DATE: 10/1/07


ASHFORD AT MT. RAINIER, Wash. — The Ashford Valley will celebrate Art Inspired by The Mountain with its first annual Rainier Arts Festival, October 5, 6 and 7, 2007. Showcasing the rich and refined talents of over 50 artists in the region, the festival will take place in Ashford, in the foothills of Mt. Rainier.< /p>

An art show at the Rainier Overland will be the centerpiece of the festival, while free artist workshops, art demonstrations, a great line up of music and stage performances, food, and more will add to what is billed to be a revival of art festivals of yesteryear.< /p>

Artists selected for this year’s show include painter Fred Oldfield, photographer Joe Dreimiller, sculptor Dan Klennert and others. Ashford Creek Pottery will also be showcased. Additional art mediums represented will be glass, scrimshaw and engraving, jewelry, and fiber.< /p>

Art workshops will include wet-on-wet landscape painting with Bill Carnahan, Raku firing techniques with Dana Larson, digital photography with Bob Klavano, as well as ‘Photography for Beginners’ with Joe Dreimiller. Woodcarving, felting, photography and more will be shared and demonstrated.< /p>

In addition to fine artists, an exciting line up of musical talent will offer live entertainment at the Nisqually Lodge Soundstage. Performers will include the American Balladeers, Sammy Barrett, Boys of the Greenwood Glen, The Chymes of Freedom, First Priority, Retro Wranglers, and Rockin HW. Performances are scheduled daily from mid-morning through early evening.< /p>

While viewing and shopping for high quality art, attendees will be supporting a good cause – most notably, the Eatonville chapter of Dollars For Scholars.< /p>

Free to the public, the Rainier Arts Festival will run from 10AM through 7PM, each day. The Rainier Overland is located at 31811 State Route 706 East. For a more complete line up of artists, performers, workshops as well as other scheduled events, please access Rainier Arts Festival< /a>. < ?=$gigo->img( images /icon_externalURL.gif )?>< /p>

A gorgeous fall color destination, Ashford and the surrounding communities of Elbe and Mineral offer great places to sleep, shop and eat, in the heart of the Nisqually River Valley. Rustic cabins, romantic hide-a-ways and family-friendly lodging line the approach to the Paradise entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, while the mountain’s 14,411-foot snowy summit provides a spectacular backdrop. Convenient to the Puget Sound and Portland, the entire Mt. Rainier region offers world-class recreation and vacation opportunities in secluded alpine settings, year round. For destination information, please access VisitRainier.com.< /p>