Come Saturday, Aug. 5, the Corvallis Arts Guild will host its annual Clothesline Sale of Art at a new location.
The event, which began in 1961 on the Benton County Courthouse lawn, is moving to Central Park, where 50 artists are expected to showcase and sell a variety of artwork, from 2D paintings and photographs to ceramics, sculpture and woodwork.
One of this year’s participating artists is 15-year-old Sunny (Peyten) Littrell, who works in pencil sketches and paintings.
“I’m very excited because I’ll get the opportunity to showcase my art,” said Littrell, a student at Philomath High School who plans to display 10 to 15 pieces at the event.
In addition to art showcases, the organizers are incorporating elements of science into the event, a move CAG coordinator John Friedlander says is in no way an attempt to mimic or replace a beloved summer festival that shuttered in 2020, partly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Da Vinci Days, which began in 1989, combined art and music with elements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Its popular race event, the Graand Kinetic Challenge, however, lives on although this year’s edition was canceled.
“We’re not consciously trying to chase da Vinci Days’ wind, and we didn’t anticipate the Kinetic Challenge’s cancelation,” Friedlander said, “but the path of the Clothesline Sale’s conceptual growth unexpectedly follows neatly in the path of a much-loved traditional Corvallis summer event.”
As part of this year’s event lineup, Oregon State University Fulbright Scholar Derek Fish will host two interactive sessions on Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library — from 1 to 3 p.m. for teens and tweens, and 4 to 6 p.m. for families — and from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Clothesline Sale on Aug. 5.