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Festival of the Arts offering a new perspective

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The city of Lake Oswego has certainly made a name for itself as a cultural and artistic haven in recent years, especially as the city's sculpture exhibit known as the Gallery Without Walls continues to grow and prosper.

But how much do you really know about those creations that grace the streets of our city? What about the artists whose endless hard work and inspiration produce these marvelous crafts?

Mark your calendar for June 24, 25 and 26 when the entire Lake Oswego community will be given a glimpse into the creative processes of sculptors, through the cornerstone exhibit at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.

A beloved annual affair, the Festival of the Arts will be returning to George Rogers Park and the Lakewood Center for the activities.

In addition to art exhibits, the festival will feature musical performances and theatrical presentations, as well as games and activities for kids. This year's festival will include:

n The cornerstone exhibit of this year's festival, 'The Language of Sculpture,' illustrates the creative processes of sculptors, highlighting the artistic stages of their work from start to finish. This exhibit features more than 65 works by 35 artists.

n The Chronicle Exhibit will feature artwork in a diverse assortment of mediums, all of which depict the city of Lake Oswego, past and present. This year, 32 local artists contributed to this traditional exhibit.

n The Open Show, which will be located behind the Lakewood Center, will feature more than 1,000 unique pieces of art on sale from artists chosen by the directors of the festival.

n One of the most anticipated features of this year's Festival of the Arts, the three-day musical line-up promises to be a hit with attendees of all ages. Local and international artists will perform jazz, classical, blues, pop, folk and soul music, a lineup that will be highlighted by local indie pop sensation Con Bro Chill (with SAMM).

n The Fine Arts Craft Faire at George Rogers Park will be home to 124 booths filled with 116 artists. Ceramics, jewelry, textiles and photography are just a few examples of the variety of mediums that will be represented at the Faire.

n June 24 is Kids' Day at George Rogers Park, where there will be food, entertainment, and activities for the whole family. Kids' Day promises to be a fun-filled afternoon featuring a stage production of 'The Secret Garden,' performances by Tilton Gymnastics, and music and games courtesy of the Radio Disney Street Team.

n The Educational Art Exhibit, housed in the Lakewood Center for the Arts, will feature art submitted by kindergarten through high school students. The students' art will be judged for cash prizes.

n This year's Artist's Vision Juried Exhibition, also located in the Lakewood Center, will display pieces in watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and more from artists hand-picked by a juror.

n To satisfy the appetites of festival attendees, Bambuza Vietnam Bistro will be on site, offering honey-glazed chicken skewers, vegetarian wok, and spring rolls with tofu and cabbage, among dozens of other vendors.

A full program guide for the Festival of the Arts will appear in a later addition of the Lake Oswego Review, and for more information about the festival, visit www.lakewood-center.org.

- Staffers Kara Hansen Murphey and Nicole DeCosta contributed to this story.