Central Oregon may be best known as a mecca for beer lovers, mountain tamers, and intrepid cyclists, but this booming mountain-side community is also home to a thriving and exciting arts scene with a yearly tradition that’s made its way into the national spotlight.
Coming into its tenth year, the annual Sunriver Arts Fair has been named a top-ten Best Art Fair in America by Artfaircalendar.com, a patron-voted program meant to encourage attendance by highlighting innovative and exciting shows nationwide. Cascade Sotheby’s is proud to be a Premier Sponsor of the Sunriver Arts Fair, as a way of helping to make art, music, and culture more accessible throughout the community.
Raising Funds for Local Families & Children
The fair serves as the largest fundraising event for the Sunriver Women’s Club, a nonprofit corporation which, since its founding in 1974, has distributed $537,055 to agencies working to provide basic necessities, such as shelter, health, food, clothing, and education to families and children in the Three Rivers and south Deschutes County areas. All net proceeds of the Sunriver Arts Fair directly benefit these children and families.
About the 2019 Fair
This year, the event features more than 80 artists and makers from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and as far away as Illinois. Each brings a unique aesthetic, mission, and craft to the table, making the diversity of mediums represented truly reminiscent of of Central Oregon, and of the west itself.
With hand-spun ceramics and mosaic sculpture to woodworking, metalworking, textiles, and painting, the fair is an opportunity for attendees to experience creation in various forms and connect with the local art community in an intimate and lively setting. And because no great summer celebration is complete without a live soundtrack, each day of the festival hosts different musical acts to inspire the spirit and, hopefully, the feet with a little incentive to hit the dance floor.
For information about this year’s artists in attendance, explore the full list here.
Tips for Enjoying the Fair
If you are travelling from outside of the area or just making the drive from Bend, you can make the most of your trip to the Sunriver Arts Fair with these simple tips.
- Shade tents will be set up, but hats and sunscreen are still the best bet for saving your skin from a long day of sun exposure.
- Displays and vendors are set up on grass, pavers, concrete, and other terrain, so plan shoes accordingly.
- Reusable water bottles are welcome.
- Pets are welcome/ not welcome.
- If you are in need of local accommodations, the fair organized have compiled a helpful list.
We hope you enjoy your experience with the Central Oregon art community. To stay informed of upcoming local events, including arts and culture, outdoors, and more, subscribe to our blog.
Art Fair Hours
August 9-11, 2019
Fri. and Sat., 9:30am-6:00pm