Halloween-themed poster contest to convey youth drug prevention messages


Please join with the Oregon City Chamber, Downtown Oregon City Association,  Three Rivers Art Guild and Oregon City Optimists to support youth

WHAT: Poster art with Halloween or fall themes and messages about the risks of drugs to youth will be submitted into drawing for prizes. Some posters will be enlarged and displayed in the windows of businesses who want youth-created, no-cost Halloween decorations.

WHO: Youth ages 11 to 18 years of age living in the Oregon City School District will be encouraged to enter. The contest is developed by Oregon City

Together (OCT) a Drug-Free Community Coalition.

WHEN: Contest kicks off early October. The posters for the windows will be ready to install Friday, October 23, 2020.

WHY: The biggest reason to get involved is because youth need to know their community supports them and their drug-free healthy futures.

Additionally, secondary research, conducted before the fires occurred, showed families were looking forward to making Halloween a big deal this year. Once the smoke clears (literally) and most folks are recovering, we are optimistic the majority of local parents and youth will welcome a fun and safe Halloween diversion.

A national poll conducted by The Harris Poll showed 74% of millennial moms and young parents say that Halloween is more important than ever this year.

A poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the National Confectioners Association found that 63% of adults believe people will find creative, fun and safe ways to celebrate the Halloween season this year.

“Our consumer insights indicate families will be looking to organize Halloween celebrations for their children while also trying to keep them safe,” said Iryna Shandarivska, senior category director for US Confections at Mondelez International. “This may mean that Halloween gatherings and celebrations that would have otherwise taken place in person shift virtually and that in-person activities happen in more ‘social bubbles,’ which people have created for themselves in a COVID-19 world.”

PARTNER:     There are several ways to support this effort.

  • Reach out to a youth to participate in this important event
  • Donate an item or gift card to the prize drawing.
  • Contribute art supplies for youth who may need them to participate.
  • Display poster art in your window.


Please contact Pam Wilson with donations, questions or suggestions.
Pam Wilson, Oregon City Together, 503-708-6929 (cell)



The Oregon City Community Education Dept. is under the umbrella of the Oregon City School
District. OC Com Ed contacted TRAG for artists that would be willing to teach online zoom art
classes for grades K-12. Artists can choose what grades they would like to teach – K-2, 3-5 and
so on. Due to the fires OC Com Ed has extended the date for classes into the winter. Also, OC
Community Ed is flexible with start and finish, how many lessons per week, and how many
lessons per course. This is a paying job, and OC Com Ed is accommodating artists as much as
possible so please consider this opportunity.

Interested artists should submit:
What grades they would like to teach
Schedule of Classes – how many weeks, how many times per week, how long for the class
Art subject and medium
Supply list
Cost of class

Dependent on Artist’s status, whether they are a Vendor or an Individual, Artist can submit cost
in two different ways. For detailed information go to

Please contact Suz Figini, Education Coordinator from Community Education, for application or
any questions.

Suz can be reached at 503-785-8520 ext: 7316, or suz.figini@orecity.k12.or.us

Call for Artists: One-Day-Only Open Show

A non-juried art show in Lake Oswego, OR

Exhibit date: 11am – 5pm on September 26, 2020

Register online only September 15 – 22, 2020

This one-day exhibition hosted by Lakewood Center for the Arts is one of several new programs resulting from the transition of the 2020 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts to smaller events in the wake of COVID-19. This exhibition will only be up for a single day and will support up to 150 artists! Inspired by our annual Open Show, the One-Day-Only Open Show will display work from emerging and established artists, and everyone is welcome to show their artworks without a jury process. This exhibit will be entirely outside and art will be hung from large construction fencing. Artists will be assigned a 3.5’ wide x 6’ tall fencing portion upon which to hang a maximum of 5 works per artist. A limited number of cash and non-cash awards will be presented to visual artworks, which are sponsored by area businesses, organizations, and individuals. Different arts professionals are selected as jurors each year. 

Apply online between Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11:59pm.

