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Program guide is in the Review today
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Get ready to unleash your imagination.

Catch a theater performance, concert and purchase art of all different mediums at the 45th annual Festival of the Arts taking place from June 20 to 22 in Lake Oswego.

A Festival of the Arts program guide is included in today's edition of the Lake Oswego Review, and it's not a bad idea to plan ahead.

The festival, which will be held at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park on State Street in downtown Lake Oswego, promises to offer art in some form for everyone:

* The Special Exhibit Painting with Fire: Wood Fired Ceramics will be the largest gathering of wood-fired ceramics ever assembled in Oregon, featuring the works of 100 leading regional, national and international artists. Lectures, displays, and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the three-day festival.

Attendees will learn why this 1,500-year-old art form using natural elements is still utilized today.

Displays will feature images of the artists' thermally insulated ovens - called kilns - as well as historical explanations and the environmental effects of wood firing.

And then there's the pottery, of course.

* The Chronicle Invitational Art Exhibit will combine 40 noted regional artists to express their own ideas and visions of Lake Oswego in different media.

* Fine Arts Craft Faire of 110 booths with fine arts crafts, musical entertainment, a variety of foods, wine and beer pavilion and art available for purchase will take place at the park.

* The Open Show - located in the Wells Fargo Pavilion tent behind the Lakewood Center - will house more than 1,000 pieces of art crafted by 600 artists.

Anything from garden art, glass works, quilts and paintings on canvas will be displayed at the show.

* Kids Day on Friday afternoon, hundreds of youngsters will gather at the park for music, magic, gymnastics and a puppet theater performance. And the Missoula Children's Theatre will perform 'The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' on stage at dinnertime.

* The Young Artists at Work exhibition will display pieces from students in kindergarten through high school at the Lakewood Center.

* The Juried Art Show is the only exhibit where the artists submit slides of their work in advance to be chosen for the show. And this year, 94 artists submitted more than 260 slides and 32 artists were chosen.

For more information, visit www.lakewood-center.org .