Art on the Green, Coeur d’Alene’s huge outdoor art party, will fill the grounds of North Idaho College this weekend with color, with music (from two stages) and with swordplay.
Yes, members of the Coeur d’Escrime fencing club will again roam the grounds and demonstrate their particularly pointed art form.
Here’s hoping they stay a good distance away from, for instance, the glass art booths.
Glass art will be only one of many kinds of art on display (and for sale) in about 135 booths. You’ll also find jewelry, leatherwork, pottery, metalwork, painting, fiber, photography and some forms of art that defy easy categorization.
Artists will converge from all over the Northwest (and beyond) for what is easily one of the Inland Northwest’s largest community art festivals.
Be sure and check out the big white juried art tent. Art on the Green hands out thousands of dollars in juried prizes every year.
Then there’s the “Clothesline Booth,” in which you can browse through dozens of smaller, affordable artworks ranging from $10 to $75.
Music is never far away, with both a North Stage and a South Stage providing nearly continuous entertainment. Some of it will come from familiar local names – Laddie Ray Melvin and the Brent Edstrom Trio – while others will come from farther afield.
Scott Cossu, the former Windham Hill pianist, will visit from the Puget Sound area and the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers will make their annual trek from the Bay Area.
You can also hear some klezmer music, some taiko drumming and some gospel, along with show tunes from the Lake City Playhouse. (See the accompanying schedule for the performing dates and times.)
Food will be available from numerous booths. A free shuttle will run from downtown Coeur d’Alene to the festival site.
Art on the Green, now in its 43rd year, is run by the Citizens Council for the Arts and its more than 500 volunteers.