Exhibit Notes

Please join us in creating a memorable and unique art experience for Lake Oswego residents and surrounding communities. Each artist will be given a space in which to display their art, allowing visitors to engage with and celebrate each artist’s unique vision. All artists will install their own work on the fences using ‘s’ hooks provided by the Festival. 3D work placed directly in front of assigned fence panel is allowed, but pedestals will not be provided by the Festival. Please also understand that 3D work that could tip over from wind or bumping should NOT be entered into this exhibition. All artworks must be for sale during this exhibition, and each artwork can be priced no higher than $1500. In response to COVID 19 and governmental safety regulations, a limited number of visitors will be allowed into the large, outdoor exhibition area at any time. The exhibition area will be monitored, and due to a limited number of people allowed in the exhibition area, artists cannot stay with their work during the exhibition hours. Masks will be required at all times during setup and take down, and during the open hours of the event. Thank you!

Works Eligible

  • Only original artwork created within the last two (2) years and not previously entered in past Open Shows will be accepted.
  • Diptychs, triptychs, and/or sets may be entered as one of your five works and sold with one price. Some examples:
    • Single pieces in any media are eligible.
    • A set of hand-thrown wine glasses may be entered as one piece with one price.
    • A collection of ceramic fruit may be entered and sold as a set.
    • Two paintings that depict a garden, which are to be hung together as a diptych, may be entered as one piece with one price.
  • Each artist may include up to 5 individual artworks.
  • You will hang your own artworks on your assigned chain panel using ‘s’ hooks provided by the event. No other hanging mechanism can be used.
  • Not accepted: artwork requiring electrical outlets from the venue, mechanical prints, giclées, or copies of other artists’ works.


  • All 2D entries must be dry, framed, matted (or wrapped canvas), mounted, and hung with PICTURE HANGING WIRE. All glass must be properly secured. (No Uniframes, zigger type or rings, chains, garden or jewelry wire, or string). Artists will be hanging their own work using ‘s’ hooks, and are responsible for any damage to the artwork due to faulty hanging equipment on their artworks. 


  • Online Registration (NO on-site registration!): 
    • Begins Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Ends Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11:59pm. Register HERE starting September 15.
    • Don’t delay registering! Only the first 150 registered artists may participate.
  • Artist Check-in and Artwork Setup:
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 7am-10am (install times will be assigned to each artist), at Lakewood Center for the Arts
    • Artists must wear masks and respect social distancing requirements in place at the time of installation.
  • One-Day-Only Open Show hours: 
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 11am – 5pm
  • Pick up unsold art:
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 5:30pm – 6:30pm


All artwork must be for sale and priced no higher than $1500. A 20% commission from all sales will be retained by the Festival, so prices assigned by the artist must include the Festival commission. For example: Upon the sale of an artwork priced at $200, $40 would go to the Festival, and $160 would go to the artist. All proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, an arts education event that remains free to the public and is an event of the nonprofit organization, Lakewood Center for the Arts.

Registration Requirements

Artists are required to register in advance and hang their own artwork in the One-Day-Only Open Show on September 26, 2020 between 7am-10am. 

  • Each artist will be assigned a 3.5’ wide x 6’ tall fencing portion upon which to hang their art.
  • A maximum of 5 pieces of artwork per artist can be displayed.
  • Each artwork must be for sale, and priced no higher than $1,500.
  • There are NO registration fees to participate in this event.
  • Due to COVID-19 and necessary safety protocol, each artist must be able to carry and hang all their artworks without assistance from the event staff. There will be NO art holding areas or common spaces available to artists while they check in or during this event.
  • Artists must wear masks and respect social distancing requirements in place at the time of installation.

Rules of Participation

Cick here to view the Rules of Participation for the Open Show – all the facts about entering the One-Day-Only Open Show.


Sue Smith, Coordinator of the One-Day-Only Open Show, or Selena Jones, Festival Coordinator
Phone: 503.636.1060
Email: festival@lakewood-center.org
Street address: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Mailing address: Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Call for Art – Call for Artist Nominations – Black Matter

Exhibition: Black Matter
Dates: April-May, 2021(Hopefully in person)
Location: The Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
Contact: tjwilson@artinoregon.org

The exhibition Black Matter showcases contemporary Oregon artists in an effort to address an imbalance in representation.  Their voices should be heard, not because they are black, because they are human beings with unique life experiences.  It is essential to lift up the contributions of black artists above systematic oppression in life and in art.  Black artists should be recognized as individuals, without the filter of what the Western art canon tells us black art is or should be.  The artists in this exhibition are all important black and African artists living and working here in Oregon.  The artwork in this exhibition expresses more than their experience of living in a state and country rooted in systematic racism; their work speaks to the experience of being human.

