July

Fish Follies 2006
June 14 – Sept.1,
Cordova, Alaska

The theme is anything fishy! Oceans, water, fishing, or seafood-related. Open to all artists 18+ in the U.S. and Canada working in all media. For more information visit www.cordovamuseum.org or call 907-424-6665.

Ketchum Arts Festival
July 7 – 9, Ketchum, Idaho
This annual outdoor festival dedicated to the celebration, creativity and artistic expression of Wood River Valley artists includes musicians, poets, dancers, designers and culinary chefs. 0ver 80 artists display their work at the new special events “Festival Meadows” along Sun Valley Road. Call 208-309-1960 for details.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
July 8, Sisters, Ore.
The Stitchin’ Post is proud to present this 31st annual event displaying more than 1,100 quilts under sunny summer skies. From barns to balconies, storefronts to stairways, quilts from all over the world, from as far away as New Zealand to as close to home as Sisters, blanket the town with splashes of color. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit http://sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org or www.stitchinpost.com, or call 541-549-6061.

Choochokam: Langley Festival of the Arts
July 8 – 9, Whidbey Island (Langley), Wash.
On Saturday and Sunday, the streets of Langley will be filled with arts, crafts, music, poetry, dance and festivities as Choochokam returns for its 30th year. This festival features over 130 local and regional artists’ booths. For more, call 360-221-7494 or visit www.choochokam.net.

Bend Summer Festival
July 8 – 9, Bend, Ore.
Come to Downtown Bend for a weekend of fun, food, music and art, with over 100 artist booths, two music stages, a beer garden, and loads of activities.

Art On The Ave
July 9, Tacoma, Wash.
Sponsored by The Sixth Avenue Merchants Association, this annual street fair is a high-energy arts festival on 6th Avenue. The event spans 14 city blocks and includes over 70 vendors and five stages with live music from noon to 6 p.m. For details visit www.artontheave.org or email info@artontheave.org.

Equine Art 2006
July 13 – 16, Auburn, Wash.
The show and sale will be open for public viewing on the track level at Emerald Downs during racing hours. Judging, preview party and reception will take place on July 12. For details call 253-288-7878 or visit www.washingtonthoroughbred.com.

Walk the Art Beat
July 14 – 15, Redmond, Ore.
Approximately 40 to 50 artists are paired up with downtown Redmond businesses for art demonstrations. Enjoy art and music that lasts into the night, as well as Sunfest on the Plaza, another downtown celebration. For details call Redmond Chamber of Commerce at 541-923-5191.
Summerfest 2006: Art and Wine on the Waterfront

July 14 – 16,
Kirkland, Wash.
Each July, 42,000 art enthusiasts come together on the waterfront of scenic Lake Washington to celebrate art and wine in the Northwest. Summerfest 2006 features 120 juried artists, gourmet foods from local restaurants, Washington State wines, artist demonstrations and performances by some of the area’s favorite musicians, set in Downtown Kirkland’s Marina Park. For information call 425-822-7161 or visit www.kirklandartscenter.org.

Second Annual Artists in Heat
July 15 – 16,
Enumclaw, Wash.
An outdoor sculpture and garden show held on the five-acre gardens adjacent to Owings Brown Studio, the mission of Artists in Heat is to expose visitors to a wide variety of outdoor art viewed, as it should be, in a beautiful garden setting. The show is free to the public. Bring family and friends to this amazing outdoor event. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. After July 16, by appointment only until October. Details at www.owingsbrownstudio.com or www.artistsinheat.com.

11th Annual Trout Lake Festival of the Arts
July 15 – 16,
Trout Lake, Wash.
A weekend of art and music, including a juried show of 40 Gorge artists, two stages of live music, a children’s art and music program, and local wines, brews and fine food. Trout Lake is located 25 miles north of Hood River, Oregon on SR #141. For more go to www.troutlake.org.

Annual Studio Tour 2006
July 15 – 16,
La Conner, Wash.
Skagit Artists Together presents the third annual juried tour, as working artists from Sedro Woolley to Guemes Island open their studios to art aficionados. Go to www.skagitartiststogether.com for information.

Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival
July 15 – 16,
Gig Harbor, Wash.
The 22nd annual festival on Judson Street in downtown Gig Harbor features 150 artists and craftspeople on display with a variety of media. Visit www.peninsulaartleague.com/festival.htm or call 253-265-8313 for details.

Art by the Bay
July 15 – 16,
Camano Island, Wash.
This summer fine arts and crafts festival features over 100 juried artists and craftspeople from around the Northwest, gourmet food, live entertainment, garden items, and children’s activities. Open daily at the Utsalady Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission and free parking. More information is available at www.stanwoodcamanoarts.com.

International Stone Sculptors Symposium
July 15 – 23, Mt. Vernon, Wash.
Sculptors of all levels of experience in the art of stone carving are welcome, as 60-70 artists participate in workshops and mentoring programs. The symposium features a Sculpture Walk on July 22 showcasing the artists’ work, and an auction on July 19. Visit www.nwssa.org for more, or call 888-237-0677.

Pilchuck Glass School Open House
July 16, Stanwood, Wash.
This once-a-year opportunity allows the public to visit the school’s studio facilities, take docent-led tours, observe demonstrations by international glass masters, attend an artist slide talk, meet and speak with artists about their works in progress, view artwork, and enjoy Pilchuck’s 54-acre forested campus. Call 206-621-8422 for reservations.

Pratt Studio Access Information Session
July 17, Seattle, Wash.
Pratt Fine Arts Center’s studios offer an extensive array of tools and equipment to students, artists and others interested in working with a variety of media. Come to this free informal information session and learn about Pratt’s resources. Tour the facilities and learn about classes and equipment. The session is available in the Print studio, Sculpture studio, Hot Glass, Warm Glass and Jewelry studios. Call 206-328-2200 or go to www.pratt.org for more information.

Arts in the Park
July 21 – 23, Kalispell, Mont.
This juried art show is a favorite for browsing over 100 artists’ booths and buying high quality jewelry, clothing, photography, paintings, pottery, glass, and other artwork to benefit the Hockaday Museum of Art. For information call 406-755-5268 or visit www.hockadayartmuseum.org.

Salem Art Fair & Festival
July 21 – 23, Salem, Ore.
One of Oregon’s premier cultural events will celebrate its 57th year in Bush’s Pasture Park. This event is free and open to the public, and features over 200 of the top fine artists and craftspeople from around the country. Artists will display work in a wide variety of media including painting, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, photography and fiber. Visit www.salemart.org/fair for more.

Studio Artists’ Sale
July 21 – 23, Manzanita, Nehalem & Wheeler, Ore.
The Manzanita Creative Arts Council presents the annual event at the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita, featuring the artists of the Nehalem Bay area. Call 503-965-7002 for details.

Artists’ Studio Tour of North Idaho
July 21 – 23 and July 28 – 30, North Idaho
Now in its 4th year, almost 30 artists will participate in this year’s tour of the Sandpoint area and points beyond. Studios are also open throughout the summer. For information call 208-265-4380.

Palate to Palette
July 22, Cannon Beach, Ore.
DragonFire Gallery will celebrate its fifth anniversary on July 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. with an original event, “Palate to Palette.” Three famous local chefs will prepare three courses of food, then pair them with three different wines. There will be three sets of live music, and three unveilings of artworks. Space is limited. Call 503-436-1533 to ensure your space.

Spirit of the West
July 22 - 23, Prineville, Ore.
Rural Oregon Arts Association celebrates the National Day of the American Cowboy in this unique art event. Visit www.ruraloregonarts.org for more information.

Garden Art Show 2006
July 25 – 26, Troutdale, Ore.
The ultimate recyclers will feature garden art made from recycled materials at this annual event at McMenamins Edgefield. The show will feature more than 60 talented artists spread about the beautiful grounds of historic Edgefield. Go to www.crackedpots.org or call 503-289-1381 for more.

