival this year. Artist Kim Owen moved to live in the Proctor District just two years ago and has a studio in her basement from where she sells her jewelry on-line. “I’m very excited to attend the festival,” Owen said. “I’m trying to finish a few more pieces for the show.”
“I love finding new ways to use my scrap fabric,” said Brooke Mclaughlin, who has an Etsy store called Atlastpast. “This year I have been making small cross-body purses that fit the carefree vibe of summer. It is important to me to have really affordable options for customers, and using scraps allows me to do that, while I’m also having fun experimenting with new products.
Each fair seems to have it’s own energy, and the Proctor Arts Fest has a great sense of pride in community and in supporting its local artists,” Mclaughlin said.
Organized by the Proctor Business District Association, along with community volunteers, the annual Proctor Arts Festival attracts approximately 10,000 visitors so organizers advise travelers to maybe consider skipping the expected parking mayhem and consider taking the bus instead.