The Spring Arts & Crafts Festival will return to Yachats for its 22nd year this weekend, presenting a tremendous range of products hand-crafted by some 70 artisans from across the Pacific Northwest.
The festival, organized by Crafts on the Coast, will see the Yachats Commons packed to bursting with everything from fine art and jewelry to clothing, pottery, glass art and much more. Many of the artisans will be demonstrating their techniques, including basket weaving, wire wrapping and jewelry making.
This year’s featured artisan is R. Artencio from Eugene, who creates three-dimensional, nature-themed wall art that makes viewers feel that they are in the picture. Using recycled wooden doors as the backdrop, Artencio builds these pieces with recycled materials that she sculpts and paints to create extremely realistic natural scenes of trees, ocean cliffs and wildlife.
Gourmet food producers will have tastes of their products available. Ethel Stratton will be offering samples of Celia’s Gourmet Balsamics, authentic, Italian, barrel-aged traditional and white balsamic vinegars and oil; Jeanette Casey will have samples of her Dippity Doo Da dip mixes including new flavors; and Jan Barbee of Jan’s Robust Salami will serve up tastings of her handmade beef salami in a variety of flavors as well as a collection of pickled vegetables.
Melody Morton Gandy will be offering soothing chair massage throughout the weekend, while Debi Degele of The Depoe Baykery will have her own range of pick-me-ups in the form of baked goods and coffee.
Crafts on the Coast always offers community groups free booth space to use crafts as a way of fund-raising. The Yachats Ladies Club will be featuring a large variety of handmade items for sale. The Scholarship Quilt will be on display and tickets for the Quilt Raffle will be available for purchase. The money from these endeavors goes to various charitable groups.
The Yachats Volunteer Fire Department will be offering tsunami awareness information as well as crafts for sale.
The festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 25, and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 26, at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101. Admission and parking are free.
For more information, call 541-547-4738.