Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bellevue - 6th St Fair


Another week, another festival. It's the 3rd in a row of 3-day fairs, so maybe it's especially lucky? Fingers crossed.

This coming weekend is the Bellevue Arts Fair extravaganza. It's actually three different shows, all going on simultaneously in downtown Bellevue. The Bellevue Arts Museum ArtsFair, is the fancy pants show in the garage of the Bellevue Square Mall. It's completely fine art and is the biggest draw for national artists to travel here. Another one, called Bellevue Festival of the Arts, is located in the Cost Plus parking lot across the street from Bell Square. Also only traditional fine art categories and lots of lovely folks there.

And then there is the Sixth Street Fair. Now, this is not the poor cousin of art shows - it's just an extension of folks who show locally, and they in fact allow some other categories too, like traditional crafts, which are not allowed in the other two shows. Soapmaking is obviously not high end fine art. So the only show that me and others like me can even participate in, is Sixth Street. And believe me, there are some very lovely artists in our show too. All kinds of things, from furniture to glass, pottery, jewelry, woodworking - but also soap, candles, fabric arts etc., gift items that don't require a year's worth of salary to invest in. There are 120 artists, food booths and music stages over our way. If you've got time, it's nice to visit the whole entire hullabaloo and see everything. The weather is supposed to be perfect - sunny and 70's, which can't be beat for wandering around being wowed by the creativity and beauty.

Details: 6th Street Fair

Friday, July 25: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 26: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 27: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Soapworks Studio Booth Location: I am located in #C-3, on 106th near the corner of 6th, right in front of the California Pizza Kitchen, facing east towards the Bellevue Galleria complex. Same spot as last few years!

Check the above link for more information on parking deals, shuttles, artist list and locations, etc. See you there -