The 50th annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, to be held June 21-23, 2013 at Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego Oregon, will feature Spoon: Culinary Inspired Art, a unique exhibit of art all sharing a culinary inspiration, as well as live musical entertainment, family activities, food booths, demonstrations, and additional juried and open show arts and fine crafts exhibits.
Festival organizers, drawn to the idea of feasts as a unifying means of celebration, saw the many ways artists find food-related inspiration: from the delicacy of a teapot or truffle, to the texture of steel in a kitchen, even something as commonplace as a spoon.
“The language of creation that exists in the kitchen is the same as that in the art studio,” said Mike Suri, a Portland-based artist who will exhibit at this year’s festival. “With this nourishment in mind I work with ingredients of wood and steel,” he added.
Beyond the Special Exhibit, a juried Art in the Park show in George Rogers Park will feature more than 100 artists in more than a dozen different media, all in a relaxed park setting. The Visual Arts Open Show, in Lakewood Center, will feature more than 1,100 pieces of art submitted by artists from throughout the Northwest. Lakewood Center will also showcase exhibits of juried artwork, an exhibit from the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, and a K-12 school exhibit recognizing young artists. Commemorating the Festival’s 50th year, a Gold Exhibit will highlight works from artists who’ve also shown in previous years.
More than a dozen live music acts will perform, satisfying a wide range of tastes. Artists booked to date include party pop band Con Bro Chill and concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer. Last year’s festival attendees enjoyed Quarterflash, Pickwick, Norman Sylvester, Duffy Bishop, and the Stafford String Quartet, among others.
The Festival has a range of children’s activities throughout the weekend, highlighted by Kids Day on Friday, June 21, with interactive entertainment, arts and crafts, demonstrations and performances.
To help fuel the enjoyment of art inspired by food, a range of booths will serve up entrées and lighter fare, as well as award winning regional beer and wines.
The 2013 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts will be June 21-23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm Sunday. The Festival is held at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego, Oregon and George Rogers Park, located across from Lakewood Center. Most events are free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is encouraged.
The Festival of the Arts, in its 50th year, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts institution operated by a volunteer committee of over 45 art professionals and community leaders, under the artistic and financial supervision of the Lakewood Center for the Arts.