Annual Summer Celebration unites community members through art and music activities

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Spiral Gallery Artist Annette Reisbick creates giant bubbles while fellow artist Brenda Scott admires as she throws pottery at the Estacada Summer Celebration.

This past weekend, artists created giant bubbles and performers marched around on stilts. Painters added color to full-sized and miniature murals and children ran around a labyrinth and played with hula hoops, all while musicians played on a brightly colored stage.

The annual Estacada Summer Celebration took place Friday and Saturday, July 27-28. The festival brought a variety of artists and musicians to Broadway Street as members of the Estacada Artback painted their 2018 mural, "Celebration of Summer," on the Dollar General building.

The design highlighted the Summer Celebration tradition and featured the stage with performers, arts activity booths, labyrinth painting, giant handmade puppets and artists creating a mural.

"I love seeing the mural go up, and how all different people can work together and have so much fun," said Nolene Triska, one of the lead artists for "Celebration of Summer."

Along with mural painting, this year's festival brought several first-time vendors to the art fair on Broadway Street.

Maralee Gilbert of The Drunken Blonde's Workshop sold mixed media paintings and wood art.

"It's been a very good event. People have been really nice," she said. "We've been really busy."

Jackie Miles of Flowers Are Outside Photography also was at Summer Celebration for the first time. She learned about the gathering after it was recommended to her by a friend.

"I'm really loving it," she said. "There are good people to talk to. Everyone has been really friendly and nice."

Kandyse Whitney of Ready and Quilling, another first time artist, said she particularly appreciated the weather and the music.

"It's a fun festival," she said.ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada Artback members paint their 2018 mural project, Celebration of Summer, which is located on the Dollar General building at 416 Broadway St.

Artists at the Spiral Gallery's booth also enjoyed the day. Annette Reisbick created bubbles with a giant wand made from rope.

"I bought it a few years ago and took it with my grandkids to the beach. It was a blast," she said. "They had such a good time, I thought I'd do it down here."

Brenda Scott, another artist with the gallery, enjoyed taking in the sights and sounds of the celebration as she threw pottery.

"I love listening to the drumming, (watching) kids running around and watching Annette play with her bubbles," she said. "It's so colorful, and a nice crowd."ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A young artist at Summer Celebration focuses as she creates a new project.

The gathering also featured opportunities for children to create a variety of projects, including slime, bracelets, soap, musical instruments and bookmarks. Additionally, members of Circus Cascadia connected those interested with hula hoops and stilts.

"I enjoy socializing with the kids and their parents," said Shirley Burke, a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission who led young artists in creating bracelets. "You meet a lot of new people. Parks and Recreation always has a lot of fun."

Many agreed that the best part of Summer Celebration is its community-centric element.

"It's all about the people for me," Jerry Polzin said.

Debra Bufton appreciated the day's positive atmosphere.

"(It's) such a celebration of our community," said Debra Bufton. "So many people come by and say, 'I love this town.' It's a time to come out and express appreciation for all that our town offers."

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