Capitol Hill Block Party
July 28 – 29, Seattle, Wash.
Local independent businesses, artists and craftspeople, and various nonprofits come together to present two days of arts, music and community. For details go to www.capitolhillblockparty.com.

Allied Arts Sidewalk Show
July 28 – 29, Richland, Wash.
Set in Howard Amon Park on the Columbia River, this is a showcase of juried artists and craftspeople displaying a unique array of photography, jewelry, metal art, furniture, pottery, paintings, glass art and much more. Call 509-943-9815 or visit www.alliedartsrichland.org for more.

Bellevue 6th Street Fair
July 28 – 30, Bellevue, Wash.
As part of Bellevue’s nationally recognized Signature Arts Festival Weekend, the 6th Street Fair features over 120 artists from across the nation showcasing original artwork, jewelry, home décor, paintings, woodworking, sculpture and more. The Fair is open daily at 10 a.m. and conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Bellevue at the corner of NE 6th and 106th Ave NE. For details call 425-453-1223 or visit www.bellevuedowntown.org.

60th Bellevue Artsand Crafts Fair
July 28 – 30, Bellevue, Wash.
The premier art event in the Northwest, featuring juried artist booths, art demonstrations, an award-winning Kidsfair, exclusive Patron Party, rousing live entertainment and delicious foods. In 2005, over 325,000 people attended the Fair, and artists sold more than $1.66 million to help raise funds for the Bellevue Arts Museum. Visit www.bellevueart.org/craftsfair for more.

Samish Island Summer Arts Festival 2006
July 29, Samish Island, Wash.
Held at the Samish Island Community Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring original paintings and drawings, prints, woodwork inlay, glass art, fiber arts, jewelry, pottery, handcrafted outdoor furniture, handmade cards, photography and other craft items from over 40 exhibitors. For details visit www.samishisland.net.

August

International Nautical Chainsaw Carving Competition
Aug. 2 – 6, Westport, Wash.
This is the home of the largest and longest running chainsaw carving competition in the world, and includes an art and crafts bazaar at the Westport Marina. Call 800-345-6223 for information.

Blueberry Arts Festival
Aug. 4 – 5, Ketchikan, Alaska
This juried art show features art and craft booths, food, music, and more. Opening reception on Friday. For more information contact the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council at 907-225-2211.

Anacortes Arts Festival
Aug. 4 – 6, Anacortes, Wash.
With 250 juried street artisans, two stages of entertainment, exhibits in Art at the Port, and artists at work, the Anacortes Arts Festival has evolved as a unique exhibition of progressive Northwest art in a waterfront setting in the San Juan Islands. This free event starts at 10 a.m. every day. Find out more at www.AnacortesArtsFestival.com or call 360-293-6211.

38th Annual Art on the Green
Aug. 4 – 6,
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
A marketplace, performance space and gathering place for friends and families, this yearly event is the highlight of the summer in Coeur d’Alene. The arts and crafts outdoor festival features 135-plus artists. It’s a great place to find handcrafted works in glass, clay, leather, wood, metal and fiber directly from the artists. Hands-on-art sections are available for children and adults. For more, go to www.artonthegreen.org or call 208-667-9346.
Glorious Glass (under $500)

Aug. 4 – 29,
Bainbridge, Wash.
This Bainbridge Arts and Crafts exhibition is a juried show of both production work and unique sculpture, curated by glass expert Dan Kany. Pilchuck co-founder Anne Gould Hauberg will present two awards. Reception Friday, Aug. 4. For details call 206-842-3132 or visit www.bainbridgeartsandcrafts.org.

5th Annual Cultural Crawl
Aug. 4 – 31, Westminster, BC
The 2006 Arts & Cultural Guide to British Columbia is launching its fifth annual Cultural Crawl, a month-long celebration of BC’s arts, culture and heritage, which starts on the BC Day long weekend. For a complete listing of participants, and ideas on how to explore the province during a month of arts & cultural adventures, visit www.art-bc.com or call 888-981-9886.

