Lake Oswego, 2016.  The Festival of the Arts in Lake Oswego offers three days of activities for kids and adults, like the Missoula Children’s Theater’s performance of “Rumpelstiltskin”. From June 24th – 26th the festival will attract an estimated 25,000 visitors to George Roger’s Park who come to see art exhibits, food booths, a Craft Faire and special juried show of art and photography.

The bees! What more can be said? See the Missoula Children's Theatre show of Rumpelstiltskin on Friday 4 PM and Saturday 10 AM.

See the Missoula Children’s Theatre show of Rumpelstiltskin on Saturday 10 AM.

Liz Hayden and Mary Turnock tell visitors about Lakewood Theatre Company and all the shows and classes on tap for this summer and fall.

Liz Hayden and Mary Turnock tell visitors about Lakewood Theatre Company and all the shows and classes on tap for this summer and fall.

Lakewood Board members Don Plumb and Bridget Smith welcome the crowds to George Rogers Park.

Lakewood Board members Don Plumb and Bridget Smith welcome the crowds to George Rogers Park.

Hours are 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Friday & Saturday and 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday. For more information and a complete event schedule, visit www.lakewood-center.org or call 503-636-1060.

There’s a special exhibit called Chasing Paper. Organizers explain, “This 53rd annual special exhibit, titled “Chasing Paper”, will highlight all art forms of paper from papier-mâché, book excavations, recycled to 3D sculpture. A talented group of artists spanning the US, from Massachusetts, Washington, California and Oregon will be onsite to give lectures and hands-on demos.”

Highlighted Artists Include:

  • James Allen – Featured on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat, book excavator extraordinaire, explains his process. “Each Book Excavation begins by cutting a hole in the cover of a book with a scalpel or x-acto blade. I cut my way through the pages selectively keeping fragments of images and words to create a composition using the content of the book as it emerges.”
  • Known collectively as Times4 – The project was conceived and created by Anne Greenwood, Diane Jacobs, Rachel Siegel and Shu-Ju Wang – to inspire reverence and increase awareness of the intimate relationship between people and forests. See a similar installation in the lower level of Lakewood Center.
  • Teacher and artist, Katie Higgins-White from Massachusetts will showcase her linocuts and 3D cut paper. Sold all over the nation on Etsy, see her works up close and personal at the Festival.

Parking is extremely limited. The Festival offers a complimentary shuttle system (courtesy of Mercedes Benz of Wilsonville) from designated lots. Shuttle information here. There is also a no-host bike corral at George Rogers Park. Bring your lock!

From The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts:

The festival is a program division of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

The Festival of the Arts takes place at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park, both on State Street in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon USA.

In the park, you will find a juried Craft Faire of 110 booths featuring fine arts crafts, a delightful variety of foods at the Food Court, a wine and beer pavilion, and a variety of musical entertainment on the Park Entertainment Stage. The park also features Family Day Activities, and ongoing demonstrations by the artisans of their craft.

At the Lakewood Center for the Arts, several different art exhibits are featured. The largest exhibit is the Visual Arts Open Show with over 1,100 pieces of art submitted by artists from all over the region. In addition, the Festival also presents a Special Juried Exhibit of fine artwork as well as a series of hands-on arts activities. The Festival also partners with the Lake Oswego School District to present a high quality K-12 exhibit and the Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts to provide the Lake Oswego Arts Chronicle, an invited visual art exhibit.

Mission Statement

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts’ primary goal is to educate by promoting, supporting, coordinating, and exhibiting the arts of the region.

History

The Festival was originally started by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and moved under the umbrella of the Lakewood Center for the Arts 20 years ago, as an annual activity of the Center. It is sustained by valuable partnerships with the City of Lake Oswego, Clackamas County Tourism and Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, the School District, small and large businesses, the “Friends of the Festival,” plus more than 500 volunteers who work throughout the year and the weekend to make the Festival the success it is.

The Festival, a sub division of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts center, is committed to arts education, performance and exhibition. Contributions to the Festival are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 93-0700108.

This is a weekend to experience, to be educated and to enjoy!

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