The Spring Fling is back for a third year on May 6 and May 7 at the Pioneer Community Center in Oregon City.
Times for the events will be: Saturday, May 6, from 10 am till 4 pm and Sunday, May 7, from 10 am till 4 pm. Set up will be on Friday, May 5 from 3 pm till 7 pm.
Please do not show up any earlier unless you are assisting with set up.
This show is for TRAG membership that have been juried into the TRAG gallery. If you are new to the guild and were not juried into the gallery, you will need to be juried into this event. If your work needs to be juried, the process will be quick.
All work submitted to be juried must be created by the artists. All work in the show must be made by the artist. No reselling of mass-produced items. As an example, buying a pendant and adding a chain to it does not create a handmade item.
This show will be set up exactly like our Holiday Show. There are 39 spaces available. 36 are 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep spaces at $70 and 3 of 2 feet deep by 12 feet wide, these are spaces at the end of rows at $50.
You must have your own display set-up. There are several tables available at the facility: 3 @ 30” by 96” and 9 @ 30” by 72”. Please send in your request to Lynda.
This show will be first come with applications for participation.
Please include at least 3 photos of your work for advertising purposes. There will be posters created with artists work along with digital and paper postcards.
You will receive notification of acceptance by the end of March along with further instructions and information on set up.
Volunteers Needed for Oregon City Festival of the Arts 2023
It’s that time again! Time to start forming committees for our big premier arts festival. The 2022 Festival was an enormous success, but it was coordinated by a handful of members-mostly board members. We need an army of volunteers for the 2023 event to make it even more successful. When volunteering for a position, you will be assisted by the previous year’s lead and not left on your own to “figure it out”. This is a professionally run event and we want everyone to be successful and that means teamwork!
There will be a meeting the end of January or beginning of February to begin planning. Below are some suggestions for volunteering.
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator: You’ll be assisting Kerry when she is traveling. The position would help recruit volunteers, communicate when there are questions and helping the weekend of the festival.
Food and Entertainment: These two committee chairs will be working with Sue Woodworth.
Silent Auction Coordinator: This committee will work with Cathy Rowe to learn how to reach out to artists and the community for auction items. The silent auction is where we make most of our profits from the event and very important for the future shows.
Signage Coordinator: Work with Lynda and Ingrid for reserving spaces to install our signage-cross street banner, billboard, light pole banners and set up large banner at site week before show.
The art show only had 28 artist this year with space for 10 more. Let’s hope we can fill it in 2023. This was our 15th annual event-yes 15! Our guild is going to be 16 in 2023! The Holiday Show is only open to members of the guild. The Oregon City News had a wonderful article with one of our artists on the front page! We shared advertising with several other events in the community along with a ½ page ad in the OC News. Over the years, the guild has donated over $7,000 to the Pioneer Community Center’s Meals on Wheels program!
Major kudos to Melody Bush for Facebook advertising, Ingrid Aubry for our postcards and posters – each year they just get better, Kerry Edwards, volunteer coordinator and my right-hand, Lynne Collum for name tags and booth signs and Yelena Shabrova who managed all the computer magic! Couldn’t have done this without good teamwork. Thank you for being so resourceful and fun to work with!
By Kerry Edwards, Holiday Show Volunteer Coordinator
We are currently recruiting volunteers for the Holiday Show that will be held on December 3rd and 4th. This is a wonderful, very successful show and just a bit of volunteering helps it run smoothly. Consider volunteering for a couple of hours on one of the days below.
The job is easy, the atmosphere is fun and you can shop before or after your shift!!
Below are the days and times needed – again – just two hours of your time would help!
FRIDAY, Dec. 2 – 3:00 – 7:00 (helping artists set up) SATURDAY, Dec. 3 – 9:00 – 4:00 (assisting during the show – handing out snacks, booth relief) SUNDAY, Dec. 4 – 10:00 – 4:00 (assisting during the show – snacks, booth relief) SUNDAY, Dec. 4 – 4:00 – 6:00 (assisting artists with booth breakdown)
If you are willing to help, PLEASE fill the form and choose your hours! You can change them later if you need. This really helps to coordinate volunteer efforts and make sure help is distributed evenly through the setup, duration of the show, and takedown. Thank you!
