Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts 2017

10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Friday & Saturday June 23 & 24, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Thank you for your interest in our annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. The 54th annual event is scheduled for June 23, 24 & 25, 2017. 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. Lake Oswego is located 9 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The Festival 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 and craft.

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. Craft 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 2017 Special Exhibit

Beyond the Point: The fine art of colored pencil and graphite

zinnia-1b.jpgScope of the Special Exhibit
Each year the Special Exhibit strives to explore a single art medium through the display of quality and diverse work from many artists. As part of a large community celebration of art, the Special Exhibit seeks to offer insight and awareness of the featured art form to inspire and inform visitors. This year's exhibit is sponsored by The James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation and Oregon's Mt. Hood Terrotory - Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Theme for 2017
This year’s chosen medium is the pencil—both colored and graphite—dry and water-soluble. While pencils are familiar to the public, the Special Exhibit committee intends to present artwork that may astound and surprise the visitor. The work selected for display in the Beyond the Point gallery will exemplify fine art of varied subjects, styles, techniques, and materials. The exhibit will increase appreciation of this art form and its ability to convey the creative message of the artist.

Applications for this special exhibit will be available online at the end of September, 2016. We encourage artists to enter quality examples of their diverse and innovative application of colored pencil and/or graphite applied on a variety of surfaces including, but not limited to, paper, wood, stone, and board. Work may be 2D or 3D.

Tracy Frein, guest artist at the 2017 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts June 23-25Guest Artist: Tracy Frein
Tracy Frein is a Chicago based award winning Colored Pencil artist with over 15 years experience. After discovering Colored Pencil and winning his first show he has never wavered from the medium. He models his portraiture in tones of black and white on drafting film. Each value is stripped away from the surface with an eraser to expose the hidden layers as he retains a textured surface. His process could called “Drawing by Subtraction”.
Working with a limited pallet allows him to concentrate on the forms, values and shadows instead of making sure the facial colors are accurate. He works both sides of the film to create the depth that gives the illusion of distance in the subjects face and their mood.
His most recent work has thrown him on a journey to conceptualize his subjects suffering from degrees of mental illness. With his piece Parkinson’, his depiction of a lifeless swimmer being dragged down by a huge Octopus leaves the viewer compositionally intrigued and fascinated on many levels.
He has been a member of The Colored Pencil Society of America since 2002 and has served as President for the Chicago area chapter.

Mary McCarty, guest artist at the 2017 LAke Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 23, 24 & 25, 2017Guest Artist: Mary McCarty
Mary McCarty, creates graphite botanical drawings with color accents.  Her work is distinctive and easily recognized.  Like most artists, Mary has loved art all her life.  Marys’ career didn’t really start until she was 40, when she was hired by two ceramic companies.  This gave her the opportunity to write articles for magazines, publish a book and demonstrate techniques in front of large groups.  She acquired additional skills, including meeting multiple deadlines, some as far as a year ahead and public speaking skills through teaching and meeting thousands of people at company Trade Shows.

During this time Mary realized her main interest involved drawing and painting.  As a sculptor she also taught clay flower making and her interest in detailed botanical construction connected with drawing.  Mary became intrigued with the smaller details of plant life in all its’ stages.  Her work is realistic but Mary interprets what she feels is unique in the subject, striving to capture the details and qualities that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Mary is a member of Oregon Society of Artists, Oregon Woman’s Caucus of America, and North Clackamas Art Guild serving as volunteer and holding several offices.  She has been juried into many Art Shows, several galleries and will be published in “Strokes of Genius” 2014.  She also enjoys the pleasure of filling commission requests. Her work is in private collections in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.


Pat Averill, guest artist at the 2017 Lake Oswego Festival of the ArtsGuest Artist: Pat Averill
Pat has always loved drawing, and found her niche in the versatility of colored pencil. She is both a charter member and signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and has found this organization to be an amazing opportunity. She has been juried into 16 International CPSA Exhibitions, co-authored books by Walter Foster, and has been published in other books, magazines, and step-by-step kits. She has taught workshops throughout the US, and currently enjoys mentoring a group of enthusiastic artists who keep her on her toes. Her goal is to see and express heartfelt emotion shared through her art.



Be sure to see these other exhibits at the 2017 Festival:

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Craft in the Park - See Lake Oswego Festival artists at George Rogers Park, June 23-25, 2017


Artists Vision Exhibit at the 2017 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts at Lakewood Center for the Arts, June 24, 25 & 26, 2016

A Visual Chronicle of Lake Oswego 2017

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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. Lake Osweo is located 9 miles south of Portland, Orwegon. The Festival 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.