Aberdeen Artwalk and celebration this weekend


The 15th Annual Aberdeen Artwalk and Celebration is billed as “28 Hours of Fun” this weekend from Friday evening through Sunday. Art, music, dance, family events, a shopping “passport,” vintage car show and disc (Frisbee) golf are all scheduled.

The events are essentially free to the public, with the exception of registration fees for the Fun Run. Parking is also free. and will be well marked, said Cathy Williams, who is chairman of Artwalk for the Aberdeen Revitalization Movement, the non-profit civic group that organizes the festivities.

An artist’s reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Moore’s Fine Furniture at the corner of Broadway and Wishkah Street kicks off the event which segues into a street dance at 8 p.m. with music by the popular, local country band Humptulips, also on Broadway.

Williams said she loved seeing grandparents alongside little kids at last year’s Artwalk and is looking forward to her grandson’s first year at the festivities. Williams, who actually lives in Hoquiam, is branch manager for Bank of the Pacific in Aberdeen. She has lived in the community for 20 years and has six children. “The Harbor’s my home,” said the Oregon native.

Saturday brings the Fun Run back for a second time. There is a choice of a 2-mile run or a 5-kilometer walk and/or run. Both start at the intersection of State Street and Broadway. Registration is at 8 a.m., the race follows at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $15, only $10 for those who don’t want a T shirt. Families with strollers are welcome, she said.

Artwork by Harbor artists will be displayed along Broadway and in stores; the Artwalk goes from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Kaufman Scroggs on Heron St. hosts an exhibit of work by budding artists under 18 years of age, Williams said.

Family activities include: coloring, spin art in which paint emerges spinning from a device to make a picture, and a “junk food walk.” Local acts such as Harmony, trumpeter Jalen Terry, River of Life Dance Troop, Circle of Sisters Belly Dancers and Vaughn Johannes will perform from a stage near Pizza Hut on Wishkah St.

The Joe Ty Band will play for a vintage car show by Grays Harbor Midnight Cruizers. Around 200 cars will be in the “show and shine” and includes classic, custom, muscle, special interest cars, and “rat rods,” noted organizer Bill Jenkins in an email.

This year a shopping passport can be picked up at any participating merchant or booth, Williams said. The idea is to get the passport stamped by participating merchants and return it to the information booth on Broadway. The passport will then be entered in a raffle for prizes.

Sunday brings disc, or Frisbee golf at Sam Benn Park.

Cost of the event, including in-kind donations, is more than $20,000, Williams noted. It is funded by sponsors, donations, and a grant from the city. Artists are charged $20 each, merchants pay $40 to participate, Williams said. Sponsorship ranges from $250 to $1,000, according to the website, www.aberdeenartwalk.com.

Though her bank duties expanded recently, Williams signed up for another year because she wanted to finish what she started last year, including a better website.

“We had a lot of fun with (design) of the poster,” she said. The photograph of an alley by Ed Schroll won a contest for the poster and was designed by Mery Swanson and Gary Douglas Lennon. Posters and T shirts with the image are for sale.

Artists and art groups involved as of July 20 include:Harbor Art Guild, Noelle Krieker, Bayley Kessler, Bev King Lufkin, Carolyn Kramer, Steven Swindell, Linda Parisi, Jim Beauvais, Anita Thompson, Jupiter Station, RP Meyers, Orbital Easel, Ken Hurley. Brandi Smith, Daniel Brown, Lynn Cole, Patty Dennis, Rick Moyer, Gloria Reynolds, Sparkle (Carolyn Anderson), Louis Dassow, Dorie and Frank Moses, Ben Wollens, Laurie Barr and Margaret Sherwood.

Several dining establishments signed up: the newly opened Wine Sellars, Breakwater Seafood & Chowder House, Billy’s, and the about to open Rediviva.

Participating merchants or participants in the “passport” promotion include Aberdeen Timberland Library, Frames n’ Things, Past & Present Mercantile, Rosevear’s Music Center, Country Closet, Flowers by Pollen, Harbor Shoes, Selmer’s Home Furnishings, the Furniture Store, Kaufman Scroggs, Quilt Harbor, Wiitamaki’s, Javier’s International Barber Shop, Waugh’s Men’s Clothes, Servpro and The Shirt House, The Daily World and local radio stations.

For the latest information, head to the website, www.aberdeenartwalk.com.