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
Three Rivers Gallery & Gifts reopening survey
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.