Bigfork Festival of the Arts
Aug. 5 – 6, Bigfork, Mont.
On the shore of beautiful Flathead Lake the annual festival will feature more than 100 booths and showcase Montana artists. This well attended Festival fills the main streets of town with fine art, crafts, food, music and other entertainment. For details visit www.bigforkfestivalofthearts.com or call 406-837-5888.

Bainbridge Island Summer Studio Tour
Aug. 11 – 13, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
During Bainbridge Island’s annual juried summer self-guided tour, operating in the intimate settings of local artists’ working studios, the public can discover artists in their studios and see them in action as they create fine art paintings, furniture, fabric, garden art, and more. Visitors can participate in art activities. Visit www.bistudiotour.com for details.

McKinley Street Festival
Aug. 12, Tacoma, Wash.
A street festival filled with art, food and music, at 35th and McKinley, featuring chairs painted by talented artists with a “dog” theme. Works will be judged by the Humane Society. Prizes awarded to winning artists. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, email sharikaroland@net-venture.com.

La Bella Strada Arts Festival
Aug. 12 –13, Bellingham, Wash.
La Bella Strada and the Chalk Artfest recognize the high level of accomplishment by local and regional artists and pay tribute to the history and tradition of street painting. Over 200 professional and budding artists of all ages will decorate the sidewalks of Downtown Bellingham with brightly painted chalk art “masterpieces.” This free event will feature more than 85 Northwest artists, street painting, children’s activities, food, and live entertainment. Go to www.alliedarts.org or call 360-676-8548 for details.

Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival
Aug. 12 – 13, Whidbey Island (Coupeville), Wash.
Enjoy this historic juried art festival on Coupeville’s waterfront on Whidbey Island, emphasizing fine arts in every visual medium, art demonstrations, artists in action, entertainment, food and more. Art Gallery Preview and Wine Tasting on Friday, Aug. 11. Visit www.coupevilleartsandcraftsfestival.org or call 360-678-5116 for information.

Paws in the Garden: Artists for Animals Benefit
Aug. 12 – 13, Sequim, Wash.
Vision Landscape Nursery, with its ponds, waterfalls, and beautiful gardens, is the setting. Come join some of the Olympic Peninsula’s more prolific and marvelous artists as they raise funds and awareness. A percentage of all sales at the nursery goes directly to Peninsula Friends of the Animals, Welfare for Animals Guild, Clallam Humane Society, and Critter Haven. Enjoy and purchase fine art, listen to live music and nibble on vegetarian delicacies as you meet the artists, and experience their art and the animals they are helping. For details visit www.visionlandscapenursery.com or call 360-683-2855.

34th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair
Aug. 12 – 13, Sandpoint, Idaho
Sponsored by the Pend Oreille Arts Council, more than 100 artists from across the western United States will be selected to participate in this year’s fair. Works include painting, photography, pottery, fiber, jewelry, glass, woodwork, metal, and more. This year’s Fair will also have food vendors, live entertainment by local and regional musicians, a pottery demonstration area, and a children’s art activity area. Go to www.ArtinSandpoint.org or call 208-263-6139 for more.

Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work
Aug. 19 – 20, Everett, Wash.
Fresh Paint celebrates its 10th Annual festival, as the entire length of the Promenade will be filled with artists turning the Everett Marina into a huge outdoor studio and sidewalk gallery. See how all kinds of artists use their tools and art materials. For details visit www.freshpaint.org or www.artscouncilofsnoco.org, or call 425-257-8380.

Best of Marymoor
Aug. 19 – 20,
Redmond, Wash.
This free outdoor festival features unique juried artists, two music and performing stages, and delectable food and activities for all ages, at Marymoor Park. For information call 206-525-5926 or visit www.nwcraftsalliance.com.

6th Annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival
Aug. 19 – 20, Silverton, Ore.
Featuring the finest juried Northwest artists, hands-on demonstrations, family activities, food and entertainment, in Coolidge-McClaine Park. For details visit www.silvertonarts.org or call 503-873-2480.

