51st annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts set for June 20-22

Celebrating its 51st year, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts will be showcasing a special exhibit, titled “Fire & Water: Contrasts in Expression.” The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts will be June 20, 21 and 22.

The festival has grown to include an open art show of more than 1,400 works of fine art by more than 400 artists in multiple exhibits. The festival includes an open show featuring emerging and established artists, several juried exhibits of 2-D and 3-D work, and a juried art in the park exhibit featuring more than 110 booths displaying fine arts and fine crafts. The event attracts 22,000 to 25,000 people who enjoy a performing art series with music in the park, special hands-on activities, artist demonstrations and a children’s art and performance venue.

The festival, an arts education event of Lakewood Center for the Arts, is held in the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego.

Artists are encouraged to review the information and applications for four exhibits now available online at

Special Exhibit: Fire & Water: Contrasts in Expression — application deadline is Jan. 20.

Each year the festival showcases a different type of art for its cornerstone special exhibit. This year’s special exhibit will extend one theme — two basic elements of nature, fire and water — to two different art forms: glass art and paintings (watercolor, acrylic and encaustic). Artists are asked to contemplate these two basic elements of nature.

They are encouraged to select one element and, using their medium, create an insight into the essence of the world based on that element. The exhibit will encourage viewers to directly compare and contrast the visions of two artists.

Art in the Park — application deadline is Jan. 28.

An outdoor booth show in George Rogers Park open to artists who produce original handmade fine art and craft. This year’s hours have changed; those artists wishing to may close their booths at 7 p.m.

Artist’s Vision Juried Exhibit, “Tiny Vision,” — application deadline is March 7.

The Artist’s Vision Juried Exhibit, now in its 15th year at the festival, has been a popular venue for both emerging and established artists in 2-D and 3-D arts. This year’s exhibit features small intimate artwork, any subject matter, with a maximum size of 18 inches on a side.

The Open Show Exhibit — Registration is 1 to 4 p.m., June 15, only.

This is one of the largest shows of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The show displays work from emerging and established artists. Everyone is welcome without a jury process. No artist may submit more than seven pieces.

The 2014 festival co-chairwomen are Sue Smith and Lois Suwol. For more detailed information, call 503-636-1060, email the festival at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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