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2017 festival hopes to double last year's donation to Wilsonville and Canby high schools

SUBMITTED PHOTO - This years featured artist, Bill Marlieb, will be on hand at the champagne reception to speak about his latest paintings.

The Charbonneau Arts Festival is back for its 34th year. Housed at the Charbonneau Country Club, proceeds from the festival will benefit art programs at Wilsonville and Canby high schools.

Starting Friday, Nov. 3, with a champagne gala, artists' reception and silent auction fundraiser, the 3-day festival includes a gallery of Canby and Wilsonville high school's student work, a gallery composed of about 30 professional and amature artists and photographers, and an artisan makers' faire. Although the champagne gala is a ticketed event, the festival is free over the weekend.

"In the last generation, there's been quite a diminishment of art programs' funding and that's where we're trying to fill in," said Eric Hoem, president of the Charbonneau Arts Festival. "We're in Wilsonville but the students in Charbonneau go to Canby, which is why we benefit both schools."

Last year, the festival donated $1,000 to each school. This year, Hoem hopes to double that amount with help from the festival's new sponsors. Although the festival has always been a nonprofit fundraiser for local causes, 2017 is the first year that the festival will officially be designated as a tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

"This year we have sponsorship of nearly $3,000 from local businesses, so we're really off to a good start," Hoem said. "That's probably three times what we had last year. As we've gotten the 501(c)(3) and we have more people involved and getting our story out, we're getting more of a response from the community."

This year's featured artist, Bill Marlieb, will be on hand at the champagne reception to speak about his latest paintings. A 20-plus year Charbonneau resident, Marlieb is no stranger to the

commercial and fine arts world, having had a career in publishing stretching back more than three decades. Now retired, he has turned his attention to creating his own work.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Charbonneau Arts Festival and Champagne Gala

WHEN: Nov. 3-5

WHERE: Charbonneau Country Club, 32000 S.W. Charbonneau Drive

ADMISSION TO THE GALA: $10 in advance online at charbonneauarts.org or $15 at the door