Festival of the Arts - 2015 Open Show
June 26, 27 & 28, 2015
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Friday & Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday (note new closing time)
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Largest Open Show in Pacific Northwest with over 1,000 works from 300 artists
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What you’ll find
One-thousand-plus original art works from over 300 artists in their early-, mid-, or late-careers. Images range from figurative oil painting to abstract encaustics and everything in between. The Open Show is a visual feast that draws art enthusiasts seeking the “just right” piece to adorn that empty wall at home. You’re invited to stroll through the big tent behind the Lakewood Center to enjoy the unique, creative visions of artists from Oregon and beyond.
All artists — regardless of experience, media, price, or age — are welcome to this, the largest non-juried show in the Pacific Northwest. Works from emerging and established artists hang side-by-side, making for a stimulating exploration of the many micro-galleries. Let yourself be dazzled by painting, photography, fabric, computer-generated art, sculpture, mixed media, and drawing.
Curator Bea Ogden’s goal is to create an intimate galley experience where artwork, artist, and Festival attendee are appreciated and celebrated. Bea and her Apprentice Curators organized the artwork by medium and grouped artists’ work together. She says, “The Open Show is a remarkable exhibition: designing an exhibition space that caters to a huge variety of media, while honoring each artist’s creative voice, is both challenging and inspiring.”
Three judges contributed their expertise to awarding 25 blue ribbons and 25 honorable mentions to Open Show artworks. This year’s judges are Kurt Neugebauer, Associate Director of Administration and Exhibitions, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon; Darrel Kau, instructor in the Arts & Administration Program at the University of Oregon; and Sonia Kasparian, artist and couture designer, based in Portland, Oregon.
Six demonstrations are designed for those who thirst for techniques to enhance their personal creativity or appreciation of art and the artist’s process. All demonstrations are held at Lakewood Center Umpqua Investments Pavilion Tent on the days and times noted below. Curator Ogden notes, “Art demonstrations are a great way to meet the artists, hear their anecdotes, and learn about their creative process. This year I intentionally recruited artists who work in a variety of media and employ a diverse array of techniques. Each art demonstration will be engaging and unique.”
Visual Storytelling –– Friday, June 26, 11:00 a.m.–noon
Christopher Creath will explain how to create a narrative to enrich your visual art and tell a story. You’ll discuss techniques for developing a robust backstory, scenarios, characters, environments and how to integrate these practices into your process and work flow. These techniques create a full, rich, nuanced world for your viewers, regardless of medium. Christopher (http://www.catastropher.com/) is passionate about storytelling. His fantastical surrealist landscapes and narratives evoke thought, emotion, and dialogue.
artwork: Christopher Creath, “Ladies in the River”
Elements of Texture in Watercolor –– Friday, June 26, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Painters in watercolor can create dynamic, textured patterns in their paintings by employing nontraditional techniques using herbs, legumes, salt, stones and other elements. Angela Grainger will demonstrate how watercolor pigments react, leaving beautiful patterns on the paper. Grainger (www.bluepansycottage.com) is an award winning watercolorist and instructor. Her works and commissions hang on walls throughout the United States. Former President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, member of the Painters Showcase, and juried member of the Oregon Society of Artists, Angela’s works have been awarded five People’s Choice Awards.
artwork: Angela Grainger, “Morning Hummer”
Mixed Media – Process and Technique –– Saturday, June 27, 11:00 a.m.–noon
Beverly Soasey will show ways to create texture and visual interest and discuss color and balance. She’ll share information on materials and products, how to attach objects, and what to consider when framing. Beverly’s (www.beverlysoasey.com) artwork falls in the category of mixed media/assemblage, which for her means, anything goes. There are no boundaries or formal rules on execution of materials. In a blending of objects and media, her process invites exploration and experimentation. Her process begins with the search and ends in a story. She works as the Artistic Director for the Jacobs Gallery.
artwork: Beverly Soasey, “Explorers”
Printmaking: Hand Printing Wooden Forms –– Saturday, June 27, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Josh Krute will demonstrate his printmaking processes and techniques to create relief prints of wooden forms. His demonstration will include preparing the wooden plate, inking the plate, and hand-printing the surface. He’ll show techniques and methods to reveal grain patterns, tension cracks, growth rings, and man-made alterations of wooden subjects by hand printing them onto paper with intaglio and relief inks. Josh (www.joshkruteart.com) is an upcoming printmaker who creates relief prints of Northwest tree forms. He conveys the history, essence, and man’s adaptation of a tree’s surface.
artwork: Josh Krute, “Titan”
Autoclaved Aerated Cement Sculpture –– Saturday, June 27, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Wade Baune will provide a hands-on demonstration for the public. He’ll bring four pieces in varying stages of completion and provide extra sculpting tools and concrete for people to work with. Wade (http://wadebaune.com/) is a Portland sculptor. He thinks of his artwork as an idea that grows and transforms with every strike and scrape of his chisel. He has a plan or an image in his mind’s eye. Then each piece evolves into its own organic form. He strives to take you into a work of his creation and to help you travel beyond its edges. He is inspired by nature.
artwork: Wade Baune, “Young at Heart ”
Visual Thinking Strategies & Curator Talk –– Sunday, June 28, 11:00 a.m.–noon
Beatrice Ogden will dedicate the first half of the workshop to Visual Thinking Strategies, which was developed in museum education. It is used in both formal and informal educational environments to help people engage deeply with works of art. The second half will be an interactive Curator Talk with the Open Show Curator. Three questions––“What do you see?” “What makes you say that?” and “What more can we find?” ––were strategically developed to encourage audiences to engage in critical thinking and group problem solving. Beatrice Ogden (cloudbreakart.com) of Portland, Oregon is a photographer, sculptor, and fiber artist with many years of exhibition design experience. Her work incorporates found objects with remix ideology and explores concepts of space and representation. Ogden is the Open Show Curator for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts and runs an independent arts organization, Cloud.Break.
artwork: Beatrice Ogden, Untitled
Curatorial Assistants are on hand to answer questions and assist with your art purchases. Enjoy the show and the breadth of talent and creativity before you.
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