Coupeville Arts Festival is this weekend
June 25, 2008 · Updated 2:02 PM
"Festival scheduleVendors will be on the streets of Coupeville from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., today, Aug. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12.An art gallery preview and wine tasting will be held on Friday, Aug. 10, 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Coupeville Recreation Hall on Coveland and Alexander; $10 advance, $14 at the door. The art gallery will be open Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EntertainmentSaturday, Aug. 11: 11 a.m., D & B Jazz Trio.; 12 p.m., Whidbey Island Marimba Band; 2:15 p.m., Square Dance Club; 3 p.m., TBA; 4:30, Beverly Graham.Sunday, Aug. 12: 11 a.m., Aloha Dancers; 12 p.m, Filucy Hootchie Kootchie Band; 2 p.m., Shifty Sailors; 4:30 p.m., Janie Cribbs Band.Coupeville Festival refines venue for 2001 eventThis year's Arts and Crafts Festival in Coupeville will be a bit different from previous years. Don't worry - vendors will still fill the streets with art and other handmade crafts. The festival on Aug. 11 and 12 will simply be a bit more compact, explained publicity chairman M. Denis Hill. Before, food vendors and kids' activities were in Town Park. That was good if it was hot. But it was bad because you had to hike up the hill. We've moved food and kids' activities to a lot that's behind the library and behind the post office. In the children's area, kids can use their imaginations to create their own works of art. While many parents want their children to keep their hands to themselves, this spot is ideal for kids to spend some time creating. Crafts made here might be picture frames, garlands or decorative wands. At a creation station, kids can make artistic treasures from a grab bag of materials.Artists in Action will let you take a closer look at works of art in process as artists demonstrate techniques and tools. The artists include Joseph Albert III, woodcarver; Gordon Anderson, glassblower; Bob Babcock, woodcarver; Chad Heiserman, artistic blacksmith; Roger Leonhardi, wildfowl carver; Sue Martell, tatted lacemaker; Dan McCutcheon, woodcarver; Marge Newell, woodcarver; Jim Simpson, portrait artist; Sheila Stump, collage artist; Flo Simenson, ceramicist; Dick Weber, woodcarver; and Pete Wolf, potter.Winners in the juried section for fine arts will receive cash awards this year. The cash awards to the winners emphasize the importance of the Juried Gallery to the Festival, said Carol Steele of the gallery committee. The fine art works in the gallery are equally important to the event. The gallery works are all for sale, so this is an opportunity to purchase art from artists who can't participate with booths.This year, 200 vendors will be showing their creations of pottery, jewelry, photography, sculpture, metalwork, blown glass, paintings, leather goods, musical instruments and hand-crafted furniture. The festival requires that all artists be at their sites and must sell items they make themselves. That way festival-goers can get to know who made what. Finally, numerous food vendors will serve shaved ices, Asian and Greek foods and popcorn along with festival mainstays of cotton candy, ice cream, caramel apples, lemonade, hot dogs, burgers and curly fries. "