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Art in the Parks: Celebrating Folk Art in Oregon with a Special Presentation of “The Art of Fly-Tying”

At Joseph Stewart Park Recreation Area on June 15th there will be a demonstration of “The Art of Fly-Tying,” by fly fisher and fly-tier Sherry Steele and folklorist Riki Saltzman, in collaboration with the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford. Steele will demonstrate fly-tying and discuss fly-tying’s significance in Oregon fishing traditions and folk art and also showcase the many types of materials used to make flies.

First Session 10AM-12 noon:

Kick start your family fun summer with tying your first fly and learning the basics of Fly Tying.

Welcome Kids and Adults that have still have the kid in us. All tools and materials will be provided.

Second Session 7PM-9PM:

This presentation will be about the history, cultural significance and traditions of the craft of fly tying – when, where and how it all started. Take close up look at the materials that create these fishing flies and classic art beauties. Learn how this art of fly tying can reach far into the lives of families that live and visit Oregon.

“Art in the Parks” is sponsored by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) along with the University of Oregon’s Oregon Folklife Network (OFN), the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Oregon Cultural Trust. “The program is a great opportunity to work with heritage and arts organizations to showcase cultural traditions in Oregon while also bringing people out to enjoy scenic state parks,” said Roger Roper, deputy state historic preservation officer with OPRD.

All events are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome—no registration is required. For more information about the Oregon Folklife Network, visit For directions to the parks, visit For more information on the Rogue Gallery & Art Center visit

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