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Sternwheeler Days To Showcase Fine Art, Traditional Crafts

Annual event planned for June 25-27

As a tribute to the many talented artisans and craftsmen of the Northwest, Sternwheeler Days will showcase solely hand made, quality art during the 2004 Sternwheeler Days Festival.

Artisans from the Gorge as well as from the entire Northwest will be displaying their works June 25-27 at the Port Marine Park in Cascade Locks

Visitors are invited to stroll through over 30 booths of pottery, watercolor paintings, photography, rustic furniture, lavender potions and much more.

This is a year of change for Sternwheeler Days. "We have decided to make the bold move to invite only artists who hand make their craft", says Event Chairman, Phil Redlock. "There will be no commercial vendors at the festival this year. There are so many talented individuals in the Northwest. It makes sense to feature them at our Cascade Locks event."

Visitors will be able to capture first hand the brilliance of the Columbia River Gorge by viewing the fine art and traditional crafts created by these local Gorge artists as well as many others.

Sally B. Bailey, of Mt. Hood, Ore., will be displaying her colorful watercolor and acrylic paintings that reflect the splendor of the Columbia Gorge. Paintings of Mt. Hood, wildflowers, pears, orchards and mountain landscapes all demonstrate her expressive love of color. Bailey is an award-winning member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. Her paintings are exhibited at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River and at the Portland Art Museum Rental Gallery.

Darryl Lloyd of Hood River, Ore., has photographed the natural world for more than 40 years. He produces stunningly beautiful, archival color photos at very affordable prices. At Sternwheeler Days, his booth will be filled with images of nearby volcanoes, sweeping Columbia Gorge vistas, wildflowers galore, unusual cloud formations, once-in-a-lifetime shots (eruption, comet, etc.) and cultural landscapes. Lloyd's work is exhibited at many galleries in the Gorge.

Visitors will enjoy the unique furniture and decorations from Trapper Creek Rustics. Designer, John Schultz of Trout Lake, creates items which reflect the North Woods or lodge style of the old great camps. His rustic style blends well with the current spirit of the Northwest. Schultz strives to create a connection with nature by using unique pieces of natural materials to produce furniture and decorations for the home.

The soothing aroma of organic lavender products created by Hood River Lavender Farms will compel festival participants to relax. According to owner Joel Orcutt, lavender is the most prescribed herb for tension, anxiety, insomnia, stress, and irritability. Hood River Lavender Farms grows over 3,000 plants of more than 30 varieties. Their products include bath and body items, home decor and gifts, aromatherapy products, organic perfume, teas, lavender filled plush bears, lavender wreaths and sachets, and bundles of aromatic lavender.

Artisan vendor booths will be open to the public during Sternwheeler Days on Friday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the quality art and craftsmanship on display and for sale, Sternwheeler Days offers fun for the whole family. From regional food, games and activities for children, cruises on the Sternwheeler, Columbia Gorge, bingo and live music, there will be plenty of entertainment to fill a weekend. For more information visit www.cascadelocks.net.

Sternwheeler Days Festival was founded by the Columbia Gorge Lions Club in 1975 and this year will celebrate its 29th year. The festival is the Lions Club's primary event to raise funds for community organizations.

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