We are seeking talented black and African artists currently living and making artwork in Oregon. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.  We are looking for 2D and 3D artists with exceptional mastery of their chosen  medium. All subject matter and ideas are welcome. There is no size limit on the artwork that will be considered. Installation art must be suitable for display in an open floor plan gallery space next to other artwork.  Due to the current covid crisis, all artwork must be suitable to view in person or in a virtual exhibit. Artists selected to exhibit will receive a $500 stipend from the Art Center. Artists will be required to provide high quality images of all artwork accepted into the show.  To apply for or to nominate an artist for this exhibition send an email with a link to your/their artist website.  Artists may also send up to 5 images of your artwork with a brief artist statement about your current artwork. Artists can choose to include an artist CV and/or biography statement, but it is not required.

To apply or nominate send an email with the subject line: Black Matter

email: tjwilson@artinoregon.org

Quote: “It’s almost as if, in order to be a successful black artist, they must perpetually create art that speaks on black culture and racism. It’s not important for an artist’s race to be apparent just by looking at their work but, knowing that there are an increasing number of black artists being featured in museums and galleries is important. True progress will be achieved when work by black artists are collected based on the same criteria as their mainstream white counterparts instead of being judged as having an inherent racial bias. It is up to modern day art collectors, curators, and art historians to change the perspective.”   ~Tania Inniss

About the curator:
Tammy Jo Wilson is a black artist and curator residing just south of Portland, Oregon in historic Oregon City. She creates artwork using a broad variety of media including encaustic, ink, ceramics, fabric, and oil paint. She received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and her MFA from San Jose State University.  She has exhibited her work nationally and was awarded the Leland Ironworks Golden Spot Artist Residency in 2017, performed in the SALT: Above a Whisper at Shaking the Tree Theatre in 2018, and was featured in the two women exhibit Biological Dissonance at the Parrish Gallery in Newberg, Oregon in 2019. Wilson is co-founder and President of the arts organization Art in Oregon (AiO). A statewide non-profit working to foster culturally rich regional communities through partnerships, advocacy and investment in artists, businesses, educational spaces and community spaces. Wilson has taught college photography and 2D Foundations art classes. She co-curated the exhibit An Artistic Heritage in 2019, Art Makes History and You are Not a Robot in 2020. She currently works in the art department at Lewis & Clark College as the Visual Arts & Technology Program Manager. tammyjowilson.com

email: tjwilson@artinoregon.org

Call for Artists: Night of the Moon Market

You are invited to participate in the first Night of the Moon Market sponsored by the Chahalem Cultural Center and the Newberg Downtown Coalition. The market will take place on September 12, two weeks before the annual Night of the Moon fundraiser. The Art Market will be outdoors, in front of the Cultural Center from 3-7pm. Mark you calendars for an afternoon full of shopping! If you are interested in being a vendor you can email events@newbergdowntown.org. 

More information can be found on the Newberg Downtown website.

Call to Artists: Outdoor Community Art Jam on September 5

Creative Spirits Gallery at WLLC Presents
Outdoor Community Art Jam
Saturday, September 5th, 1-3pm

What’s an art jam?
A freestyle artistic “jam session” on the beautiful grounds at West Linn Lutheran Church. A loose gathering (6 feet+ apart!) where we make art of our choice, at our own pace, in company with friends and neighbors.

How does it work?
You choose what you make and where you make it. You can wander the labyrinth, breathe in the roses, or contemplate the oak grove. We’ll circle up at the end to share our creations and admire our neighbors’ talent. Restrooms will be available, but otherwise we will stay outside to stay safe.

What kind of art?
Painting. Poetry. Photography. Calligraphy. Charcoal. Collage. Cross-stitch. iPad drawing. If
you love to make it, and you can do it outside, you can bring it to Art Jam.

What else should I bring?
● Your art, and whatever you need to work on it comfortably. (An easel? A card table?)
● Maybe a hat? The point is: dress for the weather. We’ll be outside the whole time!
● A stadium seat, camp chair, or folding chair, if sitting in the grass is not your thing.
● A face mask. For community safety, we will ask that everyone wears their mask
while we are together.
● A friend. (see RSVP request below)

I want to come! Can I just show up?
Please RSVP by emailing the WLLC office: office@wllc.org. Include the number of
individuals attending. We would love to say you can just show up, but for safety, Art Jam is
limited to 25 people. It’s open to anybody, so please feel free to ask your neighbor who
writes poems and your best friend who paints. Just make sure they RSVP—or you include
them in yours.

