Annual LO art-music extravaganza keeps things 'fresh' and 'vibrant,' Andrew Edwards says

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - From right, Megan Austin, Ryen Krup, Kori Krup, and Tristan Krup have fun picking out some artwork at the crafts fair during the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts just celebrated its 53rd year this past weekend, but the show seems to be getting younger.

New artists every year lend a fresh look to the show, organized by Lakewood Center for the Arts, which is why this town deserves the title “Lake Oswego, the City of Arts,” says Andrew Edwards, executive director of the Lakewood Center. Edwards says the event is so big it drew 25,000 art lovers to the city on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That’s 5,000 more than last year.

“Our art was really fresh and vibrant,” Edwards says. “We had many new artists showing their work. We had a fabulous event.”REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lee and Emerson White have fun just relaxing and taking in the event.

Being fabulous is the goal of every event, and LOFOA 2016 really struck a chord with fine art lovers, who bought 155 pieces of artwork, and people who just like to walk around and look at cool stuff. They could ramble the halls of Lakewood Center or amble over to George Rogers Park to experience the joy of art.

Like at the Chronicle Exhibit. Jackie MacGregor has been active with LOFOA for two decades, and she noted lots of happy faces on Friday.

“This exhibit is getting bigger every year,” MacGregor says. “We’re seeing a lot of really high-quality art and seeing a lot of emerging artists.”REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Will Siebers gets ready to enjoy some pizza.

Robert Tomlinson, curator for the Artist’s Vision Exhibit, says the quality of his show is “very high and consistent.”

“We’re top heavy in a good way with painting,” Tomlinson says.

At the Open Show, Selena Jones and her talented, energetic staff of young folks merely had to hang 1,066 pieces of art in one day, and they did a splendid job.

“People are really happy with the layout,” says Jones, who was curating the show for the second time. “We’re getting a lot of fun reactions.”

A lot of amazed reactions were happening at Chasing Paper, the Special Exhibit. Some of the work was not highly sophisticated, just fun, with many paper plates with Crayola drawings on them strung from the ceiling. Yet, there was also avant-garde art such as paper dresses, paper furniture and a tea set plastered with paper.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - John Walker checks out the stainless steel sculpture by Julian Voss Andrea at the Arts Chronicle Exhibit.

One intriguing piece was by James Allen with his “book excavation.” His work, entitled “Fashion,” was the kind of art the people looked at for a long, long time. With just a surgical knife Allen carved out a book with several dimensions.

“People are amazed at his creativity,” says Marilyn Davis, longtime exhibit curator. “They didn’t know what to expect. James didn’t add or change anything. He just revealed it.”

“His work is like Michelangelo,” volunteer Jo Reimer says. “James is able to visualize what is in a book just like Michelangelo could visualize what was inside a piece a marble.”REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Clara Arana checks out the special exhibit at the Lakewood Center.

Davis persuaded Allen to come to LOFOA 2016, and as she expected, “He was absolutely amazing.”

But after all, Davis says, “Every year people are surprised.”

While art was edifying everyone at Lakewood Center, folks at George Rogers Park were getting funky and happy with a wide variety of music provided by two Oregon Music Hall of Famers, and also Lake Oswego residents, Danny Schauffler and Marc Baker. The audience was treated to the likes of Chicago boogie man Norman Sylvester, country swingers Pete Krebs and the Portland Playboys, Portland “roots” scene frontrunners the Freak Mountain Ramblers, bluesy rocker Ellen Whyte and many more. REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Evan Shlaes of Big Bossa Quartet entertains the crowd at the open show tent.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Haley Russell serves up a crepe at her Creperie Le Bon Temps food booth.The spotlight slot on Saturday night featured Jerry Joseph and his band the Jackmormons, heavy-duty rockers with a message.

The music portion of the festival ended on a magnificent note with a performance by the Brown Sisters on Sunday afternoon. Their concert was something of a miracle because JoAnna Brown was able to fly in from Georgia to sing with her sisters, Leah, Dorcas and Rachel. Their gospel songs were so powerful that Schauffler says, “I was left in tears.”

