How Lake Oswego’s Festival of the Arts Stretches Your Idea of Art

One thing you can say about the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts—it gets us to think outside the box when it comes to art. Past special exhibits have brought us book excavations, extreme felting and yarn bombing. This year the tradition continues June 22-24 with the theme: Layers: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing.

3D Printing you may ask (as do a lot of people judging by Internet discussions)? But before you rush to judgment, consider the brush, the camera, the pencil. They are all tools, just as a 3D printer, which when put in the hands of a creative thinker with an artistic vision, yield results the artistically challenged souls like me can only admire.

But this technological newcomer to the art world has definitely raised some questions. Here are a few I found on the Internet:

  • …”if 3-D printing makes creation so easy, ‘Is it art?’”
  • “We’re asking questions about the nature of the medium—what does it mean to make a printed piece, or make one by hand? What’s the difference?
  • ”…if a work of art can be made that is infinitely reproducible and totally dispossessed from human creation is it is as precious or authentic as a genuine Picasso?”
  • ”Is 3D printed art the future of creation?

I can’t guarantee you’ll like what you see in this year’s Festival of the Arts Special Exhibit, but I can guarantee that it will get you thinking!

Besides stretching your definition of what art is, here are some other things you’ll find at this year’s festival:

DEMONSTRATIONS. Catch Virtual Reality and 3D Scanning Demonstrations throughout the weekend in the Special Exhibits Gallery, and Oil Painting, Charcoal Drawing and Chinese Brush Painting demos in the big tent.

BODY SCANNING BOOTH. Shapify My Life will have a booth at the Festival where you can have yourself scanned in 3D and then order a custom figurine (mini-me) to be shipped to  you later.

Jenna and Nick Reineking have been hard at work getting their Art Bus ready to hit the road and debut at Lake Oswego’s Festival of the Arts.

ART BUS. Lake Oswego’s Festival of the Arts will be the scene for the inaugural workshop series put on by Tumblewheel Studios.  A labor of love for artist Jenna Reineking and her husband, Nick, you can find this mobile art classroom at George Rogers Park where Reineking will be giving half hour classes on Hand Building with Clay, Relief Printmaking and Paper-mậché. “Through this alternative mode of teaching,” Reineking explains, “we hope to engage as many participants as possible, and offer them the opportunity to learn by doing and the tools to express themselves creatively.”

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES. On Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. kids can enjoy special arts and craft activities, face painting, TaeKwonDo demonstrations, comedy show, dance performance, story time and a mobile DJ in George Rogers Park.

MUSIC. Enjoy music as you wander through the Open Show in the Pavilion tent or head over to George Rogers Park for afternoon/evening concerts by the likes of Wildcat Rose, Jenny Don’t and the Spurs, Crazy 8s, Julie Amici and Curtis Salgado.

TOURS. Catch a shuttle from the Lakewood Center each morning at 11:00 a.m. for a docent-led tour of Lake Oswego’s Gallery Without Walls.

THEATRE. The Missoula Children’s Theatre returns with local talent on stage presenting Blackbeard the Pirate for a free performance on Friday, June 22 at 4:00 p.m. in George Rogers Park and again on Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. with a $5 admission charge.

FOOD. There will be food booths both at the Lakewood Center and  in George Rogers Park but some local merchants are offering signature Festival dishes for you to enjoy as well including Babica Hen, Nola Doughnuts, and St Honoré Bakery.

Check online for a complete schedule. Festival hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Events are held at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street and George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street. Parking is limited so consider using the shuttle service from designated parking lots. Suggested donation is $5/person; $10-$20/family.

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15 Ways to Entertain Summertime Guests

Thanks to Lake Oswego’s natural beauty and fabulous weather, chances are if you live here, you’ll have a lot of out-of-town guests asking if they can come for a visit this summer. For ideas on how to entertain them, check out one of my previous blog posts. And here’s some additional info on events coming up in Lake Oswego and the Portland Metro area that might just fit into your plans.

Portland Beer Week, June 7-17. Portland shows up in every top 10 list of craft beer capitals in the U.S. so have fun showing it off to the beer lovers in your group. Beer Week is filled with activities including the Beer Quest and Mini Beer Fest on June 16 in north Portland where you can earn free beer pours by visiting participating breweries, and the Portland Beer and Cheese Fest also on June 16 which features 10 pairings of beer and cheese at Culmination Brewing.

