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Art on the Green 2017 Press Release

Organization:     Citizens’ Council for the Arts

For Immediate Release

The Art on the Green art festival has risen in attendance and notoriety to become one of the most prestigious festivals in the Inland Northwest area. As one of the oldest continual festivals in the region, Art on the Green is known for its elegance of venue, family atmosphere, and variety of affordable art.

Art on the Green is free to the public and will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 4, 5, 6, 2017. It’s staged on the beautiful green of North Idaho College on Lake Coeur d’Alene and is only minutes from Interstate 90 (off the Northwest Boulevard exit), and parking at the college is easy and free.

Art on the Green celebrates seasoned as well as emerging artists and craftsmen. All participating artists have been juried and the festival will have more than 175 art booths this year. Many artists are regional from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and BC, Canada, while others come from California, Arizona, and Nevada, and still others from as far away as Alaska and New York. There is also a Juried Show within the festival where participating art pieces are judged and eligible for over $3,000 in prize money and awards. Art works in the Juried Show are original creations and available for purchase. The Clothesline Sale features original paintings and photographs priced from $10 to $75.

Younger artists are encouraged to “test the waters” as working artists and are able to participate as Youth Booth artists. This year we have six youth artists with booths where they will sell their wares, as well as a booth for the student artists of North Idaho College.

Art on the Green is distinctly known as a family affair and has received local awards and attention as a "Best Family Event." The festival is stroller-friendly, and children (and adults) are invited to participate in our “hands-on” art area where each child can create and take home their own masterpiece. Easels, washable paints, and brushes, as well as modeling clay, are supplied free to every child.

Good old-fashioned festival food will be available for the hungry festival attendees. All food booths are run by Art on the Green volunteers and feature fresh, local food. Fresh corn on the cob, grilled chicken, sausages and sandwiches, pulled-pork sandwiches, veggie noodle bowls, frozen lemonade, and ice cream are available in the food court at the center of the festival. The Healthy Snack Shack near the South Stage provides a place where patrons can get food, drinks and snacks of the healthier variety, including organic and gluten-free items, salads, quinoa bowls, fresh fruit, and more.

The Beer & Wine Garden at Art on the Green will feature locally crafted beer, wine and hard cider. Patrons can come taste a variety of “liquid art” while enjoying the great music on the North Stage at Art on the Green.

Live entertainment runs all weekend long on two stages, and features music of many genres, including classical, jazz, rock, pop, indie, dance music, R&B, soul, folk, Bluegrass, Americana, contemporary country, big band, Celtic, and many singer/songwriter performers. All performances free, paid for by the work of dedicated Art on the Green volunteers.

The 49th annual Art on the Green is presented by the Citizens' Council for the Arts, a non-profit corporation of interested volunteers formed to encourage, promote and support the arts locally. Art on the Green is unique in that it is run by volunteers, and it is not a fundraiser for another cause: it is art for art. Fees and commissions from artists and food booth sales pay the costs of the festival for the next year.

Art on the Green / Citizens' Council for the Arts