'Winter Light Festival' cheered early February evenings in Southeast
The third annual Portland Winter Light Festival, inspired by events around the world, returned on the first three days of February to the place where it began – primarily, around the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).
The event, put on by the "Willamette Light Brigade", expanded to include the nearby Oregon Rail Heritage Center, and other locations elsewhere in the greater Portland area.
"The Portland Winter Light Festival is interactive, family-friendly, and is created to inspire people of all ages – by combining art and technology," remarked the event's communications manager, Michelle David.
"Each year the festival has grown, starting here at OMSI; the second year it expanded to the Zidel Marine yards across the river," Ms. David told THE BEE. "This year, we also have art and displays downtown at the World Trade Center, in the Park Blocks, and as far out as St. Johns."
"The cheerful Holiday lighting suddenly goes dark in January, and it seems like many people don't come out of the house to play until April or May!" she observed. "So, the founders and supporters create this Winter Light Festival each year – it's important to them, on some of the darkest and gloomiest days of winter, to create a free 'light hearted' event for people to enjoy – one that gets them out of their houses!"
Folks attending the venues were encouraged to don festive accessories illuminated by battery powered LEDs, electroluminescent wire, flashlights, and other glowing items.
"What I like is admiring the artistic creations, and also seeing increased engagement every year, as people think about and find ways to contribute," Ms. David remarked.