Art Walk will turn Gresham's historic downtown into an outdoor gallery

This is a press release courtesy of the event organizers

Gresham transforms into a giant outdoor gallery and stage for the 12th Annual Gresham Art Walk, a regional arts event celebrating art, artists and music.

More than 140 talented artisans will fill the streets of historic downtown Gresham from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

"We invite visitors from near and far to come enjoy a full day of beautiful things that capture all elements of the arts," says Michele Brouse Peoples, event chairwoman.

The family event is free and includes art for sale, live music all day, cultural performances, free children's arts and crafts, and unique shops and restaurants in the downtown core.

At the heart of the Gresham Art Walk is the showcase of fine artisans. Art for sale includes pottery, photography, beadwork, watercolors, textiles, glass, wood, oil paintings, garden art, recycled art, and much more. People meet the artists behind the work.

Noted bronze sculptor Rip Caswell will place life-size bronze sculptures along Main Avenue. Guests to the Gresham Art Walk often dance in the street, wear funky balloon hats and relax in one of the event's wildly-painted chairs.

In addition to art for sale by the artists, live music from jazz and blues to bluegrass beats is offered from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. all along Main Avenue. (See sidebar.) Get Down Jones performs at 2 p.m. with inspired Americana Roots blues and soul. The Insanitizers start jamming with a surf guitar flamenco-billy rock concert at 4 p.m.

The art of puppetry is showcased at 10 a.m. with "Disco OZ" performed by Olde World Puppet Theatre Studios, one of the longest running marionette theatres and puppet building companies in the United States.

"Art is also about theater and music, and these performers have worked at their craft for years and they love what they do," Brouse Peoples said.

The free children's corner "For the Young at Heart" is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a Pet Paw art project with Trillium Roots & Shoots; Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum; face painting by artist Roger Witter; balloon hat art with Joe Mishkin; and World Champion Taekwondo and KAD Dance Studio performances.

The Gresham Art Walk began in 2001 with 28 artists. A recognized nonprofit, the Gresham Art Walk Committee works year-round to produce an event to celebrate art.

"The intention of this event is to bring recognition to the diversity of artists and arts in our area and regionally, showcase our city, and let the surrounding communities know what Gresham has to offer," Brouse Peoples said.

The Gresham Art Walk's 2013 presenting sponsor is Stamp

For more information about the Gresham Art Walk, call 503-661-9255 or visit