As winter approaches, the 36th annual Charbonneau Arts Festival will give you plenty to brighten your weekend. Being held Friday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 3, each day will offer something different. Not only will attending be fun for you, all proceeds go to a very good cause. Proceeds are donated to the art education programs at Wilsonville and Canby high schools.
Friday evening, Nov. 1
The weekend starts Friday evening with a Gala Champagne Reception that fills the entire Country Club. As you enter, the lobby will be transformed into an exhibit area for our featured artist, Elaine Luneke, Charbonneau's watercolor teacher. Elaine plans to present her watercolors prominently in a "very clean fashion" for this critical first impression at the Arts Festival. Examples of her jewelry will be displayed as well. Elaine likes to use recycled materials in her jewelry creations and she gets stunning results.
The lounge area becomes a gallery of student art from the two high schools. Typically 40 or more students exhibit their work, which varies from paintings to giant papier-mâché masks. Student volunteers serve as docents here. One or two will be working on their art projects and will be happy to answer questions about their work. Every year, this part of our Arts Festival is a favorite.
Your next stop will be check-in for the Silent Auction being held in the Card Room. At the time of my writing, over $7,500 worth of items have been donated and I expect the total value to raise to $10,000 or more by the time all the donations come in and organizer Elaine Swyt puts it all together. On her list so far, I have seen wine tasting packages, a dozen pieces of fine art, a MacPro laptop computer, golfing packages, premium wine, restaurant gift cards and much more.
Moving into the dining room Friday evening, you will be served a glass of champagne and enjoy catered hors d'oeuvres. While mingling, Charbonneau pianist Marilyn Anderson will be playing the Country Club's baby grand for background entertainment.
Marilyn's repertoire includes jazzy tunes like "Summertime," show tunes such as "Over the Rainbow," popular pieces like "Memory" from Barry Manilow, and American classics such as "Shenandoah." All her choices are performed with elegant softness, so that sometimes your conversation will pause as you listen to Marilyn's playing.
In the fireplace room, a professional gallery has been set up for the weekend. On exhibit and for sale will be 100 works or more by both local and regional artists in a variety of mediums: oil painting, watercolor, collage and mixed media, stone sculpture, and fine galls art, to name just a few. The artists are too numerous to name here, but visit our website at www.charbonneauarts.org for information about all of them.
As you peruse the art, you will be able to vote for three People's Choice awards that will be announced at the end of the Gala.
Tickets for this opening night Gala Champagne Reception are on sale on our website and at the Windermere office next to our Country Club office. They are $10 in advance. Tickets are $15 at the door Friday evening.
Friday evening will come to a close when the Silent Auction closes and you pick up an item or two you purchased for a great price. Again, all proceeds go to support art education programs at Canby and Wilsonville high schools.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3
The enjoyment, however, is not over. You will want to return Saturday, Sunday or both. The student art exhibit and demonstrations continue as will the Fireplace Art Gallery. Overnight and in the early morning, volunteers have transformed the Dining and Card Rooms into an artisan show with 30 booths of handmade items. Here you can get a head start on holiday shopping, either your own decorations or gift purchases.
Many of the artisan vendors this year have shown in the Charbonneau Arts Festival before. Returning favorites include the glass artistry of Carlyne Lynch and the whimsical recycled metal art of Ann Elsenbach. Joining these two Charbonneau artists is Lux Sucre for your sweet tooth and former Charbonneau resident Pete Swan returns with a new book in his series of Portland-based detective novels. Also returning is the handmade jewelry of Lea McWhorter.
In addition, the artisan show will have ceramics, textiles, glass, leather, beautiful hand-made shoulder bags made from repurposed vintage Japanese Obi sashes, bonsai, paintings and prints, holiday ornaments, and so much more.
Wine tasting this year will be offered by Lady Hill Winery, a family-owned and award-winning winery located near Champoeg.
But wait, as they say, there's more! Live music will provide additional entertainment both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will feature two guitarists: Kevin Karrick and David Rowe.
Kevin prefers jazz and classical techniques because they allow him to create the harmonies that appeal to him. As a professional musician, he has played with local great Tom Grant as well as produced his own smooth jazz CD. For preview, his recordings are available at www.kevinkarrick.com. One of the surprises of last year's Charbonneau Arts Festival was the soft jazz guitar performances by Charbonneau resident David Rowe. David tries to capture the moods of popular songs from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. His repertoire includes influences of Brazilian styles as well as American rhythm and blues. On Sunday, Nov. 3, David will return for another two-hour set.
Joining David will be bassist Oren Sreebny of Salem. Oren's career spans during his early years in Bellingham, Wash. bands through a long stint living in Chicago, where he played regularly as a freelance jazz bassist. Now Oren enjoys accompanying local musicians.
As you plan your weekend, remember that the Charbonneau Art Festival is not only an entertaining event, it is also a fundraiser for local art education programs which is put on by an all-volunteer group dedicated to "Keep Art in Education."
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