By Susan Woodworth
By the time you read this newsletter, TRAG’s Gallery Art/in weekend August 28th, 29th 30th will have come and gone, and on September 2nd the TRAG desk’s welcome sign will have been turned on. The 4 musketeers: Trieste Andrews, Holly Kroening, Jeanne Kelly Brown and I spent lots of sweaty, fun and encouraging hours working together in the Gallery. Cheri Bosserman connected TRAG to our WIFI and set up the iPad for square charges – now ready for the Gallery’s first sale. Come visit, or bring your Art in for the September October rotation, and you will find new paint, new carpet, moved cubbies and jewelry cabinets, mopped floors and more slat wall sheets so pictures can be hung without holes in the walls.
The new Yvonne’s at Singer Hill has also given us permission to hang 2D art in the café at their discretion. We will have the large area in the cafe room that leads into the Gallery. September and October will feature art from TRAG’s artists. Moving forward, we will dedicate this space for emerging artists from our local schools and colleges.
The new TRAG gallery committee continues to organize and do the necessary work to reopen our space. TRAG has a new Gallery/Artist contract, Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreement and 2D and 3D tags and labels for artwork. These forms are all located on the TRAG website.
Social distancing rules will be strictly adhered to. All art items will have visible tags for customers to view without having to pick them up. If customers wish to pick up the art, gloves will be required and supplied by the Gallery manager. As with all retail spaces at the present time, we will have social distancing signs, gloves, hand sanitizer, and masks required and available for all.
We have had to follow the lead of Yvonne’s cafe opening in fits and starts in trying to pick a reopening date for the gallery. Our current rotation for September/October was chosen to whet the appetite of the customers. Our goal is then to provide a full November/December rotation for holiday shopping. As we move into the new year of 2021, rotations will be 3 months each.
As I painted in the gallery over the last weekend, I had the first exciting glimmer of what Yvonne’s cafe clientele attendance (and potentially our own) will be like. My first clue was seeing “so many cars” parked all around the cafe. As I entered the café, I found people sitting at tables on the sidewalk, and people waiting to go in as they adhered to the social distancing rules. All this – and Yvonne’s was still only serving coffee and pastries. The cafe will start serving breakfast the last weekend of August. Yvonne and her staff are just lovely and are excited as we are for TRAG’s potential for exposure.
Note some TRAG gallery changes as we work with our new tentmates of Yvonne’s at Singer Hill. TRAG artists coming to the gallery to work or visit must use the cafe’s main door. The door that enters the large room where the Gallery is located will remain locked per the cafe’s request. This is due to current COVID restrictions and ensuring that no more than the maximum number of people are allowed in the café space at one time. The café staff will be mentioning our Gallery as they bring customers to their seats. We can use that door to put our Gallery sandwich board out each morning but place it by the main door. Make sure the door is relocked after reentering the café. Also, the café’s hours are 7am – 3pm. We will address those hours for the next rotation. Pre-Covid Singer Hill Cafe gave a TRAG members a 10% discount on any purchases made while working in the gallery. As Yvonne’s is just starting and having to run at 1/2 capacity we will not be asking for any discounts. Last but not least – make sure you wear your masks while working or visiting the gallery with noses covered. This is a state requirement for service industries.
If you have questions and concerns, please feel free to let the gallery committee know. Please be kind. Keep in mind that we are all volunteers working our hardest to promote you and our TRAG gallery. The suggestion box is gone. In its place is a blank journal for ongoing comments, suggestions and questions. Kind of like a Gallery Diary. These are difficult times, and we welcome not only suggestions, but any help you can give.
We welcome you to share our opening on your social media platforms and to all your friends and family. TRAG Gallery and Yvonne’s at Singer Hill will be open 7 days a week 9-2pm starting September 2nd. See you there!
The following information didn’t make it into the August newsletter.
The Gallery is opening September 2nd. The rotation will run 2 months. Art in and Out will be August 28, 29, 30th from 2-5pm.
Next 2 month rotation Art In and Out will be October 30, 31 and November 1st.
This will give the artists the biggest exposure for Christmas.
2 months September/October
2 months November/December
3 month January/February/March
The deadline to apply for the September/October rotation has been extended till next Monday, August 10th, 2020. Artists who fill out the application form below will receive schedules for Art in and Out and work schedules next week.
We still keep our fingers crossed that Covid doesn’t attack our plans again.
