Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is Full of Surprises

SurpriseThere is a reason the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts has been around for over 50 years.

Actually, there is more than one reason, but in looking over the schedule for this year’s rendition, I’d have to say it has to do with the element of surprise.

This is not just a show where artists hang their work.

It is a celebration of the arts where artists hang their work, demonstrate their work, talk about their work, and invite the audience to engage in their work.

It’s not just for the stuffy art snobs…it’s also for the rest of us who know what we like when we see it or hear it but may not know why. It’s for the natural artist in our kids who just need a venue and permission to get their hands immersed in clay or their faces decorated with paint.

It’s a place where you’ll find beautiful artwork hanging on walls, mounted on pedestals, hung from ceilings or displayed in booths. But it’s also a place where you’ll find events such as these:

●Martini Mingle with the Artists (Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Lakewood Center Deck)
●Panel Discussion on The Creative Response (Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the Headlee Main Stage)
●Art Demonstrations on Playing with Paper, Totem Animals and Paper Making (check schedule for actual times and locations)
●Clay and Painting Activities for Kids (Saturday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Lakewood Center Keybank Pavillion Tent)
●Concert by Animotion featuring 80s New Wave music (Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in George Rogers Park)
●Alice in Wonderland performance by Missoula Children’s Theatre (Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in George Rogers Park)
●Costume Parade and Contest (Saturday at 2:45 p.m. in George Rogers Park)

So you see, this is not your average arts festival. It informs, entertains, engages, and surprises you year after year. Don’t miss it.

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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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