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

Oregon’s First City Celbration – July 26



























Oregon’s First City Celebration!

July 26, 2014 – 11am to 9pm

Oregon City is celebrating 169 years as the first incorporated city west of the Rockies. Join us downtown for our biggest street and heritage fair yet!

✫✫ Free admission and live music all day.
✫✫ Juried art show and art competitions.
✫✫ Kids activities and attractions. NEW
✫✫ Living history actors. NEW
✫✫ Interactive storytelling throughout downtown. NEW
✫✫ Local wineries, food, and more!

Discover the other side of the Willamette Valley
East Willamette Valley Wineries New Release Festival
12 artisan winemakers & 50 miles of vines in one location
Friday, June 17th Winemaker’s Gala 6-10 pm
Saturday, June 18th Wine Competition noon-6pm
all events @ St JOSEF’S Winery- Canby, Oregon
a benefit for East Valley Viticulture Scholarship

July 26, 2014 – 11am to 9pm
11am – Street and Heritage Fair and Art Show Begins
7pm to 9pm – Main Street Block Party at Liberty Plaza
All Day – Live entertainment on the Liberty Stage
All Day – Family attractions

Preparing for an exciting new year

December 14, 2013 – The incoming TRAG board met for an afternoon retreat to talk about the new year, exciting events, and ongoing programs.

The 2014 board celebrates a new year.

The 2014 board celebrates a new year.

While more details will be announced (so stay tuned!), we do have a few things to announce.

  • February 15 – Art and Crab Fest – Museum of the Oregon Territory
  • July (last weekend) – First City Celebration – Main Street, Oregon City
  • August (mid) – Art on the Lawn – Holmes House (aka Rose Farm)
  • October – Hopkins “Forest of Arts” – Hopkins Demonstration Forest
  • December (first weekend) – Holiday Show – Pioneer Community Center

In addition, the board worked on an exciting year of general meeting presentation starting at the January 13 meeting!

Welcome to TRAG!

Our Mission

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.