Artists are frequently inspired by natural beauty, and Mount St. Helens is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the Northwest. It’s the perfect setting for summer arts festivals—to browse, to buy, to listen, to enjoy, and to meet the artists, photographers, and music-makers who have been inspired by the majesty of the mountain. Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, will be a perfect time to celebrate both art and music during two separate events: Arts of the Mountain (Saturday and Sunday) and Music on the Mountain (Saturday evening). Here are details about both:
- Arts of the Mountain: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 28-29, hosted by the U.S. Forest Service and Mount St. Helens Institute. Twenty-five local artists will showcase their paintings, sculptures, jewelry, woodworking, and stained glass at five different venues along the Spirit Lake Highway (SR-504), as well as music and food: Silver Lake Grange (MP 5), Mount St. Helens RV Park (MP 8), Twosome Art Gallery (MP 15), Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center (MP 27), and the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater (MP 43). At the Science and Learning Center, Bottle & Bottega will offer painting instruction and visitors can leave with a piece of art they created at Mount St. Helens. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/artsofthemountain.
- Music on the Mountain: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 28, at Johnston Ridge Observatory Amphitheater, hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, Cowlitz Economic Development Council, Mount St. Helens Institute, and Kelso Rotary Club. This is the first of three free concerts to be offered at the volcano this summer. Seattle’s acoustic rock duo Science! will be performing with a fantastic view of crater and valley below. More details are available at www.facebook.com/MusicOnTheMtn.
The Science and Learning Center is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the summer. Johnston Ridge Observatory is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October. Admission is $8 for adults and children up to age 15 are free. Interagency and Golden Passes are honored when presented with identification.
Above: detail from painting by Carol Boudreau