Tony Hill took a break from fishing to wind yellow thread around a tiny hook, mixing in rooster feathers to make a Hemingway Caddis floating fly.
Dozens of Hill’s flies were on display Saturday along with more than 100 exhibits at Art on the Green. The show gave Hill, who hadn’t fished the Panhandle since 1977, an excuse to cast his line in North Idaho’s streams.
“The best shows for me in the summer are in beautiful places where the fishing’s good,” said Hill of Lamplight Fly and Feather. His shop is in Alsea, Ore., where Hill lives when he’s not in Florida. “After this show I’ll be fishing my way to Sun Valley.”
Around the ring of booths at North Idaho College, the aroma of a Moroccan seasoning tempted the curious at Seasoning of Change.
Creator Andrea Flanigan’s booth displayed five other flavors, including Turkish and Mediterranean blends, in colorful packages. Meanwhile her 11-year-old daughter, Kathryn Custer, dished up Moroccan ground chicken on crackers.
“It’s real nice because it compliments the food that it’s on. It’s not overpowering,” said Flanigan, who lives in Coeur d’Alene. “It’s got a beautiful flavor.”
About 600 volunteers are needed to pull off this weekend’s 29th annual community arts show organized by the Citizens’ Council for the Arts.
An estimated 50,000 people from throughout the Inland Northwest are expected to cruise the booths during the three-day event, which ends today. Sales are expected to approach $300,000.
“This is the best (event) we’ve ever had,” said volunteer and former Idaho State Sen. Mary Lou Reed. “It’s got a good feel.”
Molea Metal, which offers “unique metal design and fabrication,” provided some character.
From trinkets to lamps to furniture, all of owner Michaelangelo Molea’s creations were made from leftovers found mostly at tractor repair shops and secondhand stores.
“True art is when you make stuff out of junk,” Molea said.
Lou Carver of Spokane bought a silver, wavy-haired dancing woman made from scrap metal for her front yard.
“I just think they’re too cute,” Carver said. “It feels like me.”
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MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: HOURS Art on the Green continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.