Arts, culture, heritage on tap at Oregon City event
Two full days of entertainment, original art, food and fun children's projects will be happening Aug. 13 and 14 at the End of the Oregon Trail. The Oregon City Festival of the Arts will host 55 local artists and will include everything from painting, jewelry, leather goods, books, pottery, garden art, photography, recycled art and more.
Many members of the Three Rivers Artist Guild will return, along with several new artists who work in leather and rock sculptures.
No wall space left in your house for new art? You can begin beautifying your yard with a wide variety of garden art from recycled pieces to sculptures and glass.
Food trucks will be on hand both days, including Big Red Truck, Divine Mini Donuts, Bayou Bros, and Bubbles & Treats. Adult beverages will be available at the Interpretive Center.
For the kiddos, Flower Power face painting, henna tattoos and balloon animals will be at the festival all weekend in the garden area, and Soulflags Art Lit Community Center will have hands-on children's art activities in the covered picnic area.
There will be lots over the weekend, starting off on Saturday with Radio Stranger, followed by harpist Heather Andrews, Rogue Moon with acoustic music from the Northwest, and Darka, a first-generation Ukrainian born in Detroit who plays blues, jazz, country and everything in between.
Sunday music begins with The Steve and Margot Show playing music ranging from folk to jazz. At noon Sunday, Portland Opera a la Cart is back with its mobile venue to bring live opera ito the community. Opera will be followed by Discords playing original classic rock, blues and pop.
Volunteers with the OSU Extension Clackamas County Master Gardeners will be set up in the Pioneer Garden to offer advice and answer questions. They are also knowledgeable about the history of the gardens created by the pioneers and the plants they used.
A special thanks to sponsors World Heart, Citizens Bank and Double J Construction for their support in helping to make this event happen. Festival committee members have worked to create a fun and exciting art event, and volunteers will help keep artists fed and hydrated during the event.
6th annual Oregon City Festival of the Arts
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 13-14
Where: End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center, 1726 Washington St., Oregon City
Cost: Free admission and parking
Lynda Orzen is the project coordinator for the Oregon City Festival of the Arts.
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