The arts take center stage during Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

Lake Oswego is a small town that thinks it can and does. Entering its 48th year, it will play host to the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts June 24, 25, and 26, considered a major regional arts event and one of the centerpiece programs put on by the Lakewood Center for the Arts. Featuring a cornerstone exhibit this year on “The Language of Sculpture,” visitors will have a chance to explore sculpture through lectures, displays and demonstrations.

Our daughter, Riley, (second from left in rear) in her not-quite-starring role in the 1997 festival production of Pinocchio

The Festival is truly a celebration of all the arts, however, with not only visual arts on display, including an open show of over 1000 pieces and a student exhibit, but also musical entertainment, a children’s play put on by Missoula Children’s Theatre, Kids’ Day featuring hands-on activities and a craft faire featuring 116 artists. Activities take place both at the Lakewood Center at 368 State Street as well as George Rogers Park nearby at the corner of State and Ladd Streets.

When our kids were growing up, the Festival was one of the harbingers of summer. My wife and I would take them to George Rogers Park to have their faces painted, their imaginations stretched and their curiosity piqued. This year’s schedule promises to do the same for the up-and-coming generation with demonstrations and a workshop by Thor Myhre, a found art sculptor, and appearance by Radio Disney. My oldest daughter’s claim to fame is garnering a role in Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Pinocchio. To this day she can still rehearse her lines, “Mama! Mama!” as one of Gepetto’s dolls. And all my kids remember the Yo Yo water balloon demonstration we watched, after which we purchased enough to serve as party favors for my son’s birthday that year.

More than 25,000 visitors are expected to attend the Festival over the course of its three day span. It has grown in size and stature over its 48 year history thanks to that volunteer power that drives programs like the village baskets mentioned in an earlier post, with over 500 helpers as well as the support of local businesses and government agencies. Though only 36,000 strong, the city of Lake Oswego shows it has what it takes to leave its artistic mark on the region with a festival that offers sights and sounds to feed the artistic spirit in each of us.

Click here for a schedule of Festival events.

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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1 Response to The arts take center stage during Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

  1. Pingback: 5 Reasons Why the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is Still Fabulous at 50 | 52 Reasons to Love Lake Oswego

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