Art on the Lawn

Art on the Lawn

Join TRAG for their second annual “Art on the Lawn.” This year we are focusing on plein air painters. The event will be held at the historic William L. Holmes House at Rose Farm (915 Rilance Ln, Oregon City, OR 97045).

Talented plein air artist Sally O’Neill has agreed to do an all day plein air workshop for $95. For more details contact Sally directly at

We hope to have a show to showcase the workshop and individual painters who come out for the day. While a few details are still being worked out, we hope you will mark your calendars. For more information, please contact


July Artist of the Month

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Gail Maire

Designer Handbags

“I have been sewing one thing or another since I was a child,” says Gail, an Oregon State Home Economics
graduate. But it was after a thirty-year teaching career that an old college roommate brought her the idea of crafting
handbags from recycled sports coats. “I think the fabrics in the coats are gorgeous,” she gushes.

It’s surprisingly easy to find designer-quality coats in select thrift stores in the Portland and Eugene areas. Gail gives them a second life by cleaning, pressing, disassembling, cutting and reconstructing them, often with their designer labels prominently displayed. The finished bags have a polished, tailored look with a fun-loving flair – ideal for workday
or weekend activities!

Gail sews steadily, six hours a day, July through December. “Sewing is relaxing for me – and I like doing one thing at a time,” she quips. “Multi-tasking is not all it’s cracked up to be.” She enjoys seeing how the different fabrics sew up into a handbag. “And,” she adds, “the feedback I get at [art] shows is an inspiration for me.”

After sewing 400 handbags, Gail is as enthusiastic as ever about her sewing! “When people like the product, it’s rewarding,” she says, “and I love to sew.” You can find her at as well as
the TRAG Gallery. She also sells at the Portland Expo Center’s Christmas Bazaar and at TRAG’s Holiday Show here in Oregon City. You can reach her at

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The mission of the guild is to promote an exchange of knowledge and information about all types of art and provide mutual support, encouragement, and education to all its members.