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Lake Oswegos Festival of the Arts runs June 21-23


Circle June 21 through 23 on the calendar so you won’t miss the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.

This much anticipated event focuses on art exhibits, performances and education and takes place at Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival and since celebrations usually include food, organizers of the festival chose culinary inspired art as the theme of the special exhibit. Spoon: Culinary Inspired Art will show how everyday things can be works of art.

The festival includes a juried Artist’s Vision exhibit of the work of 30 artists, all of whom have been past exhibitors at the festival. In honor of the 50th anniversary, these artists have created 50 art pieces on 24-inch by 24-inch birch panels.

With more than 1,000 pieces submitted by individual artists, the Open Show at the festival is the largest unjuried show in the Pacific Northwest. Don’t miss the Field to Feast exhibit portion of the Open Show; each piece in this gallery is created with the food theme in mind.

The Art in the Park, formerly called the Fine Arts Crafts Faire, will take place in George Rogers Park and includes 124 booths filled with fine art and fine craft in 13 categories.

A new event this year is the Cultural Tapestry Dinner on June 22. This dinner, served alfresco in the lower level at George Rogers Park, features Native American cuisine and is a benefit for the Lakewood Center for the Arts. Tickets are $85 each and can be purchased by calling 360-576-4046.

More food, and beer and wine, is available at George Rogers Park and on the lawn on Lakewood Center.

Kids Day is Friday, June 21, and organizers have planned a full day of live music, performances, crafts, games and food from noon to 4 p.m. Don’t miss the “kindle rock” performance of Johnny and Jason at noon, dance by The Academy of Ballet and Dance Arts at 1:15 p.m., B.J. the Clown at 2 p.m., Maher’s Irish Dancers will perform at 3 p.m. and at 4 p.m. see a free performance of “The Tortoise versus the Hare,” featuring local children directed by Missoula Children’s Theater.

Festival hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free though a $5 donation per person or $10 per family is encouraged to help defray expenses. \

Free shuttle service is available from Lake Oswego Junior High, Lakeridge High School and Marylhurst University. A no-host bike corral will be located at George Rogers Park; bring your own lock.

The official festival program will be inserted into next week’s Lake Oswego Review and the West Linn Tidings. For more information, call 503-636-1060.