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Arts to spice up Centennial

This sketch by artist Richard Burhans shows artists in action at The Arts in Festival Hall and its “Toulouse Lautrec Cafe,” being planned as part of the centennial Festival at Mount Si celebration. - Courtesy image
This sketch by artist Richard Burhans shows artists in action at The Arts in Festival Hall and its “Toulouse Lautrec Cafe,” being planned as part of the centennial Festival at Mount Si celebration.
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Artists of every stripe are being sought by members of the Festival at Mount Si arts committee, as they ramp up for a major celebration of the arts during North Bend’s Centennial.

During the Festival at Mount Si, slated for Aug. 7 to 9, “The Arts in Festival Hall” will fill the Si View gymnasium with art, opening an 80-seat “Toulouse Lautrec Cafe” with a 40-foot coffeehouse mural. Visitors can see artists at work in the cafe; see oil and water color painting, cross-stitch, weaving, tie-die and pot-throwing demonstrations; grab a costume and pose for an artists’ sketch; view quilts by the North Bend Quilting Club; and check out the Valley Center Stage players live on the Si View stage. Can-Can music will play, and the cafe and players will be dressed in costumes from circa 100 years ago.

“The Arts in Festival Hall will be a first,” said Dick Burhans, Arts Festival committee member. “This will not be a typical static art show, but one where the festival-goer can view the arts and crafts, and see actual artists and craftsmen at work.”

“We are calling on the entire Snoqualmie Valley to participate,” he added. “We’d like artists from any and all disciplines who will show their work, man an easel and sketch live models in Festival Hall.”

The Festival committee is seeking men and women who work in glass, jewelry, pottery, weaving and other arts.

Also needed is anyone with an interest in costuming, makeup, working with actors from the Valley Center Stage, entertainment and music. People are needed to help build the artists’ and craft displays, organize publicity events and displays, or work with the committee.

People who want to participate should contact the group right away, Burhans said — work is already underway.

“Festival Hall will be a gorgeous room, with a decorated coffee house to entertain people who enjoy the arts,” Burhans said.

For artists, the festival will be a great place to make contacts and have one-on-one conversations with patrons, he added.

Although the Festival will celebrate North Bend’s Centennial, Burhans’ hope is that the creation of the art show and organization of the hall will launch an annual Valley-wide event.

For Burhans, the goal of Festival Hall is to build appreciation of the arts in the Valley, and the discipline required by artists for their work. He expects it to be a rich, family experience covering several generations.

• To be a part of The Arts in Festival Hall, e-mail to Richard and Sallie Burhans at arts@festivalatmtsi.org, and describe your area of interest.

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