Today marks the third and final day of Pullman ArtFest and Neill Public Library is at the epicenter of it all.

Art in many forms awaits you, both inside the library, and outside in its parking lot and on Olsen Street in front of the library. Neill Public Library is excited to share with you art exhibits, an interactive workshop for youth and a virtual reality booth.

Step inside the library to enjoy an exhibit of beautiful paintings by members of the Palouse Watercolor Socius. Linger over works by Mary Reed, Gabriella Ball, Peggy Conrad, Christina Darby, Cathy Gottschalk and Bobbi Kelly.

An art workshop for youth in the library’s Heritage Addition offers an abundance of family friendly crafting from noon to 3 p.m. Activities are designed for preschool-, elementary- and middle school-aged children.

The library’s outdoor exhibit is near the corner of Grand Avenue and Olsen Street. It showcases Shelly Gilmore’s recycled metal art consisting of three pieces paid for and commissioned by the Grand Avenue Greenway Committee and Ingleside Book Club. Gilmore’s witty interpretation of a book mobile is delightful and her furniture made from farming tools and equipment is a beautiful tribute to our agricultural heritage.

But wait, there’s more. The Olsen Street Fair lies just outside the library’s doors.

This pedestrian friendly event is back by popular demand, with activities beginning at 11 a.m. Swim with sharks, scale Mount Everest, or float in space inside the library’s Virtual Reality booth. Show off your library pride with a new logoed tote bag and mug from the Friends of Neill Public Library’s booth.

Celebrate and honor Mitch and Mary Jo Chandler, this year’s recipients of the coveted mayor’s art award. Support the nonprofit organizations that serve our community’s most vital needs, and feast on American and ethnic street food from Fork in the Road, Popcorn Cove and Reyhoon’s Persian and Mediterranean cuisine.

Belly up to the table at Paradise Creek Brewery’s beer garden in the library’s parking lot and get your groove on with music from Pullman High School students, Highway 99, Ray Wallace and The Cherry Sisters Revival. There is lots to do for all ages at the street fair. A friend recently said it best, ArtFest puts the Art in pARTy.

For a full listing of other Saturday ArtFest activities, check out the Pullman Arts Commission’s Facebook page or pick up an event guide at Neill Public Library or from any participating sponsor.

So what’s left to do? Drop the newspaper, grab your shoes and head out so you don’t miss a single minute of the fun.

For arts sake.


Joanna Bailey is the director of Neill Public Library in Pullman.

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