Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

2013 Open Show - FAQ


Festival of Arts logoOpen Show registration is one day only: Sunday June 16, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Event date: June 21, 22 & 23, 2013.  Click here for Google Map Directions 



Open Show…just the facts...or how to enter the Open Show with grace and charm…

Click here to download a PDF copy of this FAQ
click here beginning May 1, 2013 for the Open Show contract/registration form for 2013


Registration is on Father’s Day … every year.  We are open from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

We are not available at any other time to accept artwork. If you are not available, please send a friend or family member with your work and completed forms.

Please do not bring work that has been copied from another artist, a published photograph (unless you took the photo), or duplicated on copy machine or computer printer. Also, please no artwork from or created in a class. A giclee of a watercolor on watercolor paper does not count as an original piece of art.  

Please do not bring artwork that has been displayed at the Lake Oswego Festival in the past. Bring work that is two years old or younger.

Dos & Don’ts 


  • Do come between 2:30-3:30 for there usually isn’t a line.
  • Do have someone else drive so you can take the artwork into be registered while your friend parks the car.
  • Do print 3 copies of each registration form (for each piece)  after you have filled it out so all you have to do is hand it to the volunteer.
  • Special note: There is a limit of 12 pieces per artist.
  • Do make sure that everything is spelled correctly, the price is right, and the information is indeed of the piece that you are bringing for exhibition.
  • Do not come before 1:00 and expect to be registered. We begin set up at 6:00am after the Rotary Lobster Feed and Auction which happens the night before registration.  The tent has to be pressure washed, furniture removed, the panels placed, secured, and touched up with new paint. The 3 regis-tration teams come in at 12:00 to be trained so that registration goes smoothly for all.
  • Do not bring wet paintings or assemblages if the glue is not set.  Plan ahead and have everything ready 2 weeks before your deadline.
  • Do not plan on leaving your car in the parking lot while you are registering. We have volunteers to help carry the art and place it in a holding area while you are parking.


Hanging and Framing

The panels are 8 feet tall by 4 feet wide. We place some of them together to create a wider hanging surface, but we cannot hang anything taller than 8 feet unless it is a hanging sculpture, which is hung from a beam in the tent. We cannot hang anything on the panels heavier that 15 pounds.

  • Do use picture-hanging wire.
  • Do place your wire approximately ¼ of the distance from the top of the frame to prevent tipped paintings or the wire showing above the frame.
  • Do pull the wire taunt so it has no slack and tie knots around each eye screw allowing about 2-2 ½ inches of wire to be curled around the taunt wire. That insures that it doesn’t unfurl while hanging.
  • Do use screw eyes that are long enough to hold in your wooden stretcher bars. If the wire can pull them out of the frame with a small tug…they are too short.
  • Do use glass or Plexiglas that fits your frame. If it is too large or too small it presents problems with your frame.
  • Do make sure that your glass frames arrive safely without chips or cracks. We cannot accept damaged frames and/or glass.
  • Do paint the canvas sides if you are not framing the piece… this is called a wrapped canvas.
  • Do use dowels or poles if you are exhibiting textiles. Please include ribbon or hanging fiber to tie from each end plus any special instructions.
  • Do contact Jan (Open Show Curator) at the registration if you have a diptych or a triptych so that she is aware of pieces that need to stay together. These are pieces that are priced as one on one contract.
  • Do not use string, garden wire, or anything other than picture hanging wire.
  • Do not bring any piece to be hung on a panel that weighs over 15 pounds.
  • Do not use zipper hangers, uni-frames or frames with hangers hooked into the cardboard backing.
  • Do not expect your pieces to hang together in one area. The curation team takes special consideration to make each piece of art look its best with like colors, shapes, and mediums.



  • Do bring your own pedestal if available. Write your name on the bottom so it goes home with your too.
  • Do plan on driving to the sculpture drop off area if the work is heavy and large. Please make an appointment with Jan (the Curator). Bring help to unload. 
  • Do contact Jan if you need to place the sculpture due to size, weight or fragility.


Photography and Computer Generated Art

The Festival realizes that photography and computer generated art is developed and printed on a printer. Giclees are accepted for photography and computer graphic pieces. Prints or giclees of original art work not computer generated are not allowed. Photography and computer generated art work should be framed in the same manner as other 2-dimensional art. The category should be identified on the registration form.


Hand drawn prints are welcome at the festival. Wood cuts, intaglio, linoleum, etchings, and monotypes.  Mechanical prints made on a copy machine or giclees are not accepted.


Please provide your own locked case for display. We regret that we are unable to open cases for patrons to try on pieces during the Festival. 

Pickup of artwork

  • All art must be picked up at assigned times at registration: Sunday – June 24, 2012, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM - OR - Monday – June 25, 2012, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Important: You must have your claim check and parking pass.


Click here to download a PDF copy of this FAQ 

click here  beginning May 1, 2013 for the Open Show contract/registration form for 2013



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, celebrating its 50th year in 2013, is a major regional non-profit arts event, presenting the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists from all facets of the art world. The Festival enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to the weekend that are accessible to everyone. Documented numbers show that the Festival attracts 25,000 visitors during the three days of the event. The Festival provides three major exhibition opportunities for artists during the event: The Open Show (an unjuried exhibition open to Northwest artists), The Artist’s Vision (a juried exhibit open to Northwest artists) and the Craft Faire (open to artisans and exhibitors of fine craft work throughout the U.S.).

The Festival, a sub division 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.




2013 Open Show Application. Download the registration PDF beginning in May 2013

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