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OUTLOOK PHOTO: ALEXANDRA WALLACHY - Gresham Arts Festival founder Judy Han is proud to have watched the event grow into Greshams largest single-day event of the year. This years festival featured balloon artists, above, as always, as well as a World Record-setting chalk art display. Wow! What a day the Gresham Arts Festival had. It was awesome.


Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mayor Shane Bemis and city of Gresham for continuing this legacy.

Fourteen years ago, an idea was born: To use the arts as a vehicle to bring people into our city and Historic Downtown Gresham.

Judy HanThe idea was to create a free annual outdoor public art gallery for one day that welcomes the community, celebrates artistic diversity and encourages support of local businesses.

Two years ago the Art Walk committee gifted the Gresham Art Walk to the city of Gresham. Through mentoring, the city has continued a legacy for our community, and they have done a great job.

It takes many hours of volunteer time to put on an event of this size.

Gresham is a melting pot of diversity. The Gresham Arts Festival continues to share our differences in a variety of ways.

We have artisans showing and selling their works, but we also have musicians and entertainers of all cultures sharing their uniqueness.

This year the city’s Youth Advisory Committee suggested “The Chalk of Fame” as a part of the festival. What an incredible idea leading to a Guinness World Record.

Community members were invited to participate, and it was great fun to see all ages get on their knees and fill in the squares. Both young and old — some sitting on stools, some kneeling on cushions — colored in their squares, like a coloring book when we were young.

They stayed on their knees even as the temperature rose. They stayed because they wanted to be a part of something special. This is what Gresham is all about.

With continued support from many local businesses, volunteers and the city of Gresham, the Gresham Arts Festival has been able to grow into a successful community art venue.

The festival has become a regional art event: The largest single-day event in our community, and the dollars brought into our area have been tremendous.

Many of the people visiting Gresham for the day come back throughout the year. Many are first time visitors to Gresham.

In order for this event to continue it needs support from all. There are many ways to support a community and this a good one.

The Gresham Arts Festival is always held on the third Saturday in July — put it on your calendar.

Thank you city of Gresham, sponsors, artists, volunteers for another successful event.

Judy Han is the founder of the original Gresham Art Walk.

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