The Bellevue Arts Fair celebrates its 65th year! It takes place during the last weekend of July typically and this weekend is it! July 29-31, 2011. So, there are two days left! It is ranked among the top 100 fairs in the United States and currently known as the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) Arts Fair. This event brings artists from all over the country, offering a variety of high quality goods. The BAM offers free admission during this three-day event. The fair is made of three separate sections – the BAM Arts Fair section at Bellevue Square, Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair, and Bellevue’s Festival of the Arts. There is live entertainment, a demonstration stage and check out the Chalk Mural and/or show off your own artistic side by “chalking” it on NE 6th Street. Concessions are here too…support your local rotary or kiwanis or try the renowned burger from Skillet…it won’t disappoint! (although mine was a bit undercooked for my liking).
Some of my favorites this year are:
- Marcio Diaz – beautiful spectrum of color and his “bubblism” – http://www.artxchange.org/
- Richard Curtner – great use of words and texture – http://curtnerart.com/
- Mike Behr Photography – nice use of the canvas print within a frame – http://www.mikebehrphotography.com/
- William VanScoy – museum quality landscape – http://www.vanscoyphotography.com/
- Greg Klassen – check out the wood table/desk – http://gregklassen.com/
- Elijah Burnett – wrought iron pieces for the home and garden – http://burnettforge.net/
- Unique Art Glass – http://www.uniqueartglass.com/galleries
- Wooden Apple Woodturning (Eugene, OR) – I purchased an “organic” plate/bowl made from cherry wood
- Desert Steel – steel scuptures of cactus, desert plant life…very cool – http://www.desertsteel.net/
- and Spring Designs – beautiful, unique vases/glass sculptures that might display seashells, flowers, or even a live fish
Note to those wanting to bring pets…I love them but crowds of this magnitude make it unsafe for our pooches. We are concentrating at looking at the art and not what is directly beneath us. I happened to hear a poor little guy yelping away as his paw was most likely broken.
Enjoy the art, enjoy the sun, enjoy your friends or family! A great event for a get-together!