September

Montana’s Antiques and Art Fair
Sept. 1 – 3, Whitefish, Mont.
This second annual antiques and art fair held at the O’Shaughnessy Center features a variety of fine dealers of quality art, books, and antiques to benefit the Hockaday Museum. The fair will include more than 15 vendors. For information call 406-755-5268 or visit www.hockadayartmuseum.org.

10th Annual Lopez Island Artists Studio Tour
Sept. 2 – 3,
Lopez Island, Wash.
More than 45 artists and craftspeople, including painters, sculptors, potters, weavers, quilters, jewelers, photographers, glass artists and recycled materials artists, will open their studios for a self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details call 360-468-2159 or email M2arts@centurytel.net.

Sisters Western & Native American Arts Festival
Sept. 2 – 3, Sisters, Ore.
Vendors from all over the Pacific Northwest display top quality handmade traditional and Native American works, including jewelry, woodcrafts, western art, traditional American art and much more. A food court, live entertainment, and demonstrations of early settlers, pioneers and Native American living round out the activities at Creekside Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 541-549-0251 for more.

Bumbershoot 2006
Sept. 2 – 4, Seattle, Wash.
A sometimes sprawling sampler of all the amazing art the Pacific Northwest and the world has to offer. Bumbershoot, located at the Seattle Center, presents the work of more than 1,500 artists in more than 20 venues. Go to www.bumbershoot.org for tickets and information.

Art in the Pearl
Sept. 2 – 4, Portland, Ore.
This annual festival fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages, featuring 100 artists’ works including fine wooden furniture, paintings, photography, glass, and more. The event is located between W. Burnside and NW Glisan at NW 8th Ave. For details call 503-722-9017 or visit www.artinthepearl.com.

Contain It
Sept. 7 – Oct. 26,
Everett, Wash.
This group invitational exhibit features unique handcrafted boxes and containers. Meet the Artists reception is Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Arts Council of Snohomish County. Call 425-257-8380 or visit www.artscouncilofsnoco.org for more.

Wild Salmon on Parade Auction
Sept. 8, Anchorage, Alaska
Each year, artists design wacky, whimsical and definitely wild salmon statues that swim throughout downtown Anchorage from early June through late August, and go to auction during the annual Fish Fry & Buy dinner auction in September. The 2006 Wild Salmon on Parade will feature 20 four-foot, artistically transformed salmon sculptures. Maps are available online with the chance to cast a favorite Wild Salmon vote. For details and to vote, go to www.wildsalmononparade.com.

Art in the Park 2006
Sept. 8 – 10, Boise, Idaho
Boise Art Museum’s largest fundraising event features over 260 local and regional artists, as well as live entertainment, park performers, and more than 40 concessionaires. Art in the Park is held in Julia Davis Park near the heart of downtown Boise. For information call 208-345-8330 x14 or go to www.boiseartmuseum.org.

The Puyallup Fair
Sept. 8 – 24, Puyallup, Wash.
Besides the rides and the animals, the Puyallup Fair also features a fine art show, including watercolors, oils, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, computer art and miniature. For more information visit www.thefair.com or call 253-841-5045.

Best of the San Juans
Sept. 9, San Juan Island, Wash.
Enjoy samplings of delectable wines, and local foods and products, all made in the San Juan Islands. A highlight of the festival is the juried art exhibit with local artisans selling their artwork and artists demonstrating their talents. Performance artists and local musicians provide entertainment throughout the day. Call 360-370-5050 or go to www.wbay.org for details.

Paint Ellensburg at Gallery One
Sept. 15 – 16,
Ellensburg, Wash.
It’s wet, it’s raw, it’s unframed! Watch artists create at the 24-hour Create-a-thon at Gallery One. Saturday is Artists in Action where artists attempt to capture the essence of the community through their medium of choice. Live auction Saturday evening. Call 509-925-2670 or visit www.paintellensburg.com for details.

Vashon Allied Arts Auction
Sept. 15 – 16, Vashon, Wash.
Vashon Allied Arts invites artists to create work just for the auction. VAA’s biggest fundraiser of the year features great food and music, in addition to pottery, painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. For details call 206-463-5131 or visit www.vashonalliedarts.org.

