Heat be 'damned.' Attendees deal with Oregon's first heat wave to attend the Festival of the Arts in Lake Oswego

J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Prospective buyers admire some of the art for sale at one of the tents at Art in the Park, part of the Festival of the Arts held this weekend in Lake Oswego.Unlike last year when record heat beset the Festival of the Arts, this year was much better even though it was still warm.

PHOTO BY J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Ana Lauren Boylston of Lake Oswego, with her son Beckett and daughter Reiss, cool down Sunday afternoon at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts by running through a spinning copper sprinkler from Hoppy's Garden Art made by Steve Hopkins.True to form, art lovers weathered what heat there was to attend the 59th annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.

And even though this year's Festival of the Arts was only two days, many attendees were just happy that the Festival was even happening and understood that the event is building for a special year in 2023, its 60th anniversary.

Early reports from Festival organizers noted good attendance, more than 500 people in the first couple hours at George Rogers Park on Saturday, and strong art sales at the Open Show, held in the giant tent behind the Lakewood Center of the Arts.

Here are just a few of the photos taken from this year's Festival. Watch for more photos and a wrap-up story in this week's Lake Oswego Review.

J. BRIAN MONIHAN - With temperatures reaching almost 100 degrees, art lovers were still braving the heat to attend the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Here people checked out a few of the 120 plus artist tents at Art in the Park held at George Rogers Park.J. BRIAN MONIHAN - From sculptures to jewelry, paintings to photographs, Art in the Park offered something for lovers of art.J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Sponsored by Lake Oswego's Lawrence Gallery, Eric Holt's sculptures, like these glorious butterflies, were a must see for many visitors at Art in the Park.Even though the Festival of the Arts is a free event, donations are strongly encouraged to help cover all the costs associated with putting on such a massive art show. Here both Linda Brown, left and Dan Findley, right, welcome another patron of the arts to the festival.
Festival of the Arts guests peruse many of the art pieces at the Open Show. As of Saturday afternoon, sales had been good according to festival organizers.The Open Show at the Festival of the Arts offers a wide variety of art for people to purchase. For many buyers, it is a matter of finding a piece that "speaks" to them.Talking about what makes a piece of art special is always a big part of the Festival of the Arts, like these two gentlemen were doing at this year's juried exhibit, Reemergence: The Artist's Vision. In this special exhibit, artists were challenged with showing what their Reemergence looked like after two years of the pandemic.

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