Experience the local art of Charbonneau (yes, Charbonneau!)
To many, Charbonneau is known for its golf course, country club and senior-friendly environment. But resident Eric Hoem says the community in Wilsonville is also a hotbed for the arts.
"The people who are attracted to here often have an art background or have a strong interest in it," Hoem said.
And maybe the central event circled on the art community's calendar is the Charbonneau Arts Festival — despite its low profile outside the immediate area, now in its 36th year — which is put on by the Charbonneau Arts Association.
This year's festival will run Nov. 1 to Nov. 3 at Charbonneau Country Club and will feature displays from dozens of artists, artisans and students.
The purpose of the festival is to raise money for Wilsonville High School and Canby High School (which Charbonneau students attend) art programs.
The 2018 iteration raised $4,000 for each high school and Wilsonville High used it for the creation of space murals that were displayed at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. And Hoem said Canby High has used the money for cameras and other equipment.
Much of the money is raised through the reception and silent auction, which will take place Friday, Nov. 1.
"One of the things everyone has noticed is that the funding for art and other (extracurriculars) in high school has been going down. I think everyone recognizes that," said Hoem, who is the president of the arts association.
Hoem said about 900 people attended last year's festival but that the association has ramped up publicity to try to attract more people to this year's event.
"We really are hoping the publicity brings more people here. Charbonneau is kind of hard to find. It's not on everybody's radar," he said. "People see the sign Charbonneau but unless they've been here or have friends here they don't know what's in here. It's always a challenge."
The festival will likely include about 40 artists who will create as many as four pieces and Hoem has seen anything from acrylics to sculptures in previous years. Students and teachers from the two high schools will also be on hand to talk about their contributions to the student exhibit and demonstrate what they do.
"It gives the students a chance to demonstrate their art. The students see all the other things going on and hopefully that's inspirational for them," Hoem said.
This year's featured artist is Elaine Luneke, who teaches watercolor classes at Charbonneau Country Club.
"She does some extraordinary things with watercolor but another reason for inviting Elaine is she does one of a kind pieces of jewelry," Hoem said.
Local pianists and guitarists will perform throughout the weekend and the Champoeg-based Lady Hill Winery will provide wine. For more information about the festival, visit the Charbonneau Arts Festival website.
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