Portland International Beerfest, June 22-24. Just to prove we’re not snobs, Portland also gives a nod to world class beers, like some of the Belgian ones I recently tasted on a trip to Bruges with my wife and son.

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 22-24. Make it easy and stay home while treating your guests to the sights and sounds of this major regional arts event. In its 53rd year, the festival features a juried craft fair, music, dance, theater, and multiple arts exhibits including a special focus on “Layering: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing.”

Festival of Balloons, June 22-24. Tigard hosts this annual event that features hot air balloon launches at 5:45 a.m., glowing balloons at dusk, along with a carnival, vendors, craft show and more.

World Naked Bike Ride, June 23. Portlandia fans may enjoy this quirky event that shows up on “Keep Portland Weird” roundups. What they’ll see are naked cyclists. What they may not realize is they are using nudity as a way to protest our dependence on oil and to promote all things cycling. They just happen to have found a way to have good, goofy fun while doing so.

St. Paul Rodeo, July 3-7. In its 83rd year, St. Paul’s is considered one of the nation’s top rodeos with nearly a thousand competitors. Rodeos are help every evening at 7:30 with a 1:30 matinee on July 4th.

4th of July in Lake Oswego, July 4. Our small town is not to be missed on this national holiday. Beginning with a pancake breakfast in George Rogers Park, followed by a children’s parade, pie eating contest, boat parade, and fireworks show, visitors will be entertained from morning ‘til night.

Waterfront Blues Festival, July 4-7. Featured artists this year include The Revivalists, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Beth Hart and The Mavericks. It’s considered the largest celebration of blues, soul, funk and rhythm and blues west of the Mississippi all happening on four stages. Food, vendors and fireworks round out the fun.

Portland Craft Beer Festival, July 6-8. In case your beer loving friends couldn’t make it last month, here’s another chance to taste what all the fuss is about when it comes to Portland craft beer. Held at Fields Neighborhood Park.

Howl at the Moon 5K Adventure Run, July 27. Give them something to write home about! Participants make their way through 3.1 miles of natural terrain tackling a variety of obstacles like monkey bars, plank walk, a mud pit and more before celebrating at the Barn Bash after party. Luscher Farm.

International Pinot Noir Celebration at Linfield College, July 27-29. The Willamette Valley has earned bragging rights when it comes to its Pinot Noir and seems a fitting place to host this world-class event filled with seminars, walk-around tastings, winery tours, and farm-to-table cuisine. There are three ticket choices: the full weekend (at $1,295), Passport to Pinot ($125) and Salmon Bake ($225).

Third Annual Portlandia Mermaid Parade, July 28. If any of your guests include a mermaid loving youngster, then they may want to time their visit for this family-friendly event that culminates with a beach party at Poets Beach.

Hot August Night, August 4. If you have lake access, you’ll probably have to create a waiting list for guests who want to attend this event. Entertainment this year features The Hit Machine.

Providence Bridge Pedal, August 12. File this event under “cool.” Take advantage of this chance to bike or walk on Portland’s car-free streets and bridges. Depending on the stamina of your riders there are different routes to choose from that range from 3, 5, 12 and 18 miles and cross two to nine bridges.

Collector Car and Classic Boat Show, August 18-19. This is another Lake Oswego homegrown event that takes advantage of its setting on water with a display of not only classic cars but rare classic boats. Check out one of my earlier posts on the event.

Of course, this doesn’t include Lake Oswego’s Movies in the Park, Summer Concert Series and more so be sure to sign up for weekly updates from my blog. Click the “Sign me up” button in the top right hand column.

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Find Out What Happens When 50 Artists Take to the Streets in Lake Oswego

“The Garden at Noon,” one of last year’s plein air paintings created by Romona Youngquist.

What happens when over 50 artists take to the streets? Find out in Lake Oswego on June 8-10 when the Arts Council of Lake Oswego sponsors Chronicle: Plein Air, its annual Plein Air paint out.

From sunrise to sundown, artists will bring their canvases outside to capture our city’s natural beauty in its natural light. It’s a tradition that became popular in the 1800s for several reasons thanks to the creation of more portable easels and paint tubes (instead of mixing pigment powder with oil).

