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After a one-year layoff due to the pandemic, organizers say the popular event will be bigger and better than ever.

COURTESY PHOTO: CCC - More than 150 artists are expected to show their work at the Plein Art Art Show during the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival July 10-11 at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg.

Organizers of the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival and Plein Air Art Show say it will return to Newberg bigger and better than ever this year.

The annual event was relegated to an online version in 2020 due to the pandemic, but will return in person from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

"This regional celebration of lavender, art, food and exceptionally-made crafts is a unique and festive event which brings local lavender growers and the community together," a release from the CCC said.

This year, according to the release, attendees can expect more juried arts and crafts booths than in years past, as well as fresh-cut lavender and plants, lavender-related products, the art show and other myriad uses for the versatile plant. Food trucks are expected to provide tasty fare, including lavender-infused dishes and beverages.COURTESY PHOTO: CCC - Artists from throughout the region will take to the fields in the weeks leading up to the festival to create art.

More than 150 artists will display original paintings that were created outdoors during the Oregon Lavender Paint Out, which takes place at lavender fields throughout the area in the weeks leading up to the event. The show typically attracts both amateur and professional artists from the Northwest and beyond, organizers said.

The aim of the festival is simple, they added: "The Willamette Valley Lavender Festival … helps promote and share the benefits of lavender and the beauty of art while supporting many artists and small businesses in the process. The plein air art show is an amazing venue for plein air artists of all skill levels to explore the lavender farms of the region and produce, share and sell their work."

The event is sponsored by Durant at Red Ridge Farms, Academy Mortgage Corp., Wayward Winds Lavender Farm and Art Elements Gallery.

For more information, visit www.chelalemculturalcenter.org/lavender, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 503-487-6883 or visit the festival on Facebook at @WillametteValleyLavenderFestival or Instagram at @chehalemculturalcenter.

History

The festival began as the Yamhill Lavender Festival in 2005, when several Yamhill-area lavender farmers decided to plan a small event in that city as a local fundraiser.

That turned into an annual tradition that continued growing from a few booths to a city block to the nearby Beulah City Park in Yamhill and then finally moving to the Chehalem Cultural Center in 2015. It has been held there ever since.


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