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Fall City Days | Live performers bring creative, unusual artworks

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Gentle 'apes' looking for recycling opportunities while interacting with passersby, the Trash Apes will return to Fall City Days as part of an Arts Extravaganza.
— image credit: Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record

Flag-waving signalers. Trash-handling apes. Do-it-yourself chalk artists. A man made of mirrors.

All these sights and more are there for the beholding during Fall City Arts’ annual Art Extravaganza, all day Saturday, June 18.

Street performers hit the main drag between the hours of 12:30 and 4 p.m.

Directly after the parade, visitors are welcome to witness the unveiling of the newly-painted Fall City mural, created by local students under the direction of artist Brian Major, at the corner of 335th and Redmond Fall-City Road.

The Fall City Days arts and entertainment lineup includes Andrew the Magician, Semaphore flag artist Amy-Ellen Trefsger, Craig Vinton the “MirrorMan,” Major and the Slow Walker, among others.

Chalk time

Look for Brian Major to create his works of ground-level fine art just outside the Art Park. This year, he is creating a community-oriented “chalk-by-numbers” piece, inviting everyone to help.

Majors has been a regular presence at past Fall City Days. He works in a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylics and pencils, and uses light and color to set a mood and bring his art to life.

Trash Apes

The Trash Apes show everyone just how easy it is to throw away trash. The apes (artists in costume, not real gorillas) will be roaming around downtown Fall City, picking up after the humans and interacting with them.

This project is meant to entertain as well as raise awareness of a number of issues within the human community. The apes are trained to recycle.

Mirror Man

Craig Vinton, a.k.a. “MirrorMan,” will make an appearance in his shiny, metallic suit. He rolls through festivals mounted on an oversize Segway, as small mirrors mounted all over his body catch the light.

A West Seattle-based entertainment vendor, Vinton created the identity for raves and parties. He put himself into a gyrotron, the spinning frame used to train astronauts.

“You become a six-foot-tall, shapechanging mirror ball,” said Vinton. “It’s really neat when the sun’s out. It throws beams on whole buildings.”

By the way, he’s not actually hot in the suit—it reflects everything. He rolls on a Segway because the mirrors might fall off if he hikes it.

As MirrorMan, Vinton never speaks.

“People have a lot of different variations of what they think it is,” he said. “I don’t tell them anything. It’s more fun to have them come up with their own interpretations.”

He’s amused by people’s reactions.

“I’m a reflection of you,” he said.

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