But plein air painters face challenges. Consider these:

  1. Interruptions. While a painter’s studio can be a great hideaway where he or she can control who comes in or out, not so in the great outdoors. Spectators want to watch, ask questions, take photos, so the artist need to either roll with it or tune it out.
  2. Changing light. Especially here in Oregon with cloudy skies, a scene that started out in brilliant sunshine could become clouded over by afternoon. What’s an artist to do?
  3. Weather. A slight breeze can bring some unwanted natural elements to an artist’s canvas like dust, a feather, or if it’s stronger, sand and dirt.
  4. Safety. While our resident artists in Lake Oswego will probably be okay, other artists have reported having a shotgun pulled on them (the artist was trespassing in a farmer’s field), being crop-dusted while painting a wheat field, chased by a bull, and attacked by red ants.

See for yourself how artists deal with these challenges while transforming blank canvases into beautiful scenes that you can witness. According to Nicole Nathan, Executive Director of the Arts Council, Chronicle: Plein Air is “a unique opportunity for the community to delve into the artistic process and see how an idea becomes a reality.”

The public can see artists in action from sun-up to sun-down at these Lake Oswego parks and plazas: Luscher Farm, Foothills Park, George Rogers Park, Roehr Park, Sundeleaf Plaza, Millennium Plaza, Lakeview Village, and new this year, beautiful Marylhurst University.

The finished pieces will be on view June 22 through August 4 at the 510 Museum & Artspace, located at 510 1st Street, Lake Oswego with an opening reception on Friday, June 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 to 4 p.m., or by appointment.  All artwork will be available for purchase.

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Why Living in Lake Oswego Can Lead to Short Term Memory Loss (and why that’s a good thing)

Give Lake Oswegans (or most Oregonians, for that matter) one day of sunshine and gone and forgotten are the gray days, the wet and windy days, the threat of freezing rain days. We have this incredible capacity to be in the moment and as a result squeeze more joy and satisfaction out of one sunny day than a southern Californian might eek out of a whole season!

Here’s why I know it’s not just me that suffers (or should I say, benefits) from this affliction (or should I say, blessing).

●The line queuing up at the car wash when our periods of winter doldrums are interrupted by a blue sky day.

●The checkers at the grocery store who ask what my plans are for enjoying the nice weather

●The neighbors who have been missing in action all winter that suddenly appear in their yards, walking down our street, or taking a bike ride.

●The raid on flowers at Al’s Garden Center, Fred Meyer’s and other local nurseries when the temperatures rise just a bit and the ground is tillable.

●The talk about the great forecast in the locker room at my club as though a few days of sunshine are as exciting to talk about as a Blazer win.

●The crowded parking lot at Home Depot as do-it-yourselfers come out in droves to tackle the outdoor projects they’ve been putting off until good weather arrives.

●Kids that are seen walking to school in shorts and t-shirts when the day before they were bundled up in their winter sweats.

This all runs contra to the negativity bias which suggests that negative things have a greater impact (some researchers estimate three times greater) on our psychological state than positive. That would mean we’d need almost an entire summer of good weather before we could start putting some psychological distance between us and a bad winter.

Well, the researchers need to come to Lake Oswego. Because we don’t need a whole season—heck, just give us a good day…and consider us inoculated against winter doldrums completely with a week’s worth of sunny days. Catch me in the middle of a warm summer day and I’ll have no recollection of anything but that glorious sunshine beating down on me at that very moment. It may be short term memory loss but you won’t find me complaining.

You too can be blessed with this affliction should you decide to move to Lake Oswego. Let me show you around. I’ve been helping people find homes in Lake Oswego for over 25 years and I’d love to put my experience to work for you! Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website.

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Lake Oswego Housing Market is Hot as Summer Approaches

With summer around the corner, Lake Oswego is heating up and I’m not just talking about the weather.

The housing market in Lake Oswego is hot and here’s the evidence to back that forecast up.

