Call for Artists: 2021 Oregon City Festival of the Arts

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For the fifth year, the Three Rivers Artist Guild is presenting an arts, culture and heritage event known as the Oregon City Festival of the Arts (OCFOTA) on August 14 and 15 2021. The Festival will again be held at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center located outside at 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City, OR 97045. Hours of Operation are 10-5 each day. OCFOTA draws an attendance of approximately 2000 throughout the weekend. This event is free to the public.

As with so many events over the past year, things will be a little different.  We will be following COVID restrictions and the OHA guidelines very closely for Safety. This includes: An outdoor event with one entrance in and one entrance out, masks required and given to those who do not have them, hand sanitizers and gloves at every booth, maps and footprints directing traffic, and crowd monitors.

Your point of contact is Trieste Andrews at ocfota@threeriversartistguild.com.

This is a juried art show open to residents of Oregon and Washington State.  If interested, an application and a nonrefundable $25 jury fee application is due no later than June 10th, 2021. We have space for approximately 55 artists this year.

If accepted, the booth fee is $135. This includes your booth space (10’ x 10’) and marketing for the Oregon City Festival of the Arts.

Please note: This is an outdoor event on the grass. Although we make every effort to find the most level and suitable booth spaces, not all locations are perfectly flat. Also, there is no power available for the booths. Please note, we periodically experience inclement weather. The ground may be wet. Please be prepared for potential showers or wind.

No more than two artists may share a booth and art must be compatible.  Both must be juried in and send in separate applications and jury fees. You will share the booth fee of $135.

Important Dates to remember:

June 10, 2021: Jury fee and application due date.

June 15, 2021: Jury results sent to artists.

June 30, 2020: $135 booth payments due.

August 13, 2021: Friday Festival set-up

August 14 and 15, 2021: Oregon City Festival of the Arts

Application to jury and payment:

If interested, please fill out the application form, payment and digital images online at the following site. Please note that if accepted, your bio will be used for social media advertising. What you include in your statement is exactly what will be posted on Instagram and Facebook for marketing. Please make it approximately 100 words. The digital images are what we will be using for the jury process – so submit your best work!

To apply, please fill out the form below. Thanks for your interest and participation.


The form is now closed. Please apply next year!

Call for Artists – Spring Fling Festival

The Three Rivers Artist Guild will be holding a one-day block party Art Festival at the Singer Hill Café on May 8th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TRAG is looking for 20 artists to participate.

There are no jury requirements. We will be accepting artists on a first come first serve basis.

The booth fee is $25 for the day.

Set up begins at 7 a.m. on May 8th. Festival opens at 9:30 a.m.

It will be held with strict COVID safety precautions. One way in and one way out with an open-air market in front of the gallery as you enter, spaces available on the side gardens, and booths in the Singer Hill Parking lot.

Two spaces are available as you enter the Festival from the Gallery doors. Seven spaces in the side garden area will accommodate a 3-sided table set up. Up to an 8 ft table in front and two side tables of up to 6 feet each. In case of inclement weather bring a protective covering. 12 spaces (3 rows of 4 booths each) are available in the Singer Hill Parking lot. This space will accommodate a 10 x 10 feet tented booth with 2 feet in between each one. Path will be marked for one way only through the booths.

If at all possible, we are asking artists to bring a small DIY project for the public. These can be as simple as a pair of beaded earrings, a bracelet or a coloring book picture. This is not a requirement, but we would appreciate your participation. If you can contribute, please make 25. Be sure to use what you have on hand and make it as inexpensive and simple as possible. Put them in individual bags for the public to pick up. These “DIY Stations” will be scattered throughout the Festival and offered to the public as a scavenger hunt.

Points to consider:

  • Sales and Wifi: There may be a possible connection to the gallery but this is not guaranteed. Plan your sales per your phone with square or have cash available. 
  • The gallery will NOT be able to provide you with change. 
  • You’re more than welcome to share any artist’s space with a friend. 1 fee for each artist area NOT 1 fee for each artist. 
  • Your booth needs to be always manned. TRAG will not be able to provide back-up for breaks. You can always make arrangements with your neighbor. 
  • If permitted by the City, Food trucks may be at the event. Bring a beverage and food as back-up.
  • Portable toilets will be on site
  • Volunteers will be available for set up and crowd monitoring.  

To apply for Spring Fling, fill out the form below.

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Call for Artists: Storefront Art Gallery and Event project (SAGE)

TRAG received a grant through the Metro Enhancement program to transform brown paper coverings on vacant commercial space into works of Art. Our plan is to create a portfolio for property manager/owners of pieces that can be selected to adorn the storefront windows on a space that is available for lease. Once selected, the jpg will be printed onto a 3 1/2’x6’ sintra board and installed inside the storefront window. 

