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Taste of Summer: Jacksonville PResents Plenty for Arts & Culture Lovers today from 11 - 4!

Begin with lots of art & activities on the lawn of Jville's historic courthouse!

Begin with lots of art & activities on the lawn of Jville’s historic courthouse!

 

 

Anne Brooke, founder of the Art Presence Art Center, is setting up tables on the lawn in front of the gallery where kids can play with different mediums to whet a personal taste for creating art. Kids who complete a work of art get a free ride on the Jacksonville trolley! The gallery’s current exhibition is a beautiful show of member works called “Coastal, By-the-Sea” with – you guessed it – a seashore theme. There will be additional children’s games & activities, face painting, Wildlife Images and much more!

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"Nautilus," handpainted silk wall hanging by Judy Elliott on display at Art Presence

“Nautilus,” handpainted silk wall hanging by Judy Elliott on display at Art Presence

 

On the other side of the historic Jacksonville Courthouse, SOAR member Cathy Gallatin and her chalk artist compadres have begun the process of creating five chalk art masterpieces! We’ll post shots of their progress throughout the day…

Chalk artist Cathy Gallatin and Britt Festival staff member Sara King Cole setting up some shade for the day.

Chalk artist Cathy Gallatin and Britt Festival staff member Sara King Cole setting up some shade for the day.

 

We'll post shots of the progress of Cathy's chalk art piece throughout the day!

We’ll post shots of the progress of Cathy’s chalk art piece throughout the day!

Chalk artists setting up their grids early this morning.

Chalk artists setting up their grids early this morning.

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Cross the street to enjoy today’s specials at the C Street Bistro, a fabulous house smoked pork chile verde torta ($8) or a classic Caesar salad ($6). Chef Paul Becking, who earned his degree in art, was trained by culinary icon Julia Child and his pulled pork is the talk of the town! Take advantage of the great price on this special version today only and see a classic piece of metal sculpture by Jacksonville artist Cheryl D Garcia.

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If you're coming from the other side of town...

If you’re coming from the other side of town…

 

There will be live music on Third Street, where Art Presence and SOAR member Judy Elliott will be demonstrating the art of handpainting silk in her booth, filled with her handsewn kimonos and Happi coats (the hip-length version of a kimono). Also showing his beautiful black and white photography is Ron Moore. You can see more of her gorgeous silk wall hangings at the Art Presence Art Center.

Judy Elliott of Dragonfly Designs West shows her newest Kimono...

Judy Elliott of Dragonfly Designs West shows her newest Kimono…

One of the silk pieces Judy will be transforming into a wall hanging beofre our eyes today!

One of the silk pieces Judy will be transforming into a wall hanging beofre our eyes today!

Judy models her newest Happi Coat

Judy models her newest Happi Coat

 

There will also be live music on California Street next to Pico’s and on the Courthouse lawn throughout the day, and additional food vendors, including the Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brauhaus and Front Porch Barbeque.

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Walking across town, you can enjoy many beautiful antique and classic cars parked along California Street, Jacksonville’s main drag. Don’t forget to stop in to some of our wonderful retailers, including Willowcreek Gifts, now under the new ownership of Jo Parker.

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A few of the classic cars parked on California Street today

A few of the classic cars parked on California Street today

WillowCreek Gifts owner Jo parker welcomes you!

WillowCreek Gifts owner Jo parker welcomes you!

Once you’ve gotten to the other end of town, stop in at the GoodBean to cool off with a famous Jacksonville Thrill (or another of their lovely hot weather coffee and tea beverages) and see stunning forals in watercolor by Jacksonville artist Elaine Frenett, a watercolor piece by the artist who started the GoodBean’s art tradition 20 years ago, Wynn Pedersen, and another wall hanging by Judy Elliott called Tropical Splendor. The GoodBean, previous winner of the Best Coffee in Oregon competition, is sponsoring this years event, and the judges are in town for a practice session leading in to the June 22nd preliminary competition, also at their Jacksonville cafe.

 

Elaine Frenett's spectacular watercolor florals at the GoodBean

Elaine Frenett’s spectacular watercolor florals at the GoodBean

Tropical Splendor, by Judy Elliott, at the GoodBean

Tropical Splendor, by Judy Elliott, at the GoodBean

Best Coffee in Oregon judges at the GoodBean to do a practice tasting for the June 22 preliminaries, to be held  at the GoodBean

Best Coffee in Oregon judges at the GoodBean to do a practice tasting for the June 22 preliminaries, to be held at the GoodBean

From 11:30 – 2:30, enjoy some homemade strawberry shortcake, a Taste of Strawberries, and old-fashioned strawberry festival at the Jacksonville Presbyterian church.

The featured “taste” is a wine walk from 12-4 pm, where for $25 you can taste the finest offerings from local wineries at various businesses and locations around town. Participating wineries include 2Hawk Winery, Adit Public House, Belle Fiore Winery, Caprice Vineyards, Cliff Creek Cellars, Daisy Creek Vineyard, Dancin vineyards, Devitt Winery, EdenVale Winery, Grizzly peak Winery, LaBrasseur Vineyard, Ledger David, Pebblestone Cellars, Quady North Winery, Serra Vineyard, Soloro Vineyards, South Stage Cellars, Umpqua Tasting Room, Valley View Vineyards and Weisinger’s Winery.

So, join us in Jacksonville to enjoy a day of arts and culture as we celebrate a new season of the Britt Music Festival together!

