Coming Soon: Oregon City Festival of the Arts

Oregon City Festival of the Arts

The Three Rivers Artist Guild is holding the 4th annual Oregon City Festival of the Arts on August 10 and 11th. The Festival is an outdoor event held on the beautiful grounds of the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center located at 1726 Washington Street in Oregon City. More than 60 Artists’ booths, all day entertainment on two stages, local food trucks, an Emerging Artists Exhibit, Children’s Hands-on Art Projects, and a Silent Auction makes this an event not to be missed. Free Admission and fun for the whole family!

Oregon City Festival of the Arts
Oregon City Festival of the Arts

Application for Emerging Artist Program


Oregon City Festival of the Arts

August 10-11, 2019

We are accepting up to 20 emerging artists with little or no prior experience in showing their work. 

Each new artist selected will be able to show one piece at a time in a special area at the festival. You may have two backup pieces in case your work sells.

Send your application to halimasemail@gmail.com

Remember to write Emerging Artist in the subject line.

We have a limited number of spaces so apply early!

  • Tell us your story Send us a note or a page telling us how and when you became interested in art.
  • What challenges did you have to overcome to begin pursuing art?
  • Why do you think art is important personally or for our

Communities?Any Questions? Send them to: halimasemail@gmail.com

Embracing Limitations and the New TRAG Quarterly Assignment

We’ve started a new “assignment” for TRAG members to try and inspire conversation and new work based on our August 2018 meeting program. We began the August meeting discussing “Limitations and Creative Problem Solving” by showing a TED Talk by artist Phil Hansen entitled “Embrace the Shake,” where he talked about dealing with a physical challenge that tested his faith and resolve as an artist.

From there we talked about how our limitations, either inherent or self-imposed, can be embraced to result in new work. Through problem solving and conversation five groups shared their challenges and did some creative problem solving. We brainstormed lists of inherent or self-imposed limitations that might keep us from or inspire us to create new work:

Inherent Limitations – factors we may not be able to control that prevent us from creating art.

  • Space, Time, Money, Energy, Physical Difficulties, Emotional Difficulties, Access to Tools, Education

Imposed Limitations – factors we can control that we intentionally use to eliminate obstacles and simplify process.

  • Subject (conceptual or specific), Focusing on the Use of a Specific Tool, Focus on a Technique, Using time limits to either force quick creation or a stopping point

Ultimately the discussion resulted in the beginnings of a quarterly TRAG member assignment meant to spark creativity and get people creating art. Each of the five groups decided what their assignment would be and we’ll see the results of those assignments over the next three general meetings as people start to bring in their interpretations of the assignment.

Assignments by group for the Quarter of August 13th – November 12th

  • Clay and Glass Work: Use new materials that you haven’t used before
  • Painters: Three colors
  • Jewelers: Ocean
  • Mixed Media: Harvest
  • Photographers: Pick an Element of Art as Subject – Form, Line, Color, Space, Texture, or Value

These assignments are optional of course, but I encourage folks to use them as a way to spur new thinking and work. Allow yourself the space to play and maybe not create your best work in hopes of giving you the freedom to explore new ideas and create art without the pressure of perfection or daily life.

Also feel free to take liberties with the assignment. The goal is to stimulate creation, not stifle it. We’ll share the results of the assignment for those who want to share in our member emails. We can’t wait to see what folks create!

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