The Artisan’s Village at the Oregon State Fair is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Located on the northwest corner of the Fairgrounds at the intersection of 17th and Silverton Road, it is a unique experience within the State Fair. For the past six years the Friends of the Visual Arts, have produced this excellent family attraction featuring over 20 demonstrating artists, live music, tasty treats and local non-profits. Crowd favorites such as the Local 503 glass blowers, Dan Whited’s mastery of chainsaw carving or firing a piece of “Raku” pottery are just some of the demonstrations that you will see. Visit www.WillametteArtCenter.com//news/artvillage.html for more information and the music stage schedule.
The Friends of the Visual Arts are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who manage the Willamette Art Center, Salem’s Community Arts Center offering hands on art activities and classes for children and adults year round. Fall classes start in September and other popular events to check out are the Family Clay Sunday program, and their “Empty Bowls” benefit sale for Marion Polk Food Share coming in November. Visit www.willametteartcenter.com for more info.