Updates coming soon…have to get back out there and see how everyone’s art demonstrations are coming along!

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C Street Bistro, chockers full of happy patrons...

C Street Bistro, chockers full of happy patrons…

People getting the Wine Walk tickets...

People getting their Wine Walk tickets…

This time juggling with two partners...and a very good (and loud) band next to them. NIce work with many distractions in play...

This time juggling with two partners…and a very good (and loud) band next to them. NIce work with many distractions in play…

As always when Jacksonville hosts a citywide event, gussied up ladies are seen strolling around in their finery.

As always when Jacksonville hosts a citywide event, gussied up ladies are seen strolling around in their finery.

Our neighbor Josh juggles with a partner

Our neighbor Josh juggles with a partner

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Wow! Judy sure is making quick work of her lily pond scene...

Wow! Judy sure is making quick work of her lily pond scene…

Jaime Bryn's guitar is starting to take shape!

Jaime Bryn’s guitar is starting to take shape!

Taylor Conlin is painting kids with painted faces. Kids are having their faces painted right around the corner!

Taylor Conlin is painting kids with painted faces. Kids are having their faces painted right around the corner!

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Cathy Gallatin's piece is coming along fabulously!

Cathy Gallatin’s piece is coming along fabulously!

JN Garrett is making beautiful progress on her chalk piece, too...

JN Garrett is making beautiful progress on her chalk piece, too…

Laila Dzene's chlak art in progress, and looking great! They're having a little lunch break with food from C St. Bistro as we post these shots...

Laila Dzene’s chalk art in progress, and looking great! They’re having a little lunch break with food from C St. Bistro as we post these shots…

These young ladies rock the house!

These young ladies rock the house!

Kathleen Hoevet discusses her photography with visitors to the Art Presence Art Center gallery

Kathleen Hoevet discusses her photography with visitors to the Art Presence Art Center gallery

FREE TROLLEY RIDE FOR A BUNCH OF KIDS ALREADY!!

FREE TROLLEY RIDE FOR A BUNCH OF KIDS ALREADY!!

Anne Brooke encourages the kids trying their hand at watercolors.

Anne Brooke encourages the kids trying their hand at watercolors.

Fun with art! ...and balloons...but he didn't seem quite as excited about that as he did working on his creation...

Fun with art! …and balloons…but he didn’t seem quite as excited about that as he did working on his creation…

Art Presence member Randall Grealish and his lovely wife Tara watch their nephews making art...

Art Presence member Randall Grealish and his lovely wife Tara watch their nephews making art…

What could be better than kids making art and some finished pieces frying already?!

What could be better than kids making art on a summer afternoon with finished pieces drying already?!

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Judy finished these two incredible silk wall hanging today!

Judy finished these two incredible silk wall hangings today!

Looked like she might make a sale at the end of the day, too.

Looked like she might make a sale at the end of the day, too.

Laila's finished chalk art

Laila’s finished chalk art

Jennifer's finished chalk art - and can you believe this is her first chalk art?! Well done, Jen!

Jennifer’s (almost) finished chalk art – and can you believe this is her first?! Well done, Jen!

Cathy's larger piece looks great, but will take longer to complete. She's still working out there and it's 6:40. I hope she's got water...better go check on her when this live blog is done...

Cathy’s larger piece looks great, but will take longer to complete. She’s still working out there and it’s 6:40. I hope she’s got water…better go check on her when this live blog is done…

Taylor's finished chalk art

Taylor’s finished chalk art

Jaime's finished chalk art

Jaime touches up the border on her finished chalk art

Another portion of Cathy's chalk masterpiece in progress

Another portion of Cathy’s original chalk masterpiece in progress

 

Laila and Jennifer put the finishing touches on their pieces

Laila and Jennifer put the finishing touches on their pieces

7pm –

Laila's chalk art - finished and signed!

Laila’s Jacksonville scene with classic cars – finished and signed!

Jennifer's chalk art - finished and signed!

Jennifer’s finished portrait of Anne Brooke painting – finished and signed!

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Taylor's chalk art - finished and signed!

Taylor’s kids with faces painted – finished and signed!

 

Jaime's chalk art - finished and signed!

Jaime’s rockin’ guitar players – finished and signed! Jaime was hired by the Britt to do another piece of a saxophone at a later date when they saw this one – nice work, Jaime!

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Tired and well-roasted from working on a 96 degree day, Cathy is presses on to finish her centerpiece with Laila's help.

Tired and well-roasted from working on a 96 degree day, Cathy is presses on to finish her centerpiece with Laila’s help.

 

Late passers by stop to admire the finished work

Late passers by stop to admire the finished work

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Cathy puts the finishiing touches on the wine glasses and Laila paints the outlines for definition

Cathy puts the finishing touches on the wine glasses and Laila paints outlines for definition

It was hot, there was art, and wine, and summer dresses, and a lot of wonderful people in Jacksonville today. Everyone I spoke with had a great day. I hope you were one of them, but if you couldn’t make it this year, I hope you will come join us to celebrate the opening of the Britt Festival’s 2014 concert season! Signing off for tonight…

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Morning after update, with the largest piece of chalk art completed and signed…Click any image in the post to see a larger view – view this one first, and then stop at the courthouse to see all these lovley chalk art pieces before they’re gone!  Many thanks to the Britt Festival for this artistic addition to their opening celebration festivites – a fabulous taste of summer by Cathy Gallatin.

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A Taste of Summer, by Cathy Gallatin

A Taste of Summer, by Cathy Gallatin

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