Puyallup’s getting its first public fine arts festival – Art in the Park – this Saturday. The festival is free and comes courtesy of Valley Arts United (a non-profit which organizes, among other things, Puyallup’s very fine permanent outdoor sculpture gallery.) Located within the Farmer’s Market in Pioneer Park (always a good thing, with Northwest summer weather), the festival features art booths open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., performances by the Northwest Sinfonietta Quintet of animal-themed classical music at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. plus an instrument petting zoo, and performances by Metro dancers and a Samoan dance group.
In front of the Puyallup library artists and festival-goers alike can “Chalk the Walk,” and there’ll be a Children’s Corner for kids to paint and draw. Plein-air artists led by Frances Buckmeister will be working in paint and multimedia, recreating the festival itself on canvas, and there’ll be an “Experience Art Project” setting out reproductions of works by famous artists and easels with blank canvases and paints for anyone to explore particular painting styles.
Also check out the Fred Oldfield gallery and Gallery 3, a cooperative art center organized by VAU on the ground floor of City Hall.
Pioneer Park is at 330 S. Meridian, Puyallup. Information: www.artsdowntown.org