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!
This is a juried art show open to residents of Oregon and Washington State. If interested, an application and a nonrefundable $25 jury fee is due no later than May 31, 2022.
There is space for approximately 55 artists. If accepted, the booth fee is $135. This includes your booth space (10’ x 10’) and marketing for the event.
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. 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 and wind.
No more than two artists may share a booth and art must be compatible. Both artists must be juried in and send in separate applications and jury fees. You will share the booth fee of $135.
Important Dates to remember
May 15, 2022: Jury fee and application due date.
June 15, 2022: Jury results sent to artists.
June 30, 2022: $135 booth payments due.
August 12, 2022: Friday Festival set-up
August 13 and 14, 2022: Oregon City Festival of the Arts
Application to jury and payment
If interested, please fill out the application form below. 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!
Updated April 7th, 2022: only 3 spaces are still available!
This year the Spring Fling will be held at the Oregon City Golf Club at 20124 S Beavercreek Road in Oregon City. The event will be held Mothers Day Weekend, May 6 and 7. Friday from noon till 5 and Saturday from 10 am till 5 pm. Set up will be Friday morning from 8 till 11:30 am. There are two options for booth selections. The facility has an elegantly decorated reception room for weddings and other events. There is an outside covered patio area and covered Pergola for pop ups.
For more information contact the Spring Fling Coordinator, Lynda Orzen, email@example.com
There are eighteen spaces total inside the reception area that measure 6 ft x 8 ft in. Six of the spaces are 6 ft deep by 8 ft wide, twelve of the spaces are 8 ft deep by 6 ft wide.
There is a covered patio just outside the reception room with a covered Pergola.
Eight spaces to accommodate 10 by 10 booths, Two spaces outside entry doors 8 wide by 6 deep One odd-shaped space in Pergola about 7 ft by 5 ft.
Application fee is for Friday and Saturday
All 8 by 6 spaces including odd shape are $50
10 x 10 spaces are $60
Table rental for 6 foot table is $10 for weekend
To apply for Spring Fling, fill out the form below
I am going to claim the 2021 Holiday Show a success. We didn’t have as many artists participating but shoppers still had a huge variety of artwork to choose from. I know I did a lot of shopping during the weekend! Shoppers were so happy to be able to able to shop in person-finally! Heard lots of comments about the wealth of artwork and the organization of the event.
Tried to take some photos of the event but I’m definitely not a photographer. Unfortunately our photographer, Ingrid Aubry was recuperating from a broken hip. Happy to say, she is recuperating quite well!
Want to thank volunteers and organizers for pitching in to make this a wonderful event!
Happy New Years Artists and a New Year of creating art!