Call for Artists: Online Oregon City Community Education Art Classes

The Oregon City Community Education Dept. is under the umbrella of the Oregon City School District. The Community Ed Dept is seeking artists that would be interested in teaching a community education class in an on-line zoom platform for students K-12th grade. Artists can choose what grades they would like to teach – K-2, 3-5 and so on. Class offerings would be for either the fall term which would be toward the end of September and finish no later than Thanksgiving; or winter term which would be December or January and finish up by March. OC Community Ed is flexible with start and finish, how many lessons per week, and how many lessons per course.

Interested artists should submit:

  • What grades they would like to teach
  • Schedule of Classes – how many weeks, how many times per week, how long for the class
  • Art subject and medium
  • Supply list
  • Cost of class

Dependent on Artist’s status, Artist can submit cost in two different ways:

  1.  Vendor status: A vendor would be an artist who has their own business with an insurance policy of minimum 1 million dollars. The community education dept. needs to have a certificate of insurance policy page on file at time of class offering. A vendor would fill out a w-9, and provide all contact information to the school district. School district would set the business up as a vendor and after the community education classes were completed, the vendor would invoice the school district for the amount of students x per student cost. (example: 15 students enrolled in class x $100.00 per student = $1,500) 
  2. Vendor gets to decide how many students need to be enrolled in the class to make the class worth running. They can also decide what the maximum enrollment would be. 
  3. Community Education Dept. builds the class offering into their registration system and the students register through Oregon City Community Education. The dept. keeps $30 per student and that $30 is included in the tuition fee. So if the vendor wants $100 per student, the community ed dept. would make the tuition $130.00 per student. 
  4. We would also need to determine if there would be a supply fee and the student comes to Eastham and pick up their supplies before class starts or a supply list provided to student to go buy their supplies for the class.
  5. Community education Dept. keeps in close contact with the vendor with updates on enrollment and supplies the vendor with a roster of all the students. The vendor uses the final roster as the amount of students to invoice the school district. 
  6. When the class offering is downloaded into the registration system, the system generates a contract that the school district signs and the vendor signs. 
  7.  Individual Artist status: An individual artist interested in teaching a community education class would fill out an employment application, go through the background check which also includes fingerprinting at local UPS store and fingerprints are sent to FBI. There are a few forms to fill out and they would be going to the District office to meet with Payroll dept. Community Ed will supply artist with the forms to fill out and help them set up a time to go to the district office to pick up the fingerprint packet and meet with payroll dept. Community Ed has made arrangements with the school district to pay for the background check which ranges from $52-$60. Normally an employee would have that fee taken out of their paychecks, but Community Ed will be picking up this cost for the Artist. Artists that apply with Individual Artist Status need to be paid on an hourly basis, and are paid by the Oregon City School District once a month towards the end of the month. 
  8. Individual artist should submit cost of course to Community Ed and determine what the hourly cost would be. Suz Figini from Community Ed will then determine how many students would need to be enrolled in the class to make it possible to pay the employee that hourly wage. Suz would determine how much the tuition for the class would be also.  The artist may want to teach just a workshop style class ranging anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 weeks. Community Ed is flexible on number of classes and frequency during the week.
  9. When the class offering is downloaded into the registration system, the system generates a contract that the school district signs and the individual employee signs. The individual employee will also have a time sheet to document their class contact hours and possible prep time if needed. The individual employee might decide that prep hours are a different hourly rate than hourly wage. 

All classes must be on-line with no person to person contact for the class. This is due to the Oregon City School District’s decision to start the school year with distance learning.

Please contact Suz Figini, Education Coordinator from Community Education, for application or any questions.

Suz can be reached at 503-785-8520 ext: 7316, or suz.figini@orecity.k12.or.us

Community Education is located at Eastham 1404 7th St in Oregon City.

Call for Artists: OSA Fall Juried Show

• This is a juried show, open to both OSA members and non-members.

• Accepted mediums: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed Media Collage (artist’s original work only), Photography, Pastel, Printmaking (Monotype, Etching, Linocut, etc), Encaustic Painting. No 3D works accepted.