The Browns were the perfect wrap-up for what Schauffler called “our best year ever. From punk to country, blues and jazz, we had something for everybody.”

The combination of wonderful music and art — and 550 volunteers — made the 2016 LOFOA, sponsored by sponsored by Umpqua Investments, City of LO and Mercedes-Benz of Wilsonville, a great success.

“People were so impressed by the size and breadth of this event,” Edwards says.

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REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - A Missoula Children's Theatre production entertains Fridays crowd.


(Artists reception sponsors were Criscione Family Dentistry and Babica Hen)

And the winners at the festival are:

Artist’s Vision Juried Exhibit, sponsored by Lake Oswego Vision Clinic & Eyewear Gallery: Austin Eddy, “Electromagnetic Supersaturation,” Blue Ribbon; David Veselka, “Serengeti Restoration-California Academy of Science,” Honorable Mention; and Julie Forbes, “Circuit Shaker,” Honorable Mention

Arts Council of Lake Oswego Chronicle Exhibit-Plein Air: Gallery Without Walls, sponsored by Shorenstein Realty Services LP: Julian Voss-Andreae, “Slender Sentinel,” Best in Show; Guruhans "Hanz" Kroesen, “Flying Angel,” Purchase Award for City of Lake Oswego Permanent Collection; Micajah Bienvenu, “Wild Embrace,” Honorable Mention

Joan Eliot Sappington Award-Special Exhibit sponsored by Candace Jennings: Olga Skorokhod, “Crater Lake”

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The winner of the Best in Open Show Award is Betty Anderson for Field & Farm.

Open Show Blue Ribbons:

A-G: Stuart Adams, “Wolf Moon Dance” (Oak Tree Insurance); Kim Baker, “Dance of the Midnight Sun” (Sturdi-Built Greenhouse Manufacturing Co.: Bill and Barbara Warner); Karsten Boysen, “Poseidon’s Ride” (Neil Kelly Company: Martha Kerr and Tom Kelly); Jeannine Edelblut, “Returning,” (Ivey, Jacobson and Company, CPAs); Marilynne Eichinger, “Owl Chick Spreading Wings” (Paul and Teri Graham); Bill Ecklund (Raddad), “Meditation” (Grimm’s Fuel Co.: Jeff Grimm); Chris Fackler-Lowery, “The Tempest” (Etcetera-Eileen Griswold); Shellie Garber, “Gazebo” (Vic's Auto Center, Vic and Michael Keeler);

H-M: Kelsey Hinton, “Bridgeport Brewery” (The Headlee Girls in Memory of Bill and Buzz Headlee); Lucia Johnson, “Spring Climbers” (Marcia Kies, Principal Broker at The Hasson Company); Frederick Jones, “Sunday School Hopkinsville, KY” (Edward Jones/Eric Weberg, Financial Advisor); Ross Kaplan, “Windswept” (Jerry Fish, In Memory of Lawrence D. and Frances Fish); Leslie Lee, “Stirring It Up” (Banker’s Investment Service: Chuck O’Leary); Roger Alan Long, “Mother Earth’s Snowflakes and Their Story” (Michael C. Dotten, Dotten ADR); Roberta Robards Matthews, “Zenobia” (Pacific West Roofing: Stan Robinson); John McComish, “Backbone Rock” (Matt J. Hoidal DDS, MS); Katherine McDowell, “Lake Monotype 239” (Don Irving and Margaret Zuercher);

Q-Z: Heidi Quinn, “Sitting Pretty 2” (Oswego Wealth Management: Craig Childress); Jill Randall, “The Other” (Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego); Mark Randall, “Mary” (CWC Advisors LLC: Gary Woolworth); Cindy Sullivan, “Paying Their Respects” (Ace Hardware-Lake Oswego); Li Tie, “Cold and Clear Sunset” (Kelly Giampa); Maite Tobon, “Life of Colors” (Sheila Woolworth); Judy Wise, “Yellow Bicycle” (Dr. Jeff Sessions); Han Xing Zhao, “Koi Fish in Lotus Pond” (The Springs at Carman Oaks)

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Steering Committee Award goes to Juliet Franklin-Warren for Turtle Cove Formation Cliff.