  1. The median price of homes in Lake Oswego has gone up 12% in the last 12 months to $660,000. This compares to a historic 6% climb each year.
  2. The average listing price of homes in Lake Oswego in March of this year was $1,061,091, a slight increase from last year’s $1,036,189.
  3. The average sales price in March was $839,631 compared to $749,141 a year ago.
  4. Fifty-five homes sold in Lake Oswego in March with an average 49 days on the market. Last March 49 homes sold after spending an average of 62 days on the market.
  5. The current inventory is 3.6 months, same as last year.
  6. The entry level house in Lake Oswego is now just under the $400,000. A year ago it was $350,000. Folks who bought then have already made money on their investment.

That’s it for statistics. Let me offer some anecdotal evidence.

  1. Last month I listed a 5 bedroom 2 bath 1,680 square foot house in the McVey/South Shore neighborhood for $459,900. It received three offers and sold in one day for $15,100 over asking price.
  2. I was the sales agent on a 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath 2,201 square foot home in the Palisades neighborhood representing my clients along with three other offers. Ours was the winning bid at $60,000 over the $625,000 asking price.
  3. Higher priced homes are moving as well. A 5 bedroom 3 bath home with 3,523 square feet in the Forest Hills neighborhood sold after six days on the market for $1,425,000, just $24,000 under the asking price.
  4. I represented the buyers in the sale of a home on the Blue Heron Canal which sold for $2,850,000 before even going on the market.
  5. Another home on the Blue Heron Canal sold in 24 days for $2,600,000, just $50,000 under the listing price.
  6. I’m finding several buyers are opting out of Lake Oswego and looking into West Linn and Tualatin in order to find a house and price that would work for them…and even that proves challenging.

The bottom line is that the housing market in Lake Oswego continues to be strong due to lack of inventory. Last summer inventory did pick up and it appears that it will continue that trend this year. So if you’re thinking of moving to Lake Oswego, it’s more important than ever to work with an experienced Realtor who can match your needs with what’s available (sometimes before it even comes on the market!) I’ve been helping people move in, out and on for over 25 years and would love to put my experience to work for you! Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website.

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Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market Features New Crop of Vendors When It Opens May 19

Each year the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market yields a new crop of vendors to offer shoppers an exciting, well-rounded experience. Take a look at some of this year’s newbies:

Goodmoon Adzuki. Foods that are good for you often get a bad rap for tasting bad. Sarah Wang of Lake Oswego is out to change that. Adzuki beans, touted for their antioxidant capability as well as being a source of fiber, protein and iron, are front and center stars of her Goodmoon bean bars, snacks that combine the ancient Chinese moon cake tradition with the healthier eating habits of today’s consumer. Featuring all natural ingredients like raisins, honey, hemp seed hearts, cocoa powder, agave and organic brown rice flour, the bars are gluten, dairy and nut free so diet restricted folks can feel like they’re getting a treat!

Bread Lovers. There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh baked bread and now you can have that, thanks to kits provided by Bread Lovers. Choose from six different varieties that contain all the ingredients and instructions you need. All you do is add water and some muscle power (mixing and kneading). I’m sure vendors will be there offering baking tips and of course samples! Check here for dates that Bread Lovers will be at the market.

Joy for Bread. Speaking of bread…that’s something that gluten-free folk are in constant search of. Joy for Bread understands their pain and seeks to re-introduce them to bread that’s “worth being joyful over.” Offerings include a white loaf, mini white loaf, white and multi seed baguette as well as buns. They will be at the market every other week.

Sanctuary Produce is a no-till, no-spray family farm out of Dallas, Oregon that focuses on salad mixes, greens, tomatoes and roasted peppers.

Tonic and Bloom will be joining the market every other week encouraging visitors to “Rethink your drink.” Their specialty is hand blended energy teas with names like “Rise and Chai” and “Reishi.”

Sisters Fruit Company. This family run operation out of Cornelius offers fruit snack chips that you can enjoy guilt-free. The ingredients list is short, letting you enjoy the naturally sweet flavor of Pacific Northwest grown fruit crisp-dried according to their exclusive natural process. They’ll be on hand on selected dates.

Scratch Meats. Jeff Garritano relies on his Italian heritage, culinary travels and passion for sausage to produce handmade, locally sourced meats. He prides himself on their freshness due to the fact that he vacuum seals and quickly freezes them as soon as he’s done grinding, seasoning, stuffing, twisting and packaging. Flavors run from ethnic like Italian and Chorizo to creative seasonal like Cherry Bratwurst.