Wow, just wow! What an amazing event this year! We had well over 3,000 visitors during the weekend. The parking lot was always full all weekend! Saturday morning we saw a constant stream of people entering the festival! Our artists gave the festival an average of 8.8 appreciation rating. Many said this festival had the best sales they’ve seen in years!
I’ll let them speak for themselves:
Well done everyone!! A great show, well organized and lots of visitors. This show continues to be a delight. We have enjoyed this event every year. Our thanks to you all for all your hard work and friendly faces
This was an amazing event and the anticipation for next year is already an exciting seed in my mind. Kudos to all of you wonderful folks and all your hard work.
Wow! I so appreciate the work of the OC Festival of the Arts Committee! You are super organized, your volunteers are the greatest, and your publicity is amazing!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thanks so much for the awesome show!!!! I had the best sales I’ve ever had at the event. So nice to see you and everybody again. I had a lot of my clients come and a lot of annual regulars who stopped in to buy bling.
You, the committee and all the volunteers were so very terrific! This is why I love this event. I hope you all get to take a well-deserved break.
Much Appreciation ~
Just a small example of the feedback from our artists. Truly heartwarming!
As the event coordinator, I would like to give kudos to our committee members who put in hours of planning to make this happen! Several members like Melody Bush were behind the scenes posting on Social Media daily. Yelena Shabrova kept all the applications and communications current. Ingrid Aubry used her magic creating our postcards, posters, banners, programs, and billboards for the event. Nancy Graham kept the financial information current along with those boring insurance details! Susan Woodworth signed up the music and food vendors, while being a vendor in the event and a television personality for our KATU commercial. Cathy Rowe manned the Silent Auction again this year and did her magic with the online bidding and gathering the auction items. Thank you to Tima Carlson and Soul Flags for hosting the Children’s Art activities. Lynne Collum created the artist booth signs and badges this year. Tamara Scott was the keeper of the key for the Storage Unit and always ready to help move supplies. Last but one of the most important committee chairs was Kerry Edwards who set up the volunteers for the festival. Kerry was invaluable and worked with me coordinating this event. She went above and beyond setting the volunteer schedules, she was my right hand in organizing the event! She always had a smile on her face even when trying to go in 2 directions at the same time!
Special thanks to our sponsors this year, World Heart, Citizens Bank and Double J Construction. If you have a chance to visit our sponsors, please thank them for their support.
Can’t forget to thank our Oregon City Tourism Department and Daniel Gehring for his support and getting us on KATU television for our interviews. The interview went out to the wider Portland community, and I believe increased our visitor count during the weekend.
Now the process begins for planning our 2023 Premier Art Event!
Lynda Orzen OCFOTA Coordinator
Updated September 1st, 2022: Oregon City Festival of the Arts got Silver in the Best Festival in Oregon City from Readers Choice Awards through the Pamplin press!
By Kerry Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator for OCFOTA
The Oregon City Festival of the Arts is coming up on August 13 and 14 and we are looking for volunteers to help out. Whatever time you can contribute would be greatly appreciated – whether it is a couple of hours, a morning, afternoon – or even the whole weekend!
If you have a child or grandchild over 15 who would like to help out – make it a family event! It’s going to be a fun weekend with a large variety of artists’ booths, all day live musical performances, food vendors and entertainment and a silent auction. A great way to contribute while you enjoy the Festival of the Arts.
The weather wasn’t the best for our 2-day art event but still had quite a few visitors. Having smaller crowds meant visitors had more time to talk with artists. We had to bring in our artists that were going to set up outside, making for cozier conditions inside. Soul Flags kept the little ones busy making Mother’s Day cards.
A huge Thank You to Rose Holden for inviting us to use her facility for our art event!