|The 11th annual Arts Hullabaloo will be held this Saturday, September 23, in Westcliffe. The event will again be held in conjunction with Alla Prima Westcliffe, the Sangres Art Guildís annual Plein Air Paint-out competition.
Arts Hullabaloo is a fun event showcasing the arts: visual arts, performing arts, musical arts, culinary arts, fiber arts and literary arts, the art of history and more.
After the parade, vendors will be set up in Jess Price Park and will include some of the participating artists from the APW competition as well as demonstrations, various vendors, food and music. Many of the artists will be painting throughout the day, and local musicians will be playing a variety of tunes.
Local business owners are encouraged to highlight something specific as part of the Arts Hullabaloo, for example, the Art of Tying Flies. If interested, call Angie Arterburn by noon on Friday at 783-2099 to be included in the schedule.
After the parade, there will be various events throughout town. At Salty Pines front yard at 5th and Main and throughout town, Jim Jacksonís Art Guffaw and Bubbles will be back, offering a variety of circus, magic and buffoonery along with creative soap bubbles. That will continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Also returning this year will be the popular Salida Circus, featuring trapeze artists, acrobats, jugglers, unicyclists, stilt walkers and more.
They will be based at Salty Pine and will participate in the Steam Punk-themed parade and will continue to entertain until 4 p.m.
Karen LeBlond will have her pottery on the porch of the 3rd Street Gallery, located just north of Main Street. There will be hands-on experiences at throwing your own pot in front of Wild Iris Gallery on 3rd St., and folks can also try their hand at weaving at Greenstone Gallery on west Main Street.
In addition, visitors can do make-and-take crafts from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cliffís Crafts, 104 Main St., and face painting will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Lori Merfeld-Batson at Brookwood Gallery, 211 Main St.
Residents and visitors can also view plein air artists at Jess Price Park where various art and food vendors will be set up along with live music and demonstrations, and Gushikawa will be doing a cultural dance performance.
Also, the Jones Theater will be hosting its annual 10-minute play competition, see the article on page 13 of this issue for more information.
Also on Saturday, there will be the Alla Prima Westcliffe awards ceremony to be held at the 3rd Street Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. Cash prizes of more than $2,000 and other prizes will be awarded the winning artists. The reception will be open to the public, and live music will be provided by the Arkansas Dixieland Band.
These are just some of the activities scheduled; a schedule of events can be picked up the day of the event at the 3rd Street Gallery, the Loan A Ranger Pawn Shop, and Salty Pine Floral and Boutique.