55th-annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts celebrates, music, dance, theater and, of course, stunning works of art

When it comes to staging festivals in Lake Oswego, you might say the City of Arts really knows how to turn up the heat!

Temperatures rose throughout the weekend as the 55th-annual Festival of the Arts filled George Rogers Park and the Lakewood Center with music, dance, theater and, of course, stunning displays of art.

An Open Show featured the work of emerging and established artists. "Artists' Vision" documented the journey that artwork takes on the road to creation, and a Special Exhibit — fittingly titled "Layers: The Evolving Art of 3-D Printing" — allowed visitors to learn about and interact with the artistic side of an increasingly popular art-making technology.

In George Rogers Park, more than 100 booths were filled with jewelry, ceramics, photography, painting and more. And at "Kids Get Creative," youngsters and the young at heart enjoyed everything from comedy shows and storytimes to a mobile DJ, face-painting and wheel-throwing clay.

The Review's Sam Stites and Vern Uyetake were there for all three days of the festival, and this week's newspaper will be filled with their impressions. But click on the slideshow above for more than two dozen reasons why they believe this year's Festival of the Arts was easily the hottest show in town.

— The Review

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