GRESHAM, Oregon - This year's Gresham Arts Festival is bigger and better than ever with more than 150 artists, live music, free family fun, the Reclaim Chalk of Fame world record attempt and two new events--it's all happening on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at the 16th annual Gresham Arts Festival in historic downtown.
The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to the charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated crop of Northwest artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and more.
Two new events will be added this year. On Friday, July 14, the Art Under the Stars charitable silent auction event includes pieces donated by Arts Festival artists, with proceeds donated to Gresham Outdoor Public Art. While bidding, attendees can enjoy award-winning R&B artist Norman Sylvester and friends on a beautiful summer evening in downtown. Beer, wine and food is available for purchase.
On Saturday evening, Gresham's Got Talent will showcase a wide array of talented entertainers in our community at the Arts Plaza. Celebrity judges are Katie Harman, Miss America 2002; Kirk Mouser, Stumptown Stages Producer/Broadway actor; and Haley Green, Broadway actress/former Disney Princess. Food and beverage booths will open at 6 p.m.; the show begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Gresham community and festival visitors will also come together to Reclaim the Chalk of Fame. The Canadian city of Summerside stole the world record set by the Gresham community in 2015 for the largest display of chalk pavement art. Families, businesses, community groups and visitors will steal the record back by coloring in 500 chalk drawings designed by local artists. The drawings will center around the themes of Gresham community spirit and Americana. Everyone is welcome to help break the record and color in a square (or two, or three!). Thank you to organizations that have already signed up for 10 or more squares: First Class East Gresham Homeschool; Neighbor-Helping-Neighbor; Nutz n Boltz Theater; Gresham City Learning Center; Free Arts NW.