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Gresham Arts Festival fills downtown with creativity, fun, and plenty of art to explore

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gerald Jerry Klug, from Redmond and a member of the Central Oregon Woodturners, shows off his skills during the Gresham Arts Festival.Gresham's biggest annual event brought thousands into downtown to explore streets filled with amazing art.

The Gresham Arts Festival brought more than 150 carefully curated Northwest artisans — ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and much more.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The Gresham Arts Festival brought thousands into downtown Saturday, July 20, for a day filled with fun. The event took place Saturday, July 20, all throughout downtown, and was free to attend. In addition to the artists booths, there was also live music, cultural performances, the Gresham Farmers Market, games and food.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Ethan Davis, a sculpture who lives in Gresham, hosted a booth for the fifth year.Ethan Davis, a sculpture who lives in Gresham, hosted a booth for the fifth year. He sold colorful metal sculptures that captured the imagination, like ferocious dragons. Davis said that the Arts Festival is one of the most successful events he attends, though the best part is wandering the streets himself.

"One of my favorite things is to walk around and talk shop with all the amazing artists," Davis said.

Some of the things for sale included pottery, photography, bead work, watercolors, textiles, glass, wood, oil paintings, garden art, and recycled art. The event is also a fun way for people to meet the artists behind the work.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Talented break-dancers from across the west coast visited downtown Gresham to take part in the Breakin on Main contest.  During the festival, a breakdance competition was held in the afternoon. Breakin' on Main, presented by the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, brought more than a dozen talented break dance teams from around the west coast to perform.

At the far end of the festival was the Kids Village, held in the Gresham Arts Plaza, where children of all ages were able to enjoy a bevy of activities presented by various sponsors.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Adventurous children scaled a rock climbing wall in the Kids Village, dedicated to fun activities for youth at the Gresham Arts Festival.There was face painting, Disney princesses and superheroes, bounce houses, sports obstacles, Gresham Police officers handing out sticker badges and showing off their equipment, live music, a rock climbing wall, water slide, balloons and bubbles, and prizes earned by following treasure maps.

Artist Michelle Griffin, from Battleground, Wash., had a booth for the second time at the Arts Festival. She sold ornate birdhouses made from recycled wood and material, and cutout silhouette art.

"This is a great fit for me, because everyone is supportive and excited about the art," Griffin said.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Michelle Griffin was excited to host a booth for the second time at the Gresham Arts Festival.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - There was plenty of amazing artwork to discover during the festival.


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