Three Rivers Artists Guild
Gallery Co-chair Coordinator
New Artist Jury Coordinator
Extended Call for Artists
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Opening the TRAG gallery has been penciled in for September 2nd.
Thirty-nine TRAG artists have been patiently waiting to fill the gallery to the brim with wonderful creations. Our goal is to follow the Oregon health guidelines in planning the safest environment for our artists and customers.
We are limiting the number of artists at a time to bring in their art to the gallery over a 3 day period. A skeleton crew will stage the art and ready the gallery for our September 2nd opening. We will have a mask, glove, and hand sanitizer table at our entrance and will monitor a limited customer flow for social distancing. In planning safety for our artists, some will not be working shifts in the gallery. Those who are at a higher health risk and / or hesitant to be in a more social situation will have their shifts covered by other members. Our hours will be shorter, from 9am – 2pm.
We will not be celebrating our opening with an Artist reception in these pandemic times. We welcome you to come and see the Gallery changes, view, and possibly purchase your fellow members artwork.
Jeanne Kelly Brown
Three Rivers Artists Guild
Our schedule to reopen is being pushed out at least another 2 weeks.
Due to COVID 19 and Singer Hill business plans I can share that we need to wait “for a go ahead”. We cannot put any dates in play at this time. Be glad that our small gallery rooms have fresh new carpet that was installed by Trieste and her wonderful husband Roger. Roger also provided some molding stripes to complete our main room wall hanging area. We have newly hung 4’x8′ and 2’x 4′ slat wall pieces for hanging pictures on so less wall space will have nail holes. Those came from a great find on Craigslist. I thank my husband for helping Holly and I put those up. We were offered a great price on a rot iron jewelry display case and thank Sue Thomas and her husband for jumping from their seats immediately to pick it up. A big thank you to Trieste Andrews who single handedly cleaned our bathroom~!! Our small (for safety reasons) gallery cleanup/staging crew has just a bit more to pick straighten up.
We are working on some tags that you can print to be used next to wall 2D and shelf 3D. Hang in there~!!
Delay of plans is preferable to error.
TRAG Gallery Coordinators
It is an exciting time for all of us! TRAG is taking precautionary but steady steps to reopen the gallery on August 1st dependent upon reopening regulations at that time.
Susan Woodworth, Jeanne Kelly Brown and Holly Kroening will be co-chairing the Gallery and acting as Gallery committee. With our ever present Covid-19 challenges and restrictions in place, we believe it is in the best interest of the Guild and our members’ health to keep the Gallery Committee small.
After much discussion and review here is an overview of the Gallery’s plans and progress so far:
- A small group of TRAG members – Susan Woodworth, Holly Kroening, Jeanne Kelly Brown, Susan Thomas and Trieste Andrews – recently repainted the Gallery walls including the two small rooms and bathroom. We are also looking into replacing the rugs in the two smaller rooms. The walls are now a wonderful bright white to accent the forthcoming Artwork, and the Gallery is now much more visible as you step into the large room of the café.
- Plans are also underway for additional signage and decorative items to draw customers’ eyes to the Gallery entrance.
- Additionally, Yvonne’s has requested the Guild’s Artwork to be installed in all areas of the café. This will give our Artists considerably more space to display and sell their artwork.
Rotation and Hours of Operation
The 1st rotation will be from August 1st through October. Rotations will follow every 3 months with a new call for artists.
Art In: Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th, 2020.
Art Out: Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th, 2020.
Artists will be scheduled every 15 minutes. Artists will be responsible for their own inventory and Art items. We plan to make Art in and out… simple! Masks are mandatory and gloves and hand sanitizers will be made available.
- The Gallery will follow the opening and hours of the café. If Yvonne’s Cafe is open per Oregon State Covid restrictions/requirements, the Gallery will remain open. If the Cafe is closed – The Gallery is closed.
- Hours: The Gallery’s hours will also follow the Café’s, and will be 7 days a week, 9am – 2pm. Additional events at later hours are currently being discussed.
- We appreciate that some of our TRAG members may be worried, fearful, and hesitant with a reopening the gallery. This is totally understandable. With that in mind, we are working on a plan to offer Gallery shift coverage for those who are not ready to venture out yet.
- When the gallery is open for customers, we will have a table set up with one-time disposable masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. Only Customers wearing gloves will be allowed to touch artists’ items and look through bin prints and cards. Bin prints and cards will all require protective sleeves. No customer will be allowed to try on any jewelry or clothing accessories.
