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Special Exhibit:  Fire & Water: Contrasts in Expression

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - 51st Anniversary

Lake Oswego, Oregon      
Show Dates: June 20, 21, & 22, 2014
Location: Lakewood Center for the Arts (Google Map Location
Application Deadline: February 9, 2014, 5:00 PM PST

The Call
The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is announcing the Call to Artists for the 2014 Special Exhibit, entitled Fire & Water: Contrasts in Expression. 

Scope of the Exhibit
Every artist has a vision of the work he or she intends to create. In addition, if you give any two artists one theme, you will get two very different visions. That is what makes art a dynamic, ever-exciting means of expression. Just as the artistic creation varies with the artist, so does it vary with the medium. The Special Exhibit for 2014 will extend one theme––two basic elements of nature, fire and water–to two different art forms:  (1) glass art and (2) paintings (watercolor, acrylic, and encaustic). The exhibit will be displayed in such a way to enhance the viewer’s understanding of artistic creativity.

The theme for the Special Exhibit is fire and water. 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 our world based on that element.

2013 – 2014 Calendar:

  • Application available - November 4, 2013
  • Deadline for entries - Feb. 9, 2014
  • Notification - March, 7, 2014
  • Artist contract returned - March 15, 2014
  • Delivery of accepted art - See special instructions below.
  • Event Hours – June 20 and 21: 10:00 – 9:00, June 22: 10:00 – 6:00
  • Pick up of unsold art: June 22, 6:30-7:30 pm & June 23, 10:00 am-1:00 pm



  • Jeremy Lepisto of Portland, Oregon and Canberra, Australia
  • Robert Burridge of Arroyo Grande, California
  • Jeffery Butters of Butters Gallery in Portland, Oregon



  • The show is open to all glass artists and watercolor, acrylic, and encaustic artists.


Works Eligible:

  • All work must be original and created within the last three years.
  • No work can be smaller than 8” (L) x 8” (W), excluding frame.

For Glass:  Glasswork may
-- Include kiln form, pâte de verre, fused, recycled, blown, or sculptural.
-- Be either 2D or 3D.

For Painting:  Artwork may
-- Include watercolor, acrylic, or encaustic. Encaustic may be 3D.
-- Be unframed on deep-cradled canvas or on wood panels.
-- Be framed with simple metal frames, plexiglass (not glass) and wire.

Special Instructions:

  • Indicate on EntryThingy (The Festival’s online application form) if you want your images to be used in Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts print and web promotions should your work be selected for the exhibit.
  • Artists are responsible for shipping or delivery of their artwork and, should the work not be sold, for return shipping or pick-up. Details for shipping and delivery will be included with the contract.


Entry Fee:

  • The $35.00 nonrefundable fee is good for up to three (3) pieces. Artists not accepted for inclusion may apply the fee to the Open Show entry.



  • All artwork must be for sale. The price shall be at the discretion of the artist, subject to possible review by the curators. A 40 percent commission from all sales will be retained by the Festival. Prices assigned by the artist shall include the Festival commission. All commission proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, a nonprofit organization.


Jury Process and Criteria:

  • Applications will be reviewed by a jury comprised of selected individuals from varied backgrounds who embrace the philosophy and goals of the Festival of the Arts. Artists for the Special Exhibit will be selected based on adherence to the stated theme, originality, personal voice, and technical skill.


Application Process:

Description of Work: A short statement describing the materials/process and inspiration used in the design and execution of the artwork. We find that our patrons are particularly interested in stories about the artist and specific stories about the artwork.
Statement Specific to Entry: A short statement about your interpretation of the theme of the Special Exhibit, why you selected the element you chose, or your thoughts about how your artwork captures the essence of our world based on that element.
Images: Up to three (3) digital images of your artwork. Images submitted must accurately represent original artwork to be exhibited (see image format on EntryThingy).

Payment for Application:

  • Either Paypal or check of $35 payable to Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts to be sent to:
    2014 Fire & Water Exhibit, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034



Marilyn Davis or Marabee Bertelsen, Co-Chairs of the Special Exhibit
Phone: 503-636-1060    Email:
Street address: Lakewood Center for the Arts,
368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Mailing address: Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts,
PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is an arts education event of Lakewood Center for the Arts


CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy of the 2014 Fire & Water Special Exhibit prospectus
CLICK HERE to enter with an online application 

Online applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm, Feb. 9, 2014





Mission statement: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts’ primary goal is to educate by promoting, supporting, coordinating and exhibiting the arts of the region.

The Festival of the Arts is Lake Oswego’s premier art event of the year.  It draws 25,000 attendees over the three days in two venues.  The Lakewood Center for the Arts features the Artist’s Vision, the Special Exhibit, the Visual Arts Chronicle, the Open Show, and educational exhibits. Art in the Park (formerly the Fine Arts Craft Faire) entertainment, food, beer and wine tent are located at George Rogers Park.

The Festival, which was cited as one of Sunset Magazine’s “Top Ten Events in Portland,” is promoted through advertisements in regional and local newspapers, calendar listings in national and regional publications, TV spots, public service announcements on local AM and FM radio stations, our website, and full color program. The Festival has been featured on AM Northwest and KATU. Additional publicity is channeled through the Oregon Tourism Council, the local Concierge Association, Facebook, and Twitter. Our media sponsors have included KINK 101.9 FM, KATU, CNI, and KEX 1190 AM, and the Oregonian.

The Festival, an arts education event of Lakewood Theatre Company/Lakewood Center for the Arts, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization, is committed to arts education, performance and exhibition. Contributions to the Festival are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 93-0700108.