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By T.L. Petersen

Observer Staff Writer

COVE — Experience — be it in dance, or beading, or journaling, or African drumming — is what the third annual Cove Arts Festival is all about, organizers say.

For four days, Wednesday through Saturday, the grounds of the Ascension School in Cove will be a place to try new things, rediscover activities and generally spark the creative spirit.

Beginning Wednesday, each day begins with free registration at 9 a.m. Classes and demonstrations will continue until about 1 p.m. each day, followed by a special evening session Wednesday through Friday.

The Cove Cherry Fair, featuring a pancake breakfast, fun run, parade, games, a barbecue, a farmers market and performances by many of the arts festival artists, takes place all day Saturday.

Rex Watson of La Grande is looking forward to the days in Cove, showing how he creates primitive stone tools using native Oregon stones.

He's hoping to show others "just the basics," about tool-making, and demonstrating that stone tools "weren't made by dripping hot water on rock," he chuckles.

Some adults may get to try their hand at tool-making, but Watson said his morning demonstrations will basically be showing, not doing, as the chipping of stone results in very sharp fragments.

Watson started the hobby about 25 years ago, he said.

"I tried it, and couldn't do it," he admits. Then he found somebody who could do it, "and they showed me."

David Waln, Patricia Sandlin-Tweit, Mary Ann Ellison and Nan Andrews-Howe will offer more arts in action, giving those attending the festival during

the day free chances to experience creative movement, tie-dying, beading and ethnic drumming.

Also showing a craft in a new light will be Wallowa County author Danny Price, leading workshops on journal writing and line drawing.

Price, who has had books on journaling published, thinks that "people get hung up on finding a journal to fill in," he says.

So, his first talk at the arts festival will be to help those in his group make their own empty journal, something that can be added to, copied, and expanded.

"What I would really like to do is have them create their own handmade book that they can fill in," he said.

Describing his own journaling as very free form, Price wants to involve those in his groups in walking around Cove, making quick sketches or taking pictures, and then writing around the illustrations.

"Whatever they want to draw," he insists.

"My approach is really open-ended, with no set way to do anything. … My whole style is loose, open, with no fast rules."

Although no lunches are available at the arts festival this year, there will be a break for those attending to go and find lunch in Cove.

Evenings in Cove have become even busier this year.

For high school-age students and adults, Michael Breeze is returning to offer an evening session between 6 and 8 in African marimba rhythms.

While the drumming is going on, Mary Ann Ellison will conduct an Ethnic belly dancing class under the trees between 6 and 7 p.m., and Nan Andrews-Howe will demonstrate Native American beading between 6 and 8 p.m. in the Founders Dining Room.

The Cove Arts Festival, sponsored by the Cove Community Association, is funded in part by a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation.

For more details, call the Ascension School at 568-4514.

Reach T.L. Petersen at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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