On Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20, 2017, artists gathered for the annual Creative Arts Festival in Chelan. Vendors set up their booths at Riverwalk Park, which varied in all forms of the creative arts. The Creative Arts Festival was a two-day event that brought out all all ages to enjoy, experience and participate in the arts.
Arts Council President Ronna Currier previously had stated, “It promises fun for the entire family. Guests will enjoy fine arts and crafts by juried artists.”
The festival delivered on it’s promises as guests mingled amidst the booths of paintings, home goods, clothing, jewelry, soaps and lotions, re-purposed furniture, and so much more. The kids were also able to participate and experience the creative arts weekend.
Based in Yakima, Tiffany Hein, owner of Whimsical Details participated in the festival for the first time. “It’s beautiful here. Lovely costumers and a good turnout. It’s been wonderful,” Hein said.
Hein is a big collector, and 80% of her items are recycled. She says she gets inspired by her surroundings and allows her pieces to lead her towards their new purpose. Hein said that she planned to return to the Lake Chelan Creative Arts Festival next year.
Another first time vendor at the festival was The Freckled Fox and Hungry Hen from Everett, Washington. Their booth included repurposed, retro and vintage treasures. Owners Megan and Asa Ellis also included various items that are kitchen inspired.
“We just jumped in and so far, so good,” Asa Ellis said. “It’s been fun and it’s been receptive. This is our first time here and it’s awesome, awesome people and awesome weather.”
Jessica Wright, owner of My Anchored Grace, was also a first time vendor in the festival. She started out by selling her homemade jewelry at a high school craft fair and found that what once just started out as a hobby, would soon turn into a full-time job.
“It kind of just started out as doing little high school craft shows to now traveling all over the state and out of state,” Wright said. “I do bigger shows and I have an online store. Now I have three girls that work for me doing other shows for me, while I’m doing shows. It’s expanded and I just feel like God keeps opening up these doors and opportunities.”
Jessica stated that she makes jewelry to inspire and encourage people. She emphasized that it’s also a way to empower women. “If maybe the only thing that you do is wear a necklace that tells you how strong and beautiful you are and then slowly you’ll begin to believe that about yourself, then I’m very blessed to be the on who made that necklace,” Jessica said.
Overall, organizers of the 2017 Creative Arts Festival considered it a success, as creative artists got to share their talents with the Lake Chelan community all weekend long.
(By Stephanie Quiroz)