Arts of the Mountain
WHAT: There will be displays of fine art, music and food at venues along Spirit Lake Highway (state Route 504) from Castle Rock to Mount St. Helens. There will be about 20 artists displaying their work in various media and styles.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 27-28.
WHERE: The locations are Silver Lake Grange, Mount St. Helens RV Park (formerly Silver Shores), Toutle Lake School Activities Center, Twosome Art Gallery, Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center, and the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater.
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HIGHLIGHTED ARTISTS: Among those in attendance will be watercolor painter Todd Cullings. He came to work a summer job at Mount St. Helens 28 years ago and has been exploring the changing landscape ever since. Joan Hitchcock of Beyond the Loop Creations will be showing her concrete and fiber creations. Mary Fortner has been a jewelry artist for more than 14 years. She works with beads and crystals. Photographer Rhonda Archer is a native of Minnesota but now calls Washington home.
OTHER WORKS: Also on display will be pine needle basketry, stained glass, Nordic style Santa Claus carvings, landscape, oil and acrylic paintings.
AT THE END: Once you’ve visited all the locations, continue to the end of the highway and check out the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Just 5 miles from the crater, it offers exhibits on the volcano and the 1980 eruption. There is an admission fee of $8 for people 16 and older.
INFORMATION: 360-274-6684, artsofthemountain.org.