Index festival celebrates art without the ‘snoot’

  • Thu Aug 5th, 2010 6:22pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

This is the seventh year in a row that you can visit that scenic enclave and artists’ hot spot known as the Index Arts Festival.

And as event coordinator Yvonne Lawson points out, this is an arts festival that is down to earth.

“We are folksy people. We are not snoots,” Lawson said with a laugh.

“It’s a spectacular country arts festival,” Lawson said. “There’s so much local talent and, my gosh, just the area itself lends an atmosphere of festivity, and the community is into making the festival a success and a showcase for the talent that we have.”

Some of that artistic talent includes potter Peter Olsen, who does functional platters and other pottery pieces; painter Patrick Woods and whimsical birdhouse maker Dean Shepherd.

Some of the live art demonstrations include Haida wood carver and artist Ralph Bennett.

This year’s festival poster features a painting by Index artist Karen Hultberg.

For family entertainment, Ron Swift and the Barnyard Buzzards Model Airplane Club will demonstrate their craft, along with booths featuring face painting and arts and crafts for the children and a climbing wall, Lawson said.

Music is an important aspect of the festival. This year marks the return of local musician Rib Horst and his band, Spare Rib and the Bluegrass Sauce, as the headliner. Other featured musicians will be Sea Star, Folkier Than Thou, Gene Anderson, Amy Thurner and Bahkti.

And for the cerebral types, local poet Sabrina will coordinate a poetry reading group.

The seventh annual Index Arts Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Index, one mile off U.S. 2 at milepost 38 on Index Galena Road. The festival is free.

The Midori Hoser Exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library contains the realistic style of artwork by Midori Hoser, who paints Pacific Northwest landscapes in oils, watercolors and pastels.

This award-winning local artist is largely self-taught, having taken a commercial art class at the Art Instruction School of Minnesota and supplementing her natural abilities with workshops.

Accepted into many juried arts shows, Hoser is a member of Gallery North, Seattle League of Art, Northwest Pastel Society and Seattle Co-Arts, according to a press release.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 31 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace.

New oil paintings by Jacob Kohn are on view at Rob Schouten Gallery in Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Whidbey Island through Sept. 1.

An opening reception for the exhibit is from 5 to 8 tonight during First Friday at Greenbank Farm. The artist will greet visitors. There will be refreshments and live music.

Kohn’s work is featured in many private and corporate collections with some major commissions done for the Seattle Aquarium, Children’s Hospital and a private mural for a castle in Madrona.

Also on Whidbey Island, visitors to the Brackenwood Gallery can see the landscapes and still life paintings of Pete Jordan.

An artist’s reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 302 First St., Langley.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424;