Coming to a park near you — Oregon artists (2013)
Everyone knows state parks are great spots for camping, hiking and picnicking, but during the month of June, they’ll also be places to appreciate traditional art. Over the next four Saturdays, Oregon artists will present their crafts at five state parks—folk singing, fly-tying, Kalapuya storytelling, and basket and fiber weaving. Each artist will be joined by a folklorist who will offer a cross-cultural perspective on the techniques displayed.
Art in the Parks is a collaborative project of OPRD, the University of Oregon’s Oregon Folklife Network (OFN), the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission to bring people and traditional artists together in nature. And really, could there be a more scenic setting for celebrating Oregon’s cultural heritage than a state park in June?
The featured presentations are:
- “The Roots of American Folk Music” — by singer Mark Ross and folklorist Emily West, in collaboration with the Salem Art Association. Ross will perform old-time music on banjo, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments and provide an entertaining look at the history of folk music in Oregon. June 8, 2-4 p.m. at Silver Falls State Park.
- “The Art of Fly-Tying” — by fly fisher and fly-tyer Sherry Steele and folklorist Riki Saltzman, in collaboration with the Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford. Steele will discuss fly-tying’s significance in Oregon fishing traditions and folk art and showcase the many types of materials used to make flies. Attendees can try tying their own fly with provided supplies. June 15, 10 a.m.-noon and 7-9 p.m. at Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area.
- “Traditional Karuk Basket Weaving” — by weaver Wilverna Reece and folklorist Emily West, in collaboration with Arts Central of Bend. Reece will explain the intricacies of gathering materials for Karuk baskets and demonstrate traditional weaving techniques. June 15, 10 a.m.-noon at Smith Rock State Park.
- “Artistry Traditions of the Wasco and Klamath Cultures” — by fiber artist Pat Courtney Gold and folklorist Riki Saltzman, in collaboration with the Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls. Gold will demonstrate how she makes Wasco “Sally Bags,” functional and decorative art objects made with local grasses or fibers, and explain the significance of motifs in Wasco and Klamath weaving. June 22, 10 a.m.-noon at Collier State Park.
- “Traditional Kalapuya Storytelling” — by storyteller Esther Stutzman and folklorist Lyle Murphy, in collaboration with the Lane Arts Council in Eugene. Stutzman’s interactive style will engage young and old as she performs stories from Kalapuya oral histories. June 29, 7-9 p.m, at Fall Creek State Recreation Area’s Cascara Campground.
All of the presentations are free, and all ages are welcome. One-time day-use parking permits at Silver Falls State Park and Smith Rock State Park cost $5.
For more information about Art in the Parks events and the artists, visit the Oregon Folklife Network’s website.