- All art displayed for sale must have a visible tag displayed on the front or next to it noting artist, medium and the price. This will prevent customers from handling the piece and turning it over to check price or contact info.
- A clear plastic barrier will be installed at the cash register and possibly a portable one for showing customers items in the jewelry cabinets.
- In discussions with Yvonne, she is adamant that her customers will be required to wear masks into the cafe to order, take out or wait inside for service.
- TRAG is currently looking into the maximum customers allowed inside the Gallery at any given time per Covid regulations. The 6-foot social distancing requirement will be strictly followed and calculated with the Gallery’s own square footage.
Call for Artists
- In celebration of the Gallery’s reopening, and the opportunity to install artwork throughout the café, we will welcome any and all artwork from our Guild members. Yes – if you created it and feel like you want to display it – send in your application!
- The fee is $60 for the 3-month rotation ($20 per month). As before, Artists will receive 70% of each sale; TRAG will receive a 30% commission.
- The deadline to sign up for the August/September/October rotation is Sunday, July 19th, 2020.
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On May 24th artists were given the opportunity to pick up their Art at the Gallery inside Singer Hill Cafe. Artists came in at 1/2 hour scheduled times, donning face masks to maintain social distancing, as Sue Woodworth and Holly Kroening helped gather their precious artwork. We are all asking “What next? When will we reopen? Is Singer Hill Cafe opening soon”? The owners of Singer Hill have wanted to sell the café business for quite some time. TRAG keeps in touch with them regularly, and we are delighted that potential new owners and creative business models are all being seriously considered. We are happy to report that all of these options always include the Three Rivers Artist Gallery. The tentative goal is to “possibly” have the Singer Hill Cafe and our TRAG gallery open the first of September 2020. Do we know that for sure – no, but let’s think positively! Be aware that we would need to be compliant with Covid-19 business restrictions and regulations. Our artists need to be thinking of how to display their art, manage their scheduled working time and being with the public. That is just a fact of this new environment we are in.
The TRAG gallery management will look a bit different as we plan to reopen. After much consideration ~ I will continue as the Gallery Coordinator. My goal is to be transparent with the workings of the Gallery, and oversee it with a fun, knowledgeable and idea-generating volunteer group. I am looking to create a new gallery committee where big jobs can be broken down into smaller more manageable tasks. Since Cheri Bosserman is graciously taking over all of TRAG’s financing duties, we will need someone to manage the online scheduling. Holly Kroening will continue to manage our wall art. We are grateful to Vona Adams-Lawrence who has been managing all of the Gallery’s supply needs. Additionally, we need someone to watch over, cultivate and organize each rotation of gallery artists.
We are currently discussing some exciting new options for the Gallery when we reopen. We will continue to evaluate the 2-month versus 3-month gallery rotations. I would like to have 1-2 people dedicated to mentoring new artists regarding paperwork and salesperson skills, as they learn to work in the gallery. We also welcome ideas on the entry look to the Gallery – Something that will catch a person’s eye as they walk into the main room of the café, and a plan to implement it. Under the new management we will also continue TRAG’s “new artist jury committee”. We had our first meeting prior to our new Covid life but will meet again. I strongly see meetings held as zoom conferences or a potential outdoor meeting where we can easily comply with 6-foot distancing regulations. Our health and the accompanying chain of contacts will be a major deciding factor as we “mindfully” carry on from here.
Does the idea of knowing more about the gallery, making our presence more notable in the community, and sharing and exploring new ideas interest you? I am eager to hear from you. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I promise it will be fun and inspiring. There is nothing like art to bring a community together.
Three Rivers Gallery & Gifts Coordinator
Greetings Three Rivers Artist Guild and Gallery Members –
Hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well. It’s been a time of uncertainty, anxiousness, and concern for all of us – but also a time of inspiration, introspection, and a reevaluation of what is most meaningful in our lives. Life is all about change. We are definitely in the midst of transforming into a new world.
I’m sure that many of you have been wondering what is happening with our Gallery at the Singer Hill Café in Oregon City. Since information from our City, County, State and landlord seems to change on a daily basis, we wanted to receive a more definite plan of action before contacting you all.
As you probably know by now, retail and art galleries in particular have already received permission to open. Currently, they are to follow the guidelines of retail stores such as Fred Meyers and Target which were deemed essential. The only requirements at this time are:
- Limit the number of customers in the retail store and focus on maintaining at least six (6) feet of distance between people and employees in the store. Store management should determine maximum occupancy to maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distancing, considering areas of the store prone to crowding (like aisles) and limit admittance accordingly.
