Busy schedule for the Cervantes Art Festival celebrating regional artists
Creative talent from across the Washington state area will descend on Cervantes this weekend for the city’s biennial arts festival.
A busy program will begin Friday evening at the Cervantes Community Recreation Center from 6 p.m., with more than 500 works of art on display.
Opening night celebrations include demonstrations by glass artist Catherine Norgett and traditional sign writer Rick Kreig, as well as a live performance by Geraldton musician Rosie Sitorus.
Five workshops and two cultural events will take place during the week-long program, with budding artists able to gain first-hand experience from industry professionals such as Shireen Manning and Kerry Munns.
Cervantes Art Festival president Anne Moore said the event was organized to provide a platform for regional artists.
“There is such a wide range of artwork on display, it’s amazing,” she said.
“If you can’t find inspiration here, you’ll never get it.”
Over $ 15,000 in cash prizes are up for grabs in the various prize categories, with artists from as far away as Broome entering the competition.
Artist Andrea Gray said it was more important than ever to give regional artists a chance to demonstrate their craft.
“COVID has reduced the number of events and festivals for community connectors like me,” she said.
“I really appreciate the opportunity this festival gives me and other regional artists.