Steering Committee Award, sponsored by Step It Up Ballroom Dance Society, Kristy Higgins:

Juliet Franklin-Warren, “Turtle Cove Formation Cliff”

Dee Denton Founder’s Award, Sponsored by The Denton Family in Honor of Dee Denton:

Scott A. Foster, “Venus Vase”

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The winner of the Dee Denton Founders Award is Scott A. Foster for Venus Vase.

Best in Open Show Award, sponsored by Gubanc’s Pub, Joe Buck:

Betty Anderson, “Field & Farm”

Open Show Honorable Mention:

A-F: Mojdeh Bahar, “Persian Tile and Nature: Bird I”; Jeanie Bates, “From Above”; Katie Brink, “Spy”; Jodi Burton, “Heceta Head Beach Florence, Oregon”; Lorraine Bushek, “Holy Cow” and “Hubbard Squash”; Sally Cantrell, “Detail of Ship Liberty Bay, Willamette River”; Stephanie Cissna, “Mountain Path”; Rollie Courtney, “Grayscale Series No. IV”; Diane L. Farquhar, “Whirligig”; Hannelore Fischer, “Tri-Unity”;

G-R: Stephanie Garber, “Peace”; Lisa Griffen, “Rumplestiltskin”; Susan Hinton, “Lofty”; Lewton Jones, “3 Cool Cats”; Sam Klein, “Dark Night (Red)”; Susan Kuznitsky, “Hard at Play”; Betsy Levine, “Moonflower”; Olando Lin, “After Tolerance”; Shauna Meiri, “Billie”; Terri Neal, “Couch Potato”; P. R. Parnell, “Maggie on the Stairs”; Vara Louise Riggs-Feddema, “Biography at Eighty”;

S-Z: W.E. Sanders, “Mount Hood from the Air”; Joseph Savinon, “January”; Denise Sirchie, “Firefly”; Shomura Swaren, “Crystalline Vase”; Liz Walker, “Pentimento No. 1”; Steve Wenshi Chan, “Open Country (B)”; Angela Woods, “The Long Way Home”; CJ Worlein, “Stephanie”

Art in the Park Awards:

Diana (Micki) Voorhies, Sculpture, Blue Ribbon, sponsored by Troy Reichlein; Melinda Curtin, 2-D Mixed Media, Blue Ribbon, sponsored by Lake Oswego Rotary Foundation; Nan Drye, Fiber Wearable; Honorable Mention; Linda Thorson, 3-D Mixed Media, Honorable Mention; Lilliane Kemp, Jewelry, Honorable Mention

High School Exhibit Awards, sponsored by The Stafford Retirement Community:

Fiona Corcoran, “Alzheimer’s” Best of Show 2-D; Jeske Paanakker, “Incomplete,” Best of Show 3-D; Lauren Frack, “Crater Lake by Depth,” Blue Ribbon 3-D; Claire Williams, “Blood Cell/Remission,” Blue Ribbon, 2-D; Grace O’Neil, “Janvier” Blue Ribbon 2-D; Ava Reeves, “Lotus GBT,” Blue Ribbon 2-D; Kate Fayloga, “Eli,” Blue Ribbon 2-D; Galen Bizovi, “Oh, The Places You Go,” Honorable Mention 3-D; Katie Healy, “More Than Apples,” Honorable Mention 2-D; Kyle Sosa, “Meraviglia Delle Meraviglie,” Honorable Mention 2-D; Emily Anderson, “Unamimous,” Honorable Mention 2-D; Brennan Watkins, “Terminal Ballistics,” Honorable Mention 2-D; Sarah Wallin, “Slump,” Honorable Mention 2-D; Kyle Sosa, “Quenn of New York City,” Honorable Mention 2-D; Sidona Bradley, “Time Management,” Honorable Mention 2-D