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Special Exhibit at Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts 2020 focuses on 'Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements.' What would you make?

COURTESY PHOTO  - The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Special Exhibit for the 2020 festival is titled Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements and will feature the Legos and semi-precious jewelry of Emiko Oye.

What kind of story does your art tell?

The 57th annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is seeking artists locally, nationally and internationally for three different yet distinctive, one-of-a-kind exhibits. The Lake Oswego festival strives to bring culture, both visually and musically to the community through art education. This year's annual art celebration will take place June 26-28.

¦ This year's Special Exhibit is titled "Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements."

The Special Exhibit will feature the Legos and semi-precious jewelry of San Francisco-based artist, storyteller and influencer Emiko Eye.

Curated by local artist and jeweler Leslie Zemenek, this exhibit seeks to display one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces from jewelers who consider modern day artistic philosophies, feelings, visions or cultural commentary, and apply these concepts to their work.

Artists are asked to submit up to three one-of-a-kind wearable works that communicate an idea, explore a concept or challenge a perception. Artists need not limit themselves to the use of traditional jewelry materials. All works must be accompanied by a written statement, explaining the concept behind the piece. Statements can be as short as one sentence, with a maximum length of 350 words. Both the work and the statement will be considered by the jurors.

Applications for this exhibit close Feb. 2, 2020.

¦ The Artist's Vision exhibition, based on the theme "Small Worlds," focuses on microcosmos, miniature representations of humanity, society, the world, the universe. Have you ever gazed at a dollhouse and imagined a world inside? Have you paused at the sight of a mossy patch and wondered what might live there unseen and un-regarded? Join us in celebrating the art of

exploring small worlds.

Application deadline is Feb. 16, 2020.

¦Art in the Park promotes and showcases the work of regionally and nationally recognized makers in a broad inclusive venue. Located in George Rogers Park, this show is open to artists of all persuasions who produce original, handmade, fine art and craft, traditional and contemporary makers.

The application deadline is Feb. 23.

¦The Festival of the Arts is hosted at Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park in downtown Lake Oswego. The festival includes six unique art exhibits, including more than 600 local, national and international artists, live music on two stages, performances, kids' activities, artists demonstrations and food and beverages. Admission is free to the public (donations are encouraged). The festival attracts nearly 25,000 guests each year.

Applications, deadlines and more information can be found online at lakewood-center.org.

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