Pratt 30th Anniversary Celebration
Sept. 16, Seattle, Wash.
Pratt Fine Arts Center celebrates 30 years as The Place to Make Art with this evening of celebration and presentation of Pratt Service to the Visual Arts and Volunteer of The Year awards. For tickets and information, visit www.pratt.org.

Open Studio Tour 2006
Sept. 16 – 17, Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula & Fox Island, Wash.
Open Studio continues a tradition of juried area artists opening their working studios to the public. This is a unique opportunity to purchase fine art directly from the artists. For details visit www.gigharboropenstudiotour.org.

Annual Maryhill Arts Festival
Sept. 16 – 17, Maryhill, Wash.
Over 50 artists will display paintings, sculptures, glass, photographs and more for sale along with a special exhibition by the Northwest Wood Carvers Association. There are hourly live music performances, free hands-on art activities for children, and tasty treats from several local restaurants. Admission is free. Go to www.maryhillmuseum.org for more.

ARTrails Open Studio Tour
Sept. 17 – 18 and Sept. 24 – 25, Centralia-Chehalis, Wash.
Plan to spend a day, a weekend, or maybe two meeting artists and seeing where and how they work. During this self-directed tour through Lewis County, observe over 40 artists doing a variety of work in all stages of development. Gala opening at the Exhibition Gallery in downtown Centralia’s historic train depot on Sept. 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. where artists will be available. The Exhibition Gallery will then exhibit featured work Sept. 16–24. Call 360-736-4226 or visit www.ARTrailsofsww.org for details.

Lopez Arts Experience
Sept. 18 – 21, Lopez Island, Wash.
Experienced instructors offer hands-on (4 day) learning experiences in their studios in a wide variety of media, including: painting, pastel, clay, etching, bookbinding, stone sculpture, mask-making, fiber arts, digital photography, and environmental sculpture. For more details call Information: 360-468-4715 or visit www.sanjuanartists.com/lopezartsexperience.

Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival
Sept. 18 – 24,
Walla Walla, Wash.
With this year’s theme of “Wine Country Splendor,” the festival includes a display of quilts from several guilds, a nationally-acclaimed featured quilter, vendor mall, historic downtown quilt walk, quilt class, and educational lectures and demonstrations. Visit www.wallawallaquiltfestival.org for details.

Helena Indian Summer Art Market
Sept. 22 – 23, Helena, Mont.
In the hands of gifted and talented artisans come works that speak to the ancient civilization of modern American Indian influences. This event will feature American Indian artists, clothing designers, silversmith jewelers, live music, demos, and more at Caroll College. A reception will be held on Friday evening to meet the artists and designers. For more information call 406-449-0318 or visit www.wakinasky.org.

La Conner Quilt Festival
Sept. 22 – 23, La Conner, Wash.
With displays of amazing quilts, workshops, raffles and more. Go to www.laconnerquilts.com for details.

Street Painting Festival
Sept. 22 – 24, Prosser, Wash.
Featured artists from around the state join together, with chalk in hand, to transform the streets into a palette and paint the town. Watch the artists in action and browse through the many art booths. Kids can paint their own masterpiece for a $5.00 fee. For details call 509-786-3177 or visit www.prosserchamber.org.

The Artists’ Almost Perfect Sale
Sept. 29 – Oct. 1,
Bainbridge, Wash.
Everybody cleans up! Art buyers get the paintings, vases, bowls, bracelets, and photographs they’ve been waiting for. Go to www.bainbridgeartsandcrafts.org for more.

RED HOT
Sept. 30, Tacoma, Wash.
Recapture the wild romance of the Roaring Twenties at RED HOT in Tacoma’s Museum of Glass. Featuring live and silent art auctions, cocktails and cuisine, a Hot Shop floor show and all that jazz. Don’t forget your dancing shoes! For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Vera Hunter at 253-284-4708 or vhunter@museumofglass.org, or visit www.museumofglass.org.