Art is still a dominant theme on the North Coast this beautiful fall weekend. The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge blends birds, nature and artistic expression with the Wings Over Willapa Festival September 26 through the 29. This Long Beach event offers a wide range of outdoor activity in addition to art demonstrations, workshops and exhibits.
Photo Credits to Friends of Willappa National Wildlife Refuge
The weekend kicks off Thursday with Taking Flight: Social & Meet the Artists. Meet participating artists along with other nature lovers, birders and supporters of the refuge. Enjoy snacks and a no-host bar at The Salt Hotel and Pub in Ilwaco from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. It's worth noting that The Salt Hotel is pet-friendly with a reasonable pet fee. And with inviting fare in their pub, it's a convenient place to settle in and unwind during your stay.
Photo Credits to The Salt Hotel
The Wings Over Willapa Festival offers something for everyone. Bring the kids to the Cranberry Museum, where they're hosting Nature Play Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday as part of their children's activity programming. Your child can make a bird feeder, a nest box and more.
Are you into photographing nature? Share your work and see others' nature photos during this one-hour class, Nature Photography With Photo Review, at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. In this class taught by photographer Andy Zahn, you'll get tips on composition, editing and gear. Cost is $5 with festival ticket.
Photo Credits to Friends of Willappa Wildlife Refuge
Maybe you want to try a new painting medium? Join Cheri Lloyd on Sunday at 10 a.m. as she demonstrates the layering process of Beer Painting on Sunday at North Jetty Brewing. Cost for the class is $30 with Wings Over Willapa admission.
Learn reduction printing using local foliage at Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park on Friday morning at 10 a.m. The class will be making Garden Fabric Flags to take home. Cost of the two-hour class is $30 for festival attendees.
Are you a potter? Maybe you want to be. Learn the technique of Raku to decorate a clay vase at Feather Raku Pottery. This studio class with Karen Brownlee is $30. Join her at 1 p.m. on Friday at Brownlee Studio, 4905 Sandridge Road in Long Beach.
Sea Glass Windows offers the opportunity to create a lovely mosaic seascape. Turn sea glass into artwork. Bring your own materials to personalize your work. Join Jean Nitzel of The Picture Attic for this fun class on Friday at 1 p.m. Cost is $50 with festival ticket.
Farther south be sure to check out the Tillamook Downtown District Art Walk. Explore the Tillamook Business District and view a dazzling array of quilts as you stroll through downtown between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Art Accelerated offers wonderful programming in the arts through the year. Check them out.
Cannon Beach is calling artists too. In Sumi Ink Wash Workshop you will create several small drawings while exploring the centuries-old medium made from the soot of pine branches. This four-hour workshop is happening at the Sou'Wester Lodge on Saturday at noon. Cost is $40 with a $10 materials fee.
Image Credits to Sou'Wester Lodge
While you're there, stop by Cannon Beach Library for their Fall Festival. Enjoy home-made baked goods as well as arts-and-crafts items. Bid on hotel stays at the silent auction, and enter to win gift certificates for dining and shopping at local merchants.