Washougal artist’s work selected for art festival poster

Tamara Dinius' artwork, 'The Swimming Hole' will be featured on promotional materials for the 2022 Washougal Art Festival

The Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA) has selected Washougal multimedia artist Tamara Dinius’ artwork, “The Swimming Hole,” to be the featured artwork on the 2022 Washougal Art Festival poster and promotional materials. 

The festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, at Reflection Plaza in downtown Washougal.

“Each year, the (WACA) board selects a local artist to provide a work that is ‘Washougal inspired’ for our use in festival posters, social media, flyers and advertising,” WACA volunteer Rene Carroll said. “We are honored to feature Tammy, who looks to the world around her to create art that reflects hope, kindness, self-connection, joy and love.”

According to Dinius, “The Swimming Hole” was inspired by visits to the Washougal River by her husband, young daughters and Black Labrador.  

“They had a special spot where they enjoyed throwing sticks for the dog and rambling over the rocks along the river,” she said. “For me, the Washougal River Road during the summer is magical. The dappled sun comes through the leaves of the trees lined along the river road and I am lost in my surroundings.”

Dinius has been painting since 2013 and soon began to realize that her art was impacting people.  

“Whether inspiring them or bringing them joy, I started adding my own quotes to my art,” she said. “When I see the impact my art and words have on another person, I am touched beyond measure.” 

WACA leaders are accepting applications for the festival until Sunday, May 1. Festival and entry information is available at washougalarts.org.