• Awards for Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mention(s) will be awarded by the juror. Awards will include ribbons as well as cash prizes for the higher-level awards.

• The entry fee is:
OSA Members: $35 for up to 2 pieces
Non-Members: $45 for up to 2 pieces

• Complete the Artwork Consignment Form at the link below and bring it when you deliver your work to OSA.

Dates, rules, and guidelines for the show can be found here.

Questions? Email OSA at info@osartists.org.

Call for Artists: Commission of an Exterior Artwork at OIT’s Cornett Hall in Klamath Falls

Oregon Arts Commission: Invitation to Artists

The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) request qualifications for the commission of an exterior artwork at OIT’s Cornett Hall in Klamath Falls.

OIT’s Cornett Hall in Klamath Falls

About Cornett Hall

Originally built in 1964, the 101,000 sq ft Cornett Hall has been adapted over the years to accommodate a wide variety of programs. Recent renovations have updated the building to be a modern and safe lab and classroom building to educate students for technology jobs at this growing polytechnic university. The interior architecture has an industrial yet modern feel with spaces that are open, flexible and durable for handling various engineering processes, from dirty to high tech.

Cornett Hall is the primary project lab building for the School of Engineering, Technology and Management, consisting of industrial labs, classrooms and workspaces, primarily for the departments of Civil Engineering and Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology. It is also home to the Oregon Renewable Energy Center, Campus Security and Environmental Health and Safety.


An approximate total of $130,000 is available for commissioning new site-specific exterior art, which will include artist fees, fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation and all other project costs.


Artists and artist teams living in Oregon, Washington and northern California are eligible to apply. Artists currently on Oregon’s Public Artist Roster must apply directly to this call.


Completed applications must be received no later than Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee will review applications and select up to three finalists who will be invited to submit a detailed project proposal for which they will be paid a design stipend of $800. If selected as a finalist, proposers will be invited for a site visit. Though this tour is not required, it is an opportunity for artists to familiarize themselves with the art zone, surrounding space and campus community.

Art Zone: The Courtyard

The selected art zone is a 20 x 20 ft site located within the large and open-spaced courtyard area in the center of Cornett Hall. The newly redesigned courtyard is intended to serve as an outdoor learning and social space. It is highly visible from the building’s lobby and there are large bay doors that open from adjacent lab spaces into the courtyard.

All artwork materials must be durable, low maintenance and compatible with outdoor application.

Potential Aesthetic and Thematic Characteristics

*     Respectful and responsive to the architecture of Cornett Hall through materials and/or structural form;

*     Conceptually connected to engineering (civil and mechanical) through materials, material behavior, structural form;

*     Shows actual movement (kinetic) or suggestive of movement; and

*     Encourages interaction and engagement, possibly through movement, touch or sound.

More Information

For more details and how to apply see the Cornett Hall Request for Qualifications PDF.

Learn more about OIT: https://www.oit.edu

Learn more about the Cornett Hall renovation project: https://www.oit.edu/faculty-staff/facilities-services/projects/active-projects.  

Questions? Contact Renee Couture, Project Manager, 541-496-4666 or coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com.

This project is made possible through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places program.

Arts and Poetry Contest – And the Winners Are!

TRAG was asked by Oregon City Parks and Rec to help support an amazing project for young Artists and Poets.  The contest was divided into two age groups 11-13 and 14-16. Each group was asked to either write a poem or create a piece of art inspired by Oregon City’s history. Parks and Rec received a total of 20 submissions, and they were truly amazing. TRAG contributed to the jurying for each age group and helped tally the winners. 

The Contest Winners are:

Artists – 11-13 Group
First Place:  Charlotte Lennon
Second Place:  Gabriel Benischek
Third Place:  Lexus Devries

Artist 14-16 Group
First Place:  Delaney McFarland
Second Place:  Quinn Wardwell
Third Place:  Mary Cruz

Poetry – 11-13
First Place:  Freya Steed
Second Place:  Noah Graf
Third Place:  Addie Contreras

No Poetry submissions for 14-16

 Deepest thanks to our Art Jurors: Lucas Nickerson, Bonnie Moore, and Sandra Buyer; and also to our Poetry Jurors: Laura Lee Scott, Kate Gray, and Linda Appel.

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