One of the region's most popular annual events, the Oregon City Festival of the Arts promises to celebrate an eclectic display of community artists and musicians from 10-5 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15 at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Oregon City this year will host its fifth Festival of the Arts, which took place each year from 2016-19 but had to cancel its plans last year.
Free admission allows fun for the whole family to peruse 60 artists' booths featuring photography, painting, woodworking, glass art, ceramics and many other artistic media. Musicians have packed the schedule so performances run all day, each day, and some of Oregon City's most popular food trucks offer a choice of menus.
"Don't forget to visit the face painter and balloon artist in the garden area and pick up a free gift compliments of the Three Rivers Artist Guild with every face painted or purchase of a balloon animal," said Trieste Andrews, festival organizer.
"This year we are excited to announce two new additions — a very special free community art project sponsored by Soulflags and a virtual silent auction that you can participate in as you stroll the festival."
Soulflags' community mosaic mural project was funded by Oregon City's Metro enhancement grant. Tima Carlson, Soulflags project coordinator, requested a $5,200 grant from the committee this spring on the strength of a proposal to develop a permanent "Art Corner" by placing mosaics on the building at 504 Main St., located at the corner of McLoughlin Boulevard (Highway 99E).
"With the development of the Blue Heron mill, we feel that adding some color to the existing Main Street … will lift up and bring a new and much-needed change beneficial for the community and intersection," Carlson wrote in the successful grant application.
Where does the Oregon City Festival of the Arts fit into the Soulflags project? Each festival visitor of any age can receive a free tile with instructions of how to paint it. Once finished, the 3-by-5-foot tiles will be formed into a mosaic mural that will be on display at the busy Oregon City intersection by 2022. The theme is famous paintings with an Oregon City twist. Think Van Gogh's "Starry Night" with the Oregon City Municipal Elevator or Monet's waterlily pond with the Arch Bridge.
Featured artists with festival booths this year include Jude Welter, who is not only in high demand for her acrylic paintings, but also for her regular workshops teaching her craft to others.
"Her exquisite renditions of Northwest landscapes will surely make you catch your breath and appreciate the incredibly beautiful state we live in," Andrews said.
Georgia Williams' fabric art is intricately created and features everything from whimsical frogs to majestic fir trees.
"Whether you are looking for an artistic wall hanging or a coverlet, Georgia's pieces can serve either of these purposes," Andrews said.
Festival attendees can expect a good time no matter what time during the weekend they stop by, or what activities they participate in.
"Come for the art, come for the music, come for the food or come and help build a community art mural for our city, but most importantly, come for the fun," Andrews said.
Oregon City Festival of the Arts
What: 60 artists booths, food trucks, kids activities and live music
When: 10-5 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15
Where: End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St., Oregon City
Silent auction: Find items from each of the artists, plus contributions from the Oregon City community, at the auction booth as you enter the festival. Each artist's booth also will display a picture of their item with a QR code you can link with your phone to bid virtually as you stroll the festival.
Saturday, Aug. 14
10-11 a.m. Barbershop quartet strolling throughout the festival
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Harpist Heather Andrews by the dining area
2-3 p.m. Kelly Brightwell on the main stage
4-5 p.m. The Steve and Margot Show on the main stage
Sunday. Aug. 15
10-11:30 a.m. Jamblers Band on the main stage
Noon-2 p.m. Portland Opera singers by the food vendors
2-3 p.m. Darka Dusty on the main stage
4-5 p.m. Mark Seymour and Friends on the main stage
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