Sagebrush Arts Festival is Sept. 12-13 in Pocatello

By Jenny Hopkins

jhopkins@journalnet.com

POCATELLO — The annual Sagebrush Arts Festival, hosted by the Pocatello Art Center, is a way for artists to exhibit their work and for community members to enjoy it.

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday September 12 and 13 on the Idaho State University campus at the corner of 5th Ave. and Carter Street. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days and admission is free.

Each year artists from all over the region, including Oregon, Washington, Utah, Montana and of course, Idaho gather to show and sell their creations. More than 50 artists will be exhibiting at the festival this year.

While the term art generally brings to mind paintings or drawings, those art the only two mediums that will be on display. Festival-goers will likely also see art created with wood, fiber, glass and metal. Jewelry making is also included. Several of the artists will be working on pieces on-site.

A highlight of the event is the Children’s Art Yard, which will be offered both days. Children are encouraged to come to the art yard and engage in hands-on projects that they will be able to take home.

“It’s wonderful for children to be exposed to the arts,” says Carolyn Purnell, chairman of the festival.

Purnell adds that for many people attending the festival each fall has become a tradition.

“It’s become like an icon for the community and people look forward to it, they look forward to seeing new stuff that is so well done,” she says.

Dogs on a leash will be welcome and food and drink will be available for purchase.

The final deadline to apply for booth space at the festival is August 31. Visit the web site at http://www.pocatelloartctr.org for exhibitor information.

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