International art festival to host 60 artists

Published on Thu, Jun 13, 2013
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A new celebration of art, music, wine and food is coming to Peace Arch State Park this summer.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, the gardens will be filled with fine art exhibits from 60 Northwest artists as the International Art Festival at Peace Arch Park sets up camp for a two-day event on the border.

Organized by the Blaine Artists’ group, the show will display art from all disciplines, giving visitors a chance to experience 
everything from mixed media to sculpture and blown glass. 

A boutique show, the work has been juried so the event remains small and maintains its focus on fine art, organizer Diane Major said. Out of 105 applicants, 60 were selected from the greater Northwest region.

“Too often, at the other regional art festivals, you’ll have hundreds of booths,” Major said. “You get lost, and it’s not all fine art. We’ve been really selective with the artists we’ve brought in.”

The two-day event will also have gourmet food, fine wine from Samson Estates Winery and live music on site.

“The venue is ideal,” said organizer Brian Major, an artist well known throughout the Northwest. “People from both the U.S. and Canada are allowed to roam the park without a passport and art can be taken duty free into either country.”

Free parking will be available on the Blaine side of the border.

For more information, visit peacearchart.org or call 360/332-9862.