We are asking any and all artists to submit JPGs of up to 3 pieces of their work. JPGs of 2D and 3D are accepted as long as they can meet the following specifications:

  • We would prefer the original piece to be 28”w x 40”h (vertical). We can consider a 16”x20” piece that can be reduced by 1 inch on each side to meet 14”x20”. 
  • No horizontal pieces can be accepted.
  • The jpg should be 2400 pixels and at 300 dpi. 
  • If you are unsure or have questions, you can contact Tamara Scott at tamara@tamarascottart.com. We are more than willing to work with you to meet the specifications

For each piece selected by the property manager/owner, the artist will receive $175. Printing and installation will be managed by TRAG volunteers. All we are asking is up to 3 jpg’s of your work that can be included in a portfolio.

Deadline for Submission is August 22, 2020

This is a fun and exciting project. We are looking forward to seeing the streets of Oregon City adorned with beautiful art from our local Artists while helping out our local economy. Send all submissions to tamara@tamarascottart.com

Submit Your Art for the SAGE Project

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The SAGE Project, Storefront Art Galleries and Events. Taking It To the Streets!

On June 25th TRAG was awarded a grant from the City of Oregon City through the Metro Enhancement Program. The project is called The Storefront Art Gallery and Events project (SAGE) and will provide a way to bring much needed focus and exposure to Oregon City as well as a number of our small local businesses. The idea is to take the ugly brown paper coverings on the storefronts of vacant retail and commercial space and turn them into works of Art. TRAG is developing a plan now to reach out to painters, photographers, and 3D artists. All artists will be compensated for their work.

The second part of the SAGE project is to hold a total of 4 pop-up events over the next year inside a vacant commercial space. A local winery, brewery, or distillery would be invited to partner with the Artists to hold a community interactive event. The SAGE project would of course benefit Oregon City in that it could transform our streets into mini art exhibits bringing tourists and visitors. Additionally, however, it can also benefit a number of local businesses including: property managers, property owners, Artists, party event planners, local wineries breweries and distilleries.

A Call for Artists will be coming out shortly with detailed information.

Taking it to the Streets! Preview of TRAG’s Potential “Storefront Art Galleries and Events”

On May 28th TRAG applied for a grant to bring artwork to the streets of Oregon City. The idea is to transform the brown paper that normally covers the storefronts of vacant space into works of Art. Artists will be compensated for their work. Additionally, the grant will include money to support 4 pop-up art events inside a vacant space to take place over the next year. Of course, TRAG will be following all the rules and regulations of social distancing as Oregon reopens. We will know if TRAG was awarded the grant money by the end of June.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting venture, please contact me at president@threeriversartistguild.com. I am looking for people that can brainstorm what kind of artwork we can offer, marketing the sites, participating with their art (all mediums will be considered), and volunteering for the artwork installation, take-down and events. I would like to hit the ground running if we are awarded the grant.

Keep your fingers crossed – and Thank you!

Trieste Andrews
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild

Oregon City Festival of the Arts Cancelled

Due to the health issues surrounding the COVID 19 virus, and in order to protect both our members and the public, the Oregon City Festival of the Arts is canceled for 2020. Stay in touch through our website to see how we will be connecting through virtual applications and smaller venues and events. Please take care of yourselves and stay well.

Trieste Andrews
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild

Oregon City Festival of the Arts – Deadline Extended!

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Although we have received a great response for the Oregon City Festival of the Arts, we have decided to extend the date of Application to May 1st, and the acceptance announcement to May 15th.

If you have been thinking of applying – please do! We are particularly looking for unique genres to ensure the balance of mediums.

If you or anyone you know works in the realm of Woodworking, 3D Metal Working, Sculpting or any kind of unique expression, we urge you to apply.

This is a fun and exciting annual event that takes place each year during the second weekend of August. The Festival typically draws 2500-3000 people over the weekend with over 60 artists’ booths, food vendors, local theatrical and musical performances, an Emerging Artists’ Exhibit, a Children’s Craft Corner, and so much more.

Go to https://www.threeriversartistguild.com/call-for-artists-2020-oregon-city-festival-of-the-arts/ for details and application.

Call for artists: Oregon City Festival of the Arts – one more month left until the submission deadline

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One more month until the Call for Artists closes for this annual event.

The Oregon City Festival of the Arts takes place on August 8th and 9th outdoors at the beautiful End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

We are especially looking for artists in the genres of Woodworking, 3D Metalworking, Sculpture, Textiles, and Unique Mediums.

The Festival attracts 2500-3000 over the weekend. It includes over 60 Artists’ booths, all day entertainment on 2 stages, a free children’s craft corner, an emerging artist exhibit, a silent auction, and so much more.

For details and application go to:  https://www.threeriversartistguild.com/call-for-artists-2020-oregon-city-festival-of-the-arts/

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