By Kerry Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator for OCFOTA
The Oregon City Festival of the Arts is coming up on August 12 and 13 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.» Read more
For the seventh year, the Three Rivers Artist Guild is presenting an arts, culture and heritage event known as the Oregon City Festival of the Arts (OCFOTA). It will take place on August 12 and 13, 2023.
The event is now considered the premier art event in Oregon City. The Festival will be held at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center located at 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City, OR 97045.
Hours of Operation are 10-5 both days.
By Lynda Orzen, OCFOTA Coordinator
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.» Read more
By Lynda Orzen, OCFOTA Coordinator
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!
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.
If you have any questions, contact Kerry Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use the form below to apply.
The form is now closed.
- The contest is open only to active TRAG Members.
- There is no theme for Artist entries.
- Each Artist may submit only one (1) entry.
- Entries should be 300 dpi, 2400 pixels on a longer side PNG or JPG files.
- All entries must be received by 11:59 pm June 10, 2022.
- The winning Artist will be announced by June 30, 2022.
- The winning Artist will:
- have their artwork printed on the OCFOTA 2022 Volunteer T-Shirt
- receive a $100 reward
- receive a T-Shirt with their artwork
Updated May 10th, 2022: We are extending the deadline for artists to jury into the Oregon City Festival of the Arts till May 31.
For the sixth 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 13 and 14, 2022.
The Festival will be held at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center located at 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City, OR 97045. Hours of Operation are 10-5 both days.
OCFOTA draws an attendance of approximately 2000 throughout the weekend. This event is free to the public.
Your point of contact is Lynda Orzen, email@example.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 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!
Thanks for your interest and participation.
The form is now closed. Please apply next year!
Soulflags Art Center, a new addition to Main Street, is bringing an opportunity for the community to take part in beautifying the intersection of Hwy 99E and Main Street with several mosaic panels of well-known masterpieces altered to include an Oregon City landmark or icon. In addition, Soulflags created an art design contest for one of the panels to be created by a local artist.
The winner of this contest was Cathy Rowe, who recreated Henri Matisse’s “The Dance” with the figures depicted as pioneers with the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in the background. Soulflags will recreate an outlined/sketched version of Rowe’s painting onto a grid pattern of sixty 6-inch x 6-inch square tiles for the community to glaze/paint. These tiles combined will make a 3-foot by 5-foot mosaic masterpiece.
With several mosaics completed at TRAG’s Festival of the Arts, tiles will be available to glaze/paint at Oregon City’s Saturday Market on several occasions if necessary. Dates to be announced as Soulflags needs to contact the OC Saturday Market to coordinate. Soulflags will fire the ceramic tiles and grout the tile to concrete backer board. Mosaics will be displaced locally prior to placing on building located at 504 Main Street.
Visit www.soufllags.org for more information.