Wednesday, August 11, 2010
On your way to Crater Lake, Part 2.
When you visit Southern Oregon, Crater Lake is probably on your list. Yes, it really is this color blue in person! When you travel up Highway 62, you will pass through the little town of Shady Cove, right on the Rogue River. I've already mentioned one special little shop in that town, and here is the other.
Shady Kate's Boutique is on the right side of 62 just before the bridge over the Rogue River. It is a hidden jewel and one of Highway 62's best kept secrets. You would expect to find a shop of this caliber in Ashland or Medford, but it's here in this little river town. It is a special little place, with a peaceful, tree shaded yard and just chock full of gorgeous art, jewelry, decor items, unusual finds, antiques and other wonderful creations made by Oregon artists. The owner, Kate, is so friendly and helpful you'll feel right at home.
There is so much to see including wonderful, gorgeous jewelry and this motto, which tells you you've come to a fun place! Each room is full of beautiful items and you will want to spend a bit of leisurely time in each one.
Little vignettes are around every corner, you can look and look but you won't be able to see it all. See the vintage glass next to the wonderful ceramics next to the butterfly tin, next to the wood burl bowl next to the ceramic pears on a metal tree beneath the stained glass lamp?
And every Father's Day weekend, Kate sponsors a "Tie one on for Dad" celebration, and the huge tree outside her shop is festooned with colorful ties. There is a craft festival and an art show and competition for best of show and crowd favorites of paintings of the "Tie Tree." The winners are on display inside the shop, right next to a neat stump table featuring a lamp with a silk tie lampshade, how clever is that?
More great goodies in another fun display. Shed antlers are featured in many art pieces, and Kate's great choices in western art and decor are shown throughout the shop.
Antiques cozy up to new artistic creations of wood, stone, ceramic and metal. There are truly some unique pieces here to surprise and delight you. Before you make the long drive up to Crater Lake, take some personal time and visit Shady Kate's Boutique. Or if you're on your way back from the Lake, stop by and browse to give your day a perfect little respite.
This weekend, August 14th and 15th, is the Shady Cove River Artwalk featuring over 100 artists and craftspeople in exhibits down by the river. Shady Kate's will have exhibits too, with booths by more artisans. I will be in Kate's yard with my daughter in our "Make the Best of Things" booth, which is more like a little shop. If you're in the area, stop on by. The Artwalk promises to be another great summer festival, with plenty to see, do and experience. You will be glad you stopped by!