Groundwork Coffee. This Portland roaster walked away from the 2017 Golden Bean North America Roasters Competition with four awards, including a gold for their filtered coffee so they’re worth checking out. They’ll be at the market every other week with their Cold Brew.

Other vendors new to our market include Garden Bar, Birkeland Farm grass fed beef and pasture raised chicken, Blue Moon Bakery, Cardamon Hills chutney, Creperie le Bon Temps, Jimmy Tomato Italian tomato and meat sauce, Kenai Red Fish Company, Mud Dog Farm, Portland Cider Company and Tom Pilgneri Italian pastries. With many of them having rotating schedules, you’re bound to discover something new every week!

The market will be open on Saturdays, May 18 through October 13 fro 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Millennium Plaza Park at the corner of First and Evergreen. Enjoy live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as well as kids’ activities.

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Sign Up Now for Lake Oswego Summer Camps

Whether your child is a budding actor, movie maker, iGame creator, musician, athlete, dancer, engineer, chef, artist, explorer or scientist, there is a camp with his or her name on it in Lake Oswego this summer.

Between the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department and the Lakewood Center for the Arts, all bases are covered. All you have to do is sign up….and best to do so early as camps fill up fast.

LAKE OSWEGO PARKS AND RECREATION. Included in the usual lineup of preschool, kinder, art, dance, music science, Lego, tech, outdoor and sports camps, the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department has put together some new offerings. Take a look.

Little Music Makers for ages 3-5 introduces children to instruments like the piano, drums and shakers through fun games and activities. Plant the seeds for music appreciation early. Offered twice from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for two week June 18 through June 22 (#17772) and August 6 through August 10 (#17773). Fees are $120/Resident;$138/Non-Resident. Before care is offered from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for $25/week.

Miss Eve’s Princess Dance Camp for ages 3-5. Campers will learn basic ballet and get their princess-fix making wands and crowns. Week culminates with a princess party and performance. Monday through Friday, July 9 through July 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with before care available. Fees are $100/Resident; $115/Non-Resident. Class #17768.

Into the Wild Camp for ages 5-9 teachers campers wilderness survival skills from building a shelter to setting traps. Offered from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 25 through June 29. Fee is $213/Resident; $245/Non-Resident. Class #17668.

LO Explorers. While these weekly themed camps for school aged kids (ages 7-12( are offered every year, new themes are featured. Some of them include: Holy Summer Camp Batman! And Muggles Beware! Camps are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with before and after care available for an additional fee.

Teen Contemporary and Jazz Camp for ages 11-17. Dancers will work on technique, improvisation, choreography and floor week and cap the week off with a performance. Offered July 9 through July 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with after care available from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for $25/week. Fee is $127/Resident; $146/Non-Resident. Class #17789.

Wordsmith Songwriting Camp for ages 8-12. Songwriting wannabes will learn how to translate their ideas to paper whether they already know how to play the piano and/or the guitar or need to learn the basics. Offered July 16 through July 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with after care available. Fees is $147/Resident; $170/Non-Resident. Class #17793.

Reel Fishing Camp for ages 8-13. Campers will spend the mornings learning how to catch (and prepare) their lunch! Includes casting, baiting, proper placement, as well as how to clean and cook their catch. July 23 through July 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fee is $200/Resident; $230/Non-Resident. Class #17670.

Sport Ninja Warrior and Parkour Camp for ages 10-14 offers kids a chance to train with 4-time American Ninja Warrior finalist Elet Hall. They’ll learn parkour fundamentals, how to navigate obstacles, as well as circus skills. June 18 through June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fee is $294/Resident; $339/Non-Resident. Class #17583.

THE LAKEWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS will keep your resident thespians inspired with programs like the one week Kids Create-Summer Stars sessions for ages 4 through 7 beginning July 9 and running through August 17. The Sleepy Hollow Children’s Theatre Workshop and Production for ages 7-17 uses original musicals as a venue for teaching students about all areas of theatre including auditioning, staging, improvisation and directing. Check out the full schedule.

Things really pick up in the summer in Lake Oswego. Don’t miss a thing–subscribe to my blog by clicking the “Sign me up” button in the right hand column.

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