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Computer-generated art will be the featured form at Festival of the Arts
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Artist/illustrator Tyson Mangelsdorf created this piece titled “Radioman.” Mangelsdorf will be one of the attending artists at this year’s Festival of the Arts.

Lake Oswego's upcoming Festival of the Arts will be highlighted by a unique and state-of-the-art exhibit, which will be one of the first of its kind displayed in the Northwest.

PIXEL: Artists Who Use The Computer will premiere at the 44th annual festival this June. The exhibit will give those attending the festival the opportunity to view digital works of art from artists all over the country on a number of computer monitors.

Then, if a particular piece stands out, it can be purchased instantly and printed on high-quality archival paper with a digital press. The works will all be limited editions as only 10 copies of each piece of art will be made available.

'There have been other digital art displays in the Portland area but what makes this unique is the inclusion of on-demand printing,' said Lakewood Center for the Arts Director Andrew Edwards.

Individuals in attendance will simply be able to flip through numerous pieces of unique art and have designs available for purchase from artists living all around the globe, available at their fingertips.

The idea for the exhibit came from Lakewood Center board member Malcolm Mathes, who had connections with a number of local digital artists.

Portland-area digital artists Mark Fearing and Jeanette Pelster will be the curators of the exhibit.

Digital art is a rapidly growing medium as many current artists are combining traditional techniques with computer technology to create a wide variety of fascinating pieces.

An impressive collection of artists will also be in attendance at the festival with works for sale. There will also be demonstrations during the event to enlighten audience members.

'One of the primary missions of the Festival of the Arts has also been education. I think this is an interesting foray into the new tools artists are using. Some very interesting work is being done right now. (Digital art) is something that's emerging all over the country,' Edwards said.

A complete list of the artists who will be attending this year's festival is available at www.lakewood-center.org.

'(The artists) are leaders in their fields. It's a fascinating array of people,' Edwards said.

This year's Festival of the Arts will run from June 22 to 24 in downtown Lake Oswego.