More than 100 artists will appear at Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
Francisco Bautista's artwork is a family endeavor. The Sandy resident creates weavings in collaboration with his wife, Laura, 17-year-old daughter Cinthya and 13-year-old son David.
Portland resident Catherine Freshley paints "colorful" and "contemporary" acrylic landscapes, inspired recently from her time living in the Pacific Northwest.
Sandy Brown, who hails from Eugene, enjoys crafting functional kitchenware with an artistic spin.
These Oregon artists are just three examples of the work that will be showcased at the upcoming Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.
Looking ahead to Lake Oswego's largest art festival, adjustments have been made yet again to the popular multi-exhibit event.
The 58th annual festival, which typically draws around 20,000 people each summer, will center on an outdoor Art in the Park exhibit June 26 and 27 at George Rogers Park, with a focus on artists who produce original, handmade fine arts and crafts.
"I can't wait to reconnect with customers — returning customers and new customers," said Brown, who's participated in this event in past years and is looking forward to seeing other vendors. "It's like going back to summer camp. It's really fun."
Brown will showcase her pottery, including butter dishes and mugs.
"They're French butter keepers. It's a specific style of a butter dish," said Brown, adding that some will have bee designs.
Brown said the colors she uses are also very bright.
"I have a beautiful new turquoise, I have a beautiful new bright red (and) I have some new designs," Brown said.
Brown's work can also be seen at the Rainspark Gallery in Lake Oswego in November and December.
To learn more about Brown, visit her website.
Bautista has participated in the show before as well. This year, he will display two new weavings inspired by his life in Oregon and his hometown in Oaxaca, Mexico.
"(I am) trying to bring my culture and the Oregon culture together and create these new motifs," said Bautista, adding that his wife and children know how to weave as well. "Every one of us bring some fresh ideas .... what we're going to do or how we're going to do it."
Bautista encourages families to attend Art in the Park to help bring joy into their lives.
"We can see the light at the end of this tunnel," Bautista said. "We're hoping to bring joy, you know, happiness to the families because art brings a lot of communities together."
For more information about Bautista's work, visit his website.
Freshley — who will showcase paintings in a range of sizes — has been painting and making art since she was a child. Though she studied economics in college and later worked in advertising, she sold her paintings on the side. Eventually she quit her full-time job and dedicated her time to painting and selling her art.
Freshley remembered attending the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts about a decade ago and seeing all the artist tents, thinking "maybe one day this is something that I can do."
Freshley is looking forward to introducing herself as an artist to the area.
"(This is) an opportunity that is really special to me and something that I've really been looking forward to," Freshley said. "Everyone's so excited to get out and do something."
"A lot of artists really rely on festivals like this as their primary means for selling their work," Freshley said. "So, a lot of them will be really excited to have this opportunity again. They'll probably have a lot of really amazing work to share."
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