Please Welcome Our 2024 Leadership

By Lynda Orzen, Co-President 2023

Several new faces stepped up to take on leadership positions for the guild. We are so thankful to have bright new faces and ideas. Sharing the Presidents position are Jessie Arts and Caroline Brown. Both are relatively new to the guild but have participated in our events.

Stepping up to be Co Vice Presidents are Cathy Rowe and Erin Redding. They have the fun job of creating great programs for our members.

Volunteering for the Secretary position is Vona Adams-Lawrence. Vona has been with the guild for several years and has participated in many events along with giving a presentation at a guild meeting.

We want to thank these volunteers for taking on very important positions for the guild so we can have a successful 2024 with new programs, ideas, and events.

Nominations for 2024 Board Positions

We are looking for nomination for volunteer board members who would be a piece of a larger puzzle. How about your best art friend in TRAG? How about you?

Presidents position. Where and what should TRAG continue to do: HELP TAKE US THERE.

Help a committee plan one of our festivals.

Secretary position. Take notes and print them up for the board and newsletter.

Vice-presidents position. Plan fun ideas for our monthly meetings:

Whew! That sounds like a lot of work unless we concentrate on more hands to help. TRAG members have lots of ideas and you can HELP TAKE US THERE. Nominations will be accepted until the November 10th or you jump up and say, “YES”, I’ll help at the November 13th meeting.

The form is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Call for Committee Chairs for 2024 Festival of the Arts

By Lynda Orzen, TRAG Co-President

At our September membership meeting we discussed the need for committee chairs to support the 2024 Festival of the Arts. Our last two events were organized by a small handful of people, that model is unsustainable moving forward.

The Festival is a significant event for the guild as it is Oregon City’s Premier art event. The event needs a significant number of volunteers to organize it in 2024.

I was asked to put together information outlining committee chair positions and the time needed to cover associated tasks.

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A Return to Juried Art for All TRAG Shows

By Sue Woodworth, TRAG Co-President

When TRAG had its “Gallery and Gift shop” at Singer Hill Café, every new artist or artists with a new medium submitted their art to the “jury committee.”

As we move forward, we will have the jurying process in place for all art shows we present: Spring Fling, Oregon City Festival of the Arts and our Holiday show. All new artists applying to shows for the first time or any artist with new mediums they are wanting to sell will go through the jury process.

Our established jury committee is looking for artist vision, originality, creative intent, mastery of a skill and craftsmanship and is ready to present to the public. We critique with positive feedback and suggestions for additional learning needs.

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Proposed Annual Dues Increase

By Tamara Scott, TRAG President

The TRAG Board has been discussing increasing the cost of our annual dues. No one is sure when the last dues increase was, so it is obviously time! We also wanted to start offering some incentives for members who volunteer their time to help TRAG run and continue to provide three awesome show opportunities for our artists as well as community artists. After much discussion at our Board meeting, we have decided on the following:

1. The new membership fee will be $40 for the year.

2. GOLD MEMBERSHIP! All Board members (elected and appointed positions) will automatically become Gold Members since they volunteer their time for the entire year. You can become a Gold Member after volunteering for TRAG activities 3 times. 

Gold Member perks are:

     a. No jury fee for any of our shows.
     b. 25% discount on booth fees for all of our TRAG shows throughout the year.

You may be asking yourself, “what are the volunteer opportunities?” Well, here are some examples of volunteer opportunities with TRAG:

a. Help set up and clean up for our monthly meetings. Arrive 30 minutes before the meeting starts and rearrange the tables and chairs (the tables and chairs are always set up in a horseshoe fashion, so the tables need to be moved to the side and chairs need to be set up in rows). After the meeting, the tables and chairs need to be put back as they were found, and all folding chairs put back on the chair racks in the back of the room.

b. Run for and get elected to a Board position (President, VP, Secretary, or Treasurer)

c. Get appointed to a non-elected Board position (membership coordinator, volunteer coordinator, public-relations coordinator, website coordinator, art gallery coordinator(s) (once we have a gallery again), marketing, Oregon City Fesitval of the Arts chair, Holiday Show chair.

d. Volunteer to help with one of our shows:

  • Be a part of the show committee
  • Place signs around town before the show
  • Pick up signs after the show
  • Volunteer the day of the show to booth sit for artists so they can take a break, deliver water and snacks to artists, any other duties needed by the
  • show committee.
  • Work at a booth representing TRAG at the Oregon City Farmer’s Market, West Linn Wednesday Markets, Concerts in the Park, etc. (These are opportunities available to TRAG and could help increase our membership, but we haven’t taken advantage of them yet due to lack of volunteers to help
  • with these activities).

e. Write a grant!

These are just some of the volunteer opportunities with TRAG. We need to increase member involvement in all of our activities which will, in turn, grow our amazing organization!

We will be voting on this proposed dues increase at our November meeting, so please plan on attending, or email me ( your vote before the meeting on November 7 th . If you have any questions or concerns about this proposed change, please don’t hesitate to come to the meeting to discuss your questions and/or concerns, or email me.

Donate to the 2022 OCFOTA Silent Auction

By Cathy Rowe, OCFOTA Silent Auction Coordinator

Would you love to have your artwork shown at the Oregon City Festival of the Arts, but cannot have a full booth this year? We are opening up the silent auction for donations from anyone in the Three Rivers Artist Guild that would like to donate a piece to the Silent Auction. This means that your piece would be on display in the Silent Auction tent at the front of the Festival for Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 13 and 14). This can be a great way to get exposure and feedback on your artwork, while also helping the Three Rivers Artist Guild to grow and thrive. If you would like to donate a piece of artwork, print, art class, or something else please contact Cathy Rowe at with an image of the piece, title, description, size, and value. Cathy will arrange artwork drop-off or a pick-up as needed.

We already have a lot of great artwork and community donations that you can see here: , but we wanted to include as many of our great member artists as possible. Please contact Cathy by August 10 if you would like to have a piece included in the OCFOTA Silent Auction. Bidding opens August 1 and will close August 14 at 4pm.

Survey for the TRAG Membership, Part 2

This is one final survey that we ask you to participate in. The response to the April survey was great, now we need to narrow things down for what to offer the rest of this year.  Please see below one final survey where we’re asking you to mark your top three topics for meetings, top three topics for workshops (still working on whether we can do those this year or not), three top community ideas, and top 2 long-range “dreams”.  Please, please, please (☺) participate in this last survey to help us build a great TRAG program for the remainder of this year!

Tamara Scott,
TRAG President

Workshop ideas: (Please pick your top three choices)(Required)
Meeting Ideas: (Please pick your top three choices)
Community Ideas: (Please pick your top three choices)
Dream Ideas (long-term projects/ideas): (Please pick your top two choices)
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