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"I get awards from all over the place, often from people I doesn't know well.

"This one meant more to me than most because it came from a community I still hold dear to my heart."

~Fred Oldfield, August 11, 2011

 

 

 

 



Fred Oldfield Honored at 40th Anniversary of Art Festival
Photos by Stephanie Merrival
SJ Merrival Photography

      August 11, 2011 - by Dixie A. Walter: During the celebration of the Lions Art Festival 40th anniversary it was Fred Oldfield's turn to be surprised and honored the historical society. Here Fred awaits whatever is coming in a golf cart driven by Lions First Vice-President Kirk Heinz. Fred has attended the festival for the 40 years of its existence.
     Fred, 93, is an internationally famous western artist who has the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center located at the Puyallup Fair Grounds. There he gives art lessons among other events. Unlike many artists, Fred, a genial, affable man is generous with his artistic expertise giving technique tips to aspiring and established artists alike.
     Fred, who lived in the Ashford area for many, many years was the first big name artist to sign on for the Lions Art Festival and helped promote the happy event for the past four decades. His daughter, Joella Oldfield, manages most of the business end of Fred's enterprises has been art director of the festival for over a decade. She graduated from Eatonville High School in 1963 and enjoys meeting old friends and classmates during the festival.

     Bob Walter, president of the historical society presents Fred with clock in a box - which is inscribed on the cover with, "Fred Oldfield - Eatonville Art Festival "Grandfather" - Whose artistry and Mentorship are Timeless."


    

 

     Cowboy Fred who was totally surprised by the acknowledgement was touched to be given the award. Later Fred said, "I get awards from all over the place, often from people I doesn't know well. "This one meant more to me than most because it came from a community I still hold dear to my heart." Everyone loves Fred and he loves them right back.
    

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