On Saturday, July 1, before nighttime fireworks burst over the Port of Ilwaco, the Peninsula's Columbia River Organization of Artists held a one-day art exhibit at the World Kite Museum.

Opening at 10 a.m., a steady stream of art fanciers attracted by big blue signs milled around oils, watercolors, pottery, jewelry and paper-machete objects until 5 p.m. Among the artists represented were Eric Wiegardt, Judy Leonard, Sonja May, Barbara Martin and Marie Finlay. Marie Finlay's watercolor "Father and Daughter Kite Fly" in a brushed steel frame sold for $575. The novel silver jewelry of Laney Clark arranged on a bed of sand attracted constant comment. A giant paper machete mermaid found a new home with a delighted couple that were also "blown away" by animal head rattles.

CROA raised $200, and 20 percent of the sales go towards their non-profit activities in the coming months. The next meeting is in the Ilwaco Community Center, on Thursday, July 13 at 6 p.m. Ocean Park artist, Eric Wiegardt, will do a watercolor demo. All are welcome.

Barbara Martin

Long Beach

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