- Post clear signs (available at healthoregon.org/coronavirus) listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and listing who to contact if they need assistance.
- Use signs to encourage physical distancing.
- Frequently clean and sanitize work areas, high-traffic areas, and commonly touched surfaces in both customer/public and employee areas of store. Wipe down changing room doorknobs, walls and seating between each customer use.
- Require all employees to wear cloth, paper or disposable face coverings. Businesses must provide cloth, paper or disposable face coverings for employees.
In addition to these requirements, there are strongly recommended guidelines, but are not required. For these and more detailed information you can go to: Specific Guidance for Retail Stores.
I would like to make it clear that these guidelines for reopening a retail space are not a part of Phase I. Clackamas county, which the gallery is a part of, has not even submitted their plan to the Governor for approval. Mainly because Clackamas is more affected than other counties and has a longer process for submission and approval. When and if Clackamas County is approved for Phase I reopening, the above guidelines already in place will most likely entail more restrictions. This may include tracking customers entering the store in case of future infections. For complete information on each Phase of reopening, you can go to Reopening Oregon.
The TRAG Gallery has its own set of issues and concerns since we are located inside of a restaurant/café, and restaurants are not approved yet for reopening. Although the Gallery could potentially reopen by use of one of the Café doors, we would obviously lose the traffic from the café and the potential income. Additionally, the owners of Singer Hill Café are currently seeking a new owner and/or looking at a different business model for their site.
After much discussion at our TRAG Board meeting on May 15th and conversations with the Singer Hill owners, we have decided to keep the Gallery closed until the Café actually reopens. We have a potential date of September 1 st , but this of course could change.
If you currently have art in the Gallery, we will be in touch shortly with a plan and schedule on when you can pick up your art. We will have artists come in intermittently and require masks and other safety precautions as required.
TRAG is also deeply concerned about our members’ thoughts and feedback on reopening. Basically – we would like to know if you are comfortable yourself in participating in the Gallery when the Café reopens. If you would be so kind as to answer that question below, we will continue with our plans and guidelines for reopening. We will be sure to update you as time goes by and different guidelines are instituted by our governing officials. Take care and stay well.
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild
Due to the health issues surrounding the COVID 19 virus, and in order to protect both our members and customers, the TRAG Gallery will be closed until further notice. Additionally, the April 13th public Guild meeting at the Pioneer Center will also be cancelled. Instead, there will be a virtual Guild meeting about the use of Instagram and Facebook for the artist. All other meetings are subject to further notice. Please take care of yourselves and stay well. Let’s take this opportunity to delve into our passions and do what we love – create art and bring some much needed joy in a time we need it most.
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild
Updated 3/16 11:25 pm
I am glad to hear from so many of you with questions and concerns. The choice that Trieste and I made for short hours for the gallery weighted heavily on us. We have NOW decided to keep the gallery closed. No one needs more potential close contacts at this time. Stay home, stay healthy and enjoy the time with your loved ones. We will be closed at least though April 1st.
We will not have Art in/out on the March 28th / 29th as that would bring too many people together. If someone is in need of their art at the end of the month that certainly can be arranged. So sorry to cause more worry and concerns earlier.
We care about all of you. It is important to us to be part of the solution.
Gallery Co-chair Coordinator
New Artist Jury Coordinator
This is the TRAG Gallery 3/16/2020 update due to Gov. Brown’s announcement of restaurants closing for take-out only in Oregon. Unfortunately, Singer Hill will be closed as of Tuesday, March the 17th, 2020, except for take outs.
Fortunately, Singer Hill says that the TRAG gallery can stay open on a daily basis. After having discussed with Trieste Andrews the pros and cons…. We shall have “bankers hours” 9am -2pm.
We will have our TRAG sign set out with an open notice on it by the middle door that comes into the cafe. Singer Hill will be kind enough to advise customers who come in for take out orders that they are welcome to browse the gallery while waiting.
We shall see how this goes and re-evaluate as the days go on. My hope would be that people will have cabin fever and need some place to wander safely for a bit. What better place to wander than our gallery. Art In/out will be the last weekend of March. Work your shifts. Bring in fun work for customers to see. Every sale is important.
If you have questions or concerns or ideas please feel free to email or call.