Mimi Ryan will host a booth at the Summer Arts Festival this year where she will host a community art project that will be placed in school gardens across the county. Ryan is an AmeriCorps member who oversees the Umpqua Valley Farm to School and the Blue Zones Project Umpqua. She has worked on setting up school gardens at Fir Grove, Winchester and Green Elementary Schools. “We are hosting a community gardening art activity at our booth where community members of all ages can come and paint their own round pieces of wood,” said Ryan. “When the festival is over, each of these hand-painted pieces will be pieced together into larger pieces that will be hung in the school gardens we work with at Green, Winchester, and Fir Grove elementary schools.” She tries to make sure the project is on a seasonal garden theme so that every school has works of art dedicated to what grows in autumn, winter, spring and summer. “We’re really excited to see what our community can do,” said Ryan. Ryan’s booth at the Summer Arts Festival will be one of many, as more than 130 local and regional artists are expected to offer handcrafted work, art projects, demonstrations and entertainment. The Summer Arts Festival returns for a three-day weekend in late June this year to celebrate the creative talent of the Umpqua country with thousands of visitors. The event will take place in Fir Grove Park on June 25th from 12pm to 9pm, on June 26th from 10am to 9pm and on June 27th from 10am to 4pm. This is the 52nd annual celebration of the arts in the Umpqua Valley. hosted by Umpqua Valley Arts. There will be a special kids’ zone with activities for the youngest art enthusiasts in the area. Art vendors’ stands close at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, while the food court and main stage are open until 9:00 p.m. Entry is $ 5; Children under six are free. Family passes valued at $ 15 are also available. visit
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