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The Arts Council of Lake Oswego event Sunday, May 15 will feature demonstrations from artists.

COURTESY PHOTO - This photo is from a previous iteration of Art Elevated (when it was titled Art in the Garden).

The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is hoping to show the values and elements of diversity, equity and inclusion through artistic mediums during its upcoming Art Elevated event.

The event, which takes place 4-7 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at the Ironlight on Third Street in Lake Oswego, will feature demonstrations and the chance to interact with artists Lillian Pitt, Sora Shodo and Davey Barnwell, as well as specialty drinks from Stein Distillery and hors d'oeuvres. The work of the three artists will also be available for purchase.

"The series will present and encourage opportunities to converse around diversity, equity and inclusion (and include) artist education and hands-on programming through the art," said Nicole Nathan, the arts council executive director.

Pitt is an Indigenous artist who does prints, ceramics, jewelry and other mediums, and the council had previously commissioned her to do a piece at the new Lake Oswego City Hall.

"She is a hugely important artist to not only the Indigenous community but also nationally and internationally," Nathan said.

Shodo is a Japanese artist who does calligraphy.

"All of her pieces are very large and gestural. A lot of time she works with the energy of the audience who are with her to create these pieces," Nathan said.

Barnwell is a mural artist who works with the Portland Street Arts Alliance.

"She does very interesting graphically-based murals that are observational and take into account the architecture and surroundings we're in," Nathan said.

The event's auction (also online May 9-16) will include a Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library Hall Pass, vacations, getaways and more.

"It's really unique items that not only take advantage of where we are but utilize local restaurants, purveyors and suppliers of all different kinds of things," Nathan said.

Tickets for the event are $150 and Lake Oswego High School jazz musicians will perform. For more information, visit event.auctria.com/b6ba9049-3a0f-431f-b1ea-e1e5b32c5cf4.


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