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Oregon Parks and Recreation: Art in the Parks

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Multiple Venues
State Parks throughout Oregon

June 8-29, 2013


Everyone knows state parks are great spots for camping, hiking and picnicking, but during the month of June, they’ll also be places to appreciate traditional art. Saturdays in June, Oregon artists will present their crafts at five state parks—folk singing, fly-tying, Kalapuya storytelling, and basket and fiber weaving. Each artist will be joined by a folklorist who will offer a cross-cultural perspective on the techniques displayed.

Art in the Parks is a collaborative project of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the University of Oregon’s Oregon Folklife Network (OFN), the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission. The project seeks to bring people and traditional artists together in nature.

The featured events and presenters include:

 "The Roots of American Folk Music," by singer Mark Ross and folklorist Emily West,  "The Art of Fly-Tying," by fly fisher and fly-tyer Sherry Steele and folklorist Riki Saltzman, "Traditional Karuk Basket Weaving," by weaver Wilverna Reece and folklorist Emily West, "Artistry Traditions of  Wasco and Klamath Cultures," by fiber artist Pat Courtney Gold and folklorist Riki Saltzman., and "Traditional Kalapuya Storytelling," by storyteller Esther Stutzman and folklorist Lyle Murphy

All events are free and open to the public. One-time day-use parking permits at Silver
Falls State Park and Smith Rock State Park cost $5.