The Arts Scene: Art, music, food -- must be June Art Fest!

Since 2007, the June Art Fest has been held every year in June. Beginning in Selah, Rob Blackaby headed a group of 14 artists who wanted to have a high-quality art and craft festival. The festival was so well attended that it was moved to Chalet Place, where it has been ever since.

This year’s event is Saturday.

To maintain the quality of vendors, the June Art Fest organization provides an application on its website, Applications were due May 1, and it costs $100 per booth if you’re invited to participate. Additional artists in one booth are allowed for an additional fee.

There will be four new artists this year: Maja Shaw and Barb Thrall from Richland, Teddy Charlton from Ellensburg and Earl Wright from Kennewick.

The process was not intimidating for Shaw, who enters juried shows each year. What it means to her is that it is a “good method to ensure consistent quality of art and to choose artists whose work is appropriate for the venue.

Shaw has works in watercolor primarily, with some collage. She has been creating art since high school and majored in art in college.

The June Art Fest is an opportunity for her to expand to different audiences. “The one-day format works well for me. I enjoy meeting and talking with art appreciators as well as other artists. My goal is to get art out of my studio and into people’s homes so they can have the satisfaction of enjoying art on a daily basis.”

This year, 27 artists will be featured. Along with music and food, it’s an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two.

The June Art Fest takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Chalet Place mall at the corner of 56th and Summitview avenues.

• David Lynx is executive director of the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley College. Learn more at

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