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2016 Lake OSwego Festival of the Arts at Lakewood Center for the Arts


10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Friday & Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday

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Special Exhibit: Chasing Paper | Visual Chronicle of Lake Oswego | Artist's Vision Exhibit |

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Thank you for your interest in our annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. The 53rd annual event is scheduled for June 24, 25 & 26, 2016. There are events scheduled at Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park.

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The Festival is a non-profit event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts. Click here to make a contribution. THANK YOU for your support!

Event Profile: The Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Attracting some 25,000 visitors during the three days of the event, the Festival includes several art exhibits, food booths, music, and fine art crafts.

The Festival is held in the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego and George Rogers Park. It features multiple art exhibits, music, dance and demonstrations. The special exhibit is housed at Lakewood Center. Other art exhibits (Open Show, Lake Oswego Chronicle, Artist's Vision and High School Art Exhibit) are also located at Lakewood Center. Art in the Park, with more than 110 artists, is located at George Rogers Park across the street from Lakewood Center.

There will be hands-on arts activities, demonstrations, educational displays and the popular Happy Hour on the deck at Lakewood on Friday and Saturday afternoons provides an opportunity to meet and talk with friends.

About the 2016 Special Exhibit

Chasing Paper

James Allen, "Fashion," guest artist in the special exhibit Chasing Paper at the 2016 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego, OregonPaper artists display surprising visions using paper.

In a digital world, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts takes a refreshing new look at a classic and essential medium. Paper. This 53rd annual special exhibit, titled, “Chasing Paper” will highlight all art forms of paper from book excavations, recycled to 3D sculpture.

A talented group of artists spanning the US, from Massachusetts, Washington, California and Oregon will be onsite to give lectures & hands-on demos.

Celebrate the pursuit of artistic expression and the creative properties of paper by starting your exploration on a pathway through a woodland forest created with paper. The tree-lined entrance to Chasing Paper lends a sense of wonder, as it is an installation piece done by Times4, four artists that came together to create this statement piece. Paper is at once familiar and mysterious, simple and complex, fragile and strong. It is made and manipulated into surprising and delightful creations in the chase to stretch the boundaries of paper as an art form.

As you explore this year’s Special Exhibit, you will see traditional techniques such as paper making and quilling, to the cutting edge creations of sculpted books to larger than life forests. Paper craft techniques have a long history with roots going back many centuries to Europe and Asia.

Beth Yazahari at the 2016 Lake Oswego Festival of the ArtsPaper artists of today allude to the roots of paper making from papyrus, but are not limited to pulp exclusively made from plant products. Many artists make and pigment their own paper using natural components. Hence, the exhibit seeks to explore the unconventional use of this commonplace material in producing extraordinary art through its manipulation. To help showcase the possibilities of paper, invited artist James Allen will demonstrate his technique for creating book excavations on Friday & Sunday at noon. Beth Yazhari will share techniques for how she assembles her lovely beaded paintings on Saturday at 2:00.

This elegant and vibrant art form shows diversity through methods such as sculpting, casting, excavating, folding, cutting, weaving, and collage. Curated by Marilyn Davis, this exhibition holds a focus on the dynamic metamorphosis of the material with all of its fragility and flexibility.

This exhibit is sponsored by:

Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory - Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs

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Be sure to see these other exhibits at the 2016 Festival:

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Art in the Park - See Lake Oswego Festival artists at George Rogers Park, June 24, 25 & 26, 2016


Artists Vision Exhibit at the 2016 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts at Lakewood Center for the Arts, June 24, 25 & 26, 2016

A Visual Chronicle of Lake Oswego 2016 

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Click the below image to see a short video clip with scenes from our event in 2014:


About the Festival of the Arts: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is an arts education event of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. It is held the weekend after Father's Day each year and attracts 22-25,000 people. Contributions to the Festival are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 93-0700108.

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.

Location/Support: The Festival takes place at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park, both on State Street in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon USA. It is sustained by valuable partnerships with the City of Lake Oswego, Clackamas County Tourism and Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, the Lake Oswego School District, small and large businesses, the "Friends of the Festival," plus more than 500 volunteers who work throughout the year and the weekend to make the Festival the success it is.