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 cathyrowe.art@gmail.com 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: https://app.galabid.com/ocfota22 , 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)
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Community Ideas: (Please pick your top three choices)
Dream Ideas (long-term projects/ideas): (Please pick your top two choices)
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Survey for the TRAG Membership

Hello TRAG Members!!  We, your TRAG board members REALLY need your input!  Not being able to meet in person for two years has taken a toll on our art guild.  Overall, I think we’ve done a fairly good job keeping things going for two years, but still…..we’ve taken a hit.  Our membership numbers are down.  We are not alone in this….many organizations have been affected, and some have even folded.  We certainly are hoping that TRAG will continue and flourish in the coming year(s).  This, however, depends a great deal on participation of the membership.  This is one way that you can participate and have a say in how we move forward as a guild.  We’re hoping this will be an exciting time of “re-imagining” the guild as we begin to gather together again.  Previous surveys have only generated around 4 or 5 people responding.  My hope is that we get at least 50% of members responding.  Will you be one of those?  I sure hope so!  Thanks, in advance, for participating.

Tamara Scott
TRAG President


April 11th, 2022 In-person Guild Meeting: nests using found and recycled materials with Susan Schenk

Have we got some fun for you at the next Guild meeting!  Susan Schenk is going to get our creative juices flowing!  After our short business portion of the evening, Susan is going to teach us to make beautiful handmade nests using found and recycled materials. Not only will you take your little treasure home with you, but you will have a new skill as well. 

Please join us on April 11th at a NEW TIME- 6-7:30 pm.

We are going to be trying different times to see what works the best for the most people. The board hopes to see you there and optional masks are welcome and encouraged for those who want. YOU make the Guild what it is, and we need members to attend and help shape the direction of our Guild. Invite other creatives you know to check us out and invite them to attend a meeting with you…

See you on the 11th!

Rhoda Bohr, VP

Meeting Details

When: April 11th, 2002 from 6 p.m. till 7:30 p.m.

Where: Pioneer Community Center (Basement Area), 615 5th St, Oregon City, OR 97045 – entrance from 5th St.

February 2022 President’s Message

Dear TRAG Members,

Happy February! Hope everyone has enjoyed our unusually sunny weather over the past couple of weeks! I am a lucky lady and will be spending 2/3-2/11 (maybe longer?) in Hawaii! I’m looking forward to the warmth and the sun and swimming with sea turtles.

We had our first Board meeting on January 20th and I want to give you an update on what’s to come for TRAG this year.

First, I’d like to thank all of you who responded to the questionnaire about the meeting in January and your thoughts on proof of vaccination for meetings. It is so helpful to get input from the membership when trying to make decisions about how to move forward. As you all know, we did cancel the meeting in January due to the very high Covid numbers in Oregon. As a board, we have decided to cancel the February meeting as well and are VERY hopeful that we will, indeed, meet IN PERSON on March 14th! The results of the survey regarding proof of vaccination were: Yes-17; No-12; Maybe-5. The Board discussed this and since it was not an overwhelming YES, we will not require proof of vaccination for meetings, but will require that everyone at the meeting wear a mask and that it is properly worn over the mouth AND nose. We just want everyone to be safe, and we want to meet in person again.

As you all know, Trieste Andrews (our immediate past president) has stepped down from coordinating the Oregon City Festival of the Arts (OCFOTA). (It is a well-deserved break!) I’m happy to announce that OCFOTA is on for this year! We have a wonderful trio of women (Jen Henry, Lynda Orzen, & Tima Carlson) who will be coordinating the event this year along with the many dedicated volunteers from years past. OCFOTA is a wonderful event for our organization as well as for the community and we are so happy that it will continue this year.

We are also happy to let you know that it looks like we will be able to have a Spring Fling event at the Oregon City Golf Course on Mother’s Day weekend. We are tentatively scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 6 & 7—that way artists can be with their family on Mother’s Day if that is something you celebrate. It would be and early morning set up on Friday and we’d open for business from 12 pm – 5 pm. Saturday hours would be 10 am – 5 pm. It looks like we’ll have room for 25 artists. The Call for Artists will go out soon with a link to an application. Many thanks to Lynda Orzen for helping to coordinate this and other upcoming events where our artists will be able to sell their work.

That is a good segue into the topic of our TRAG Gallery. As you all are aware, we had to close the gallery around August of last year. This was a very tough decision for the TRAG Board and Gallery Managers to make, as we know how important it is for our artists to have an opportunity to display and sell their work in a gallery. However, it just wasn’t feasible to keep it open any longer given the significant decrease in sales and foot traffic. We, of course, are not alone—-many businesses have had to close due to the pandemic. Our landlords at Singer Hill were so gracious and let us continue to store our “stuff” in the gallery space with the hope that we would be able to reopen at some point, however, we received notice in later October that we would need to have all our things out of the gallery space by the end of November 2021 due to them remodeling the space. At our Board meeting in January, after much discussion, we decided that we need to wait for at least a year before we entertain the prospect of finding a new gallery space. Now is just not the right time. Things may look very different in a year, or we may still be in the midst of this pandemic—who knows! What we all agree on is that we want the best chance for the new gallery to be successful—opening and then having to close again would just be so disheartening for all involved. I know this is not the news most of you were hoping to hear and I’m sorry for that. Please feel free to contact me or any of the Board members if you have questions/concerns/thoughts about this.

I look forward to seeing everyone again at our March 14th meeting! Same time and place:
The Pioneer Center basement meeting room from 7-8:30pm. Come with lots of ideas about what you want from your TRAG membership this year. As always, we welcome and encourage involvement from all the members for any activity/event that we plan. Please let me know if you have an interest in helping with any of the things I’ve presented above.

Be well,

Tamara Scott
TRAG President

Sue Thomas
Membership Coordinator

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Call for Artists: 2022 Art In The Pearl Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts

The 2022 Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival is a juried show. To apply please go to this link using Zapplication.

2022 Artist Prospectus and Application Information

The festival takes place on Labor Day weekend Saturday, September 3th through Monday, September 5th, 2022. Set up is on Friday, September 2nd at various assigned times.

The show is located in the tree-covered North park blocks of the Pearl District in downtown Portland, Oregon. It features the artwork of 130 exceptional visual artists that have been selected by an independent jury panel, comprised of both working artists and art professionals.

Art In The Pearl is in its 26th year and draws an estimated 85,000 attendees. It hosts top visual artists from around the country as well as artist demonstrations and an interactive art area for all ages.

Our Emerging Artist Program provides regional artists in the early stage of their art career an opportunity to gain experience marketing their work at one of our nation’s premier art festivals.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022 Jury Notifications: April 15, 2022

Deadline to accept invitation to participate and pay booth fee: May 15, 2022

Last day to cancel participation in 2022 show and still receive 50% booth fee refund: June 30, 2022

Load-In/Set-up: Friday, September 2, 2022

Festival Dates/Hours: Saturday, September 3, 2022 10am – 6pm Sunday, September 4, 2022 10am – 6pm Monday, September 5, 2022 10am – 4pm

Call to Artists: “Saved from the Landfill: art made from re-purposed materials”

CALL to ARTISTS:  

Saved from the Landfill: Art Made from Re-Purposed Materials

Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council (WACC)

DEADLINE:  April 2, 2022      

NO SUBMISSION FEE (submit up to 3 pieces)

SPECIAL GUEST JUROR:  Robert R. Dozono

MAY & JUNE 2022 EXHIBITION

INFO:  https://www.wilsonvillearts.org/calls-for-art

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: 

Saved from the Landfill: art made from re-purposed materials” 

is a juried, thematic group exhibition of visual works aimed to raise awareness about our society’s waste culture.  The dilemma of excess packaging and single-use plastics, and our limited capacity to authentically recycle the materials we put into recycle bins, have impacted our environment in ways that we can no longer ignore.

Each artist may submit up to three works for consideration. The majority of each work must be created from materials that have been saved from the landfill.  Works may be augmented with paint and/or other art media, and there is leeway for allowing works to be built upon traditional substrates.

To adapt to the pandemic, WACC present a hybrid exhibition that can be experienced virtually, accessible on our website from May 1 – June 30, 2022, and will also feature a selection of works at physical locations in Wilsonville, Oregon. 

Artists selected for the physical exhibits will receive special instructions about delivery of physical works, or WACC will print and frame high resolution reproductions of selected works for these gallery spaces.

ABOUT THE SPECIAL GUEST JUROR:

Robert R. Dozono is a prominent Pacific Northwest artist and professor emeritus of painting and drawing. Dozono’s “garbage paintings” are particularly noteworthy, for their optical effects and, moreover, for the environmental philosophy and personal conviction that drive their creation. “I grew up in the world when no one wasted anything,” Dozono writes. The artist has not had regular garbage service in 30 years!  In that time, after recycling or composting as much as possible, Dozono creatively incorporates whatever remains into his paintings.  The results are both jarring and beautiful, as he masterfully integrates garbage with paint to depict tranquil scenes of rivers or gardens.

EXHIBITION DETAILS:  All accepted artworks will be featured in a virtual exhibition on the website of Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council (www.wilsonvillearts.org) from May 1 through June 30, 2022.  Selected works to appear in physical locations in Wilsonville, OR and as part of the Wilsonville Festival of Arts “This Moment on Earth” June 2 to 4.

Survey about in person meeting on January 10th, 2022

Dear Members of TRAG,

Once again we are faced with whether or not it is safe to meet in person.  As you know, my number one goal for TRAG for this year is to REUNITE our community in person.  I have been watching the numbers of Covid cases in our state over this week and the number yesterday was almost double that of the number on Monday.  I haven’t seen today’s number yet. 

Given that we are not asking for proof of vaccination at our meetings (I have heard from some members that they feel strongly that we should NOT ask for proof of vaccination), that overall we are an “older” group of people, and that I am a retired nurse, I really worry about us meeting in person.
I’d like feedback from the membership to make the decision on whether we should meet in person in January or not.  If we do not meet, I recommend that we try again in February.  We will not do a Zoom meeting since the plan for the meeting was to socialize in person – I have nothing else planned at this time. 

Please answer the following questions ASAP. 

Thank you for your help with this decision.


The form is now closed.

Last letter from the president for 2021

Dear Guild Members,

The end of 2021 is fast approaching, and the end of my TRAG president’s term as well. As you may know the TRAG bylaws state that no elected board member can serve for more than 2 years and I along with the other elected board members – Vice president Jeanne Cardana, Treasurer Cheri Bosserman and Secretary Tamara Scott– are moving on. TRAG is fortunate that Tamara Scott has agreed to take the position of president for 2022. TRAG has also elected Rhoda Bohr as Vice President, Cathy Rowe as Secretary, and