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Critic’s picks: Eatonville Arts Fest, Tacoma Art Museum Northwest Fest, Auburn Artrageous and Des Moines Poetry Slam

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Aug. 3, 2012 at 5:10 am |
July 27, 2012 10:14 am

Eatonville Art Festival

This weekend sees the 41st annual Eatonville Art Festival. Hosted by the local Lions Club, the festival gathers 100 Northwest artists and artisans for live music, demonstrations, Western art, silent auction and vendor stalls, plus a kids area, food and beer garden and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 3-5. Free. 211 Fir St., Eatonville. eatonville.com

TAM’s Best of the Northwest Fest

Celebrate the best of the Northwest at a free community festival this weekend at Tacoma Art Museum. Art activities include watercoloring landscapes, sketching still lifes and a multimedia collaborative project, plus chalk art challenge on Tollefson Plaza.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4 (3 p.m. chalk-off). Free. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

Auburn’s going Artrageous

Yet another art festival this weekend: the Auburn Artrageous Artists in Action fair.

Moving this year from Les Gove Park to Main Street downtown, the fair offers families the chance to make art alongside local professionals. Live music on the main stage includes Mr. Pink, Whiskey River Americas, Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band and more. New this year are temporary art installations “Pianos on Parade” (find one and play one!), “Happiness” (take one of the 72 corked and empty wine bottles) and “Pixilation,” embodying bouncing light. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 4. Free. 25 W. Main St., Auburn. 253-931-3043, auburnwa.gov

Poverty Bay Poetry Slam

Calling all poets to the Poverty Bay Poetry Slam at Des Moines Beach Park. Sign up from noon Aug. 4 (three minute max); performances from 2 p.m. Prizes for top three winners. Free. 1000 S. 220th St., Des Moines. desmoineswa.gov

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