Enumclaw’s all-new Scarecrow Festival is scheduled for Oct. 24, but if you want to enter the Scarecrow contest, your stuffed friend needs to be given to City Hall by Oct. 11. Photo by Linnaea Mallette/publicdomainpictures.net

Enumclaw’s all-new Scarecrow Festival is scheduled for Oct. 24, but if you want to enter the Scarecrow contest, your stuffed friend needs to be given to City Hall by Oct. 11. Photo by Linnaea Mallette/publicdomainpictures.net

Artists sought for new fall Scarecrow contest, Gallery 2020

The deadline to enter the Scarecrow Contest and the City Hall gallery are in October.

It’s looking like October is going to be an artsy month for Enumclaw.

First up is the city’s inaugural Scarecrow Contest, where individuals or groups of any kind can decorate a scarecrow to be displayed on Cole Street from Oct. 18 – 20. That Saturday, Oct. 19, will be the Scarecrow Festival, featuring crafts and face painting, pumpkin decorating, and haystack hunts. The festival will be when the public has an opportunity to vote for their favorite straw-stuffed friend.

The rules are simple: use durable objects, since the scarecrows may be subject to wind and rain; no glass, flames, or electricity can be used in the scarecrow’s design; scarecrows must be family-friendly and cannot promote politics, religion, or advertising; and the scarecrow must not exceed six feet in height.

In addition to a people’s choice category, a contest judge will also award prizes based on creativity, use of inventive or interesting materials, and its general presence.

The deadline to submit a scarecrow is Oct. 11; it must be delivered to City hall no later than 4 p.m.

Winners of the contest will be announced Oct. 24.

For more information, contact Enumclaw’s Cultural Programs Manager Alina Hibbs at ahibbs@ci.enumclaw.wa.us or call 360-615-5621.


Enumclaw is also looking for visual artists to showcase in city hall for the Enumclaw Gallery 2020 series.

The gallery accepts all sorts of two- and three-dimensional art, but with each exhibition lasting around four weeks — and since July is already reserved for the annual GEMs Miniature Juried Art Exhibit — there are only 11 spots to fill.

The deadline for submitting artwork is Oct. 18.

Those wishing to submit their artwork must provide the Enumclaw Arts Commission with eight electronic photos of their work (specifically jpeg images). Each photo must be labeled with the artist’s name, the title of the piece, its size, and medium.

These photos should be sent to Hibbs at ahibbs@ci.enumclaw.wa.us, or mailed to 1309 Myrtle Ave. in Enumclaw.

Once artists are selected for the gallery, they are responsible for providing an annotated list of their displayed artwork with an artist statement and short biography, and are responsible for any installation, labels, accompanying text, and sales.

For more information, contact Hibbs at her email or by calling 360-615-5621.


If you’re looking to become an artist yourself to be featured in a future installment of the Enumclaw Gallery, Arts Alive! has many classes to help people get started.

Mondays three different classes. First is a watercolor and pastel painting with Elaine Lynst from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class, which is $20, is limited to six students at a time, so call her at 360-367-1232 to reserve your spot.

Then there are classical oil painting lessons with Carrie Williams from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m; this is a four-class package for $120.

Finally, Lorrie Maras hosts a watercolor techniques class from 6 to 8p.m. for $10.

Tuesdays start out with Maras’ watercolor techniques class again from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., followed by a “Just For Kids” class with Nancy Mckenna from 5 to 6 p.m. The classes are $15 per child, and $10 for any siblings that also attend. Space is limited to 10 seats, so call Mckenna at 253-740-8594 to reserve yours. Additionally, go to www.enumclawartlessons.com for more details about the class and their topics.

Wednesday starts and ends with two acrylic and oil painting classes with Helma Raycher. The first is for kids ages 6 to 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. for children for $10; the second is for adults from 5 to 7 p.m. for $8 per hour.

Thursday is much of the same — the first and second classes are for adults from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 respectively for $8 an hour, followed by a teens (14 to 19) class from 5 to 6 p.m. for $10, and ends with another adult class from 6 to 8 p.m. at $8 an hour.

Friday is all kids, all day with Mckenna. The first is 2 to 3 p.m. for home schoolers aged 5 to 15; the second from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. for ages 5 to 12; and the third for ages 7 to 15 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. All classes are $15 per class, with siblings being charged only $10.

Finally, the week rounds out with Maras’ watercolor techniques from 9 to 11 a.m. for $10 per class.

There are also additional beading, wire wrapping, sumi painting, papermaking, and other classes scheduled for Saturday afternoons — visit Arts Alive! at 1429 Cole Street for more information, or contact the nonprofit at 360-802-6787.

For more information on sumi painting, contact Darlene Dihel at 360-625-8756.

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