August 13, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

COVE From introspective to wildly exuberant, the Cove Arts Festival opening Wednesday morning is sure to draw out the creativity in children and adults.

For the next three days and into the weekend, the Ascension School and Camp grounds at the edge of Cove will be transformed by artists and students exploring graphic arts, visual arts and the art of sound.

The festival, free to participants thanks to an Oregon Arts Commission grant sought by the Cove Community Association, will feature morning, afternoon and some special evening presentations by artists. Some of the sessions are designed for certain ages, while others are open to anyone. Lunch will be provided free at the camp Wednesday through Friday

Among the artists who will be working with those attending the arts festival will be singer-songwriters Shelley Hines and her husband, Steve Hines. The two have played at the Yakima Folk Festival, the Northeast Oregon Folklore Society Concerts, Seattle Folklife, the Three Rivers Folk Society and several other festivals.

Barbara Temple Ayres, who lives on the northern Oregon coast, will be showing budding bookmakers how to make paper and put together books. She has an art degree from Scripps College and a masters degree from Reed College. Her work has been shown in galleries along the coast and in Portland and Seattle.

Movement is Patricia Sandlin-Tweits art. She will be offering classes in creative dance mixing an eclectic blend of jazz, hip hop, and modern dance. Her work this summer includes new movement qualities from a hip hop dance training under the leadership of Bill Evans. No prior dance experience is needed, and Sandlin is planning a special festival production for the last day.

Printmaker Kathelene Kat Calloway will be returning to the festival as the artist-in-residence. This week, she will be explaining the technique of polyester plate lithography, which involves using two presses.

Bringing a new sound and rhythm to the festival this year will be Michael Breez, who for the past 23 years has studied African Shona music using marimba instruments. He and his wife, Osha, have founded the Rufaro School of Marimba, and have recorded two popular CDs.

Russ Fish brings the art of silence to the festival, returning as a teaching and performing mime in the tradition of Marcel Marceau. Fish has studied in Europe and works with numerous school programs, as well as appearing on television and on stage.

Breez and Fish will be be presenting evening performances for the public during the festival.

Those interested in attending a class can register at 9:30 each morning at the Ascension School and Camp. Class schedules are available at the camp.