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Wilsonville Festival of Arts is in danger


Since 1999, Wilsonville has enjoyed a well-attended and ever-growing Wilsonville Festival of Arts( WFoA ) sponsored by the Wilsonville Arts and Culture Council. However, despite the fact that the festival is well-funded and very well-organized, this wonderful tradition will end this year unless volunteers come forward to serve in several critical positions.

Our longtime leader must retire due to health concerns, while our hardworking organizer, Kate Atkins, must step down due to the passing of her husband. The art festival’s founder, Christopher Shotola-Hardt, has been awarded the distinguished honor of becoming president of the Oregon Art Education Association, and still will be the coordinator for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District student art pavilion at the WFoA.

The Wilsonville Festival of Arts is important to our community because it brings together citizens of all ages and offers valuable opportunities for the youth of our city to display their artwork and receive the recognition which promotes self-esteem, a sense of accomplishment and a connection to the community.

Ideas have been brainstormed for having a new art contest for residents of all ages. Monetary prizes would be available for juried art work. But in order to initiate this new art activity, more volunteers are needed.

It would be regrettable for our city to lose this important event. You can prevent this from happening by volunteering today. If you have leadership or organizational skills, a passion for the arts or simply a desire to see the festival continue, please step forward. Help our city by saving the Wilsonville Festival of Arts.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Theonie Gilmore at 503-638-6933 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lindsey Collins is Wilsonville Festival of Arts hospitality coordinator, and Theonie Gilmore is Wilsonville Arts and Culture Council executive director.