Falling for arts in the park
A few dozen painted and costumed trout were on display in Troutdale's Glenn Otto Community Park during a weekend dedicated to the arts.
Made with recycled materials, community members and local artists have been painting the fish throughout the summer for a fun competition to promote artistic endeavors and raise money for charity.
"There is so much creativity and imagination with the painted fish — it's way beyond what we expected," said Martha Denham, a Troutdale artist who helped organize the trout painting.
The "community art trout" project began at McMenamins' Crackedpots Reuse Art Show and concluded during the fifth annual Troutdale Fall Festival of the Arts with a community vote.
The Fall Festival of the Arts, which took place all day Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, showcased the works of 60 local artisans across a variety of mediums in the park at 1106 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. There were sculptures, paintings, photography, woodwork, jewelry, clothing, and more. The event also had lots of food and drinks from local vendors, a children's arts zone, a silent auction, and live music from Steve Hale, Eric Johnson, the Julie McCarl Trio, Dale Miller and Swingali.
The festival's Artist of the Year was Donna Erwin, who has been a staple of the community for more than 20 years with the Columbia River Gallery, 303 E. Columbia River Highway.
A portion of proceeds from the art, food and drink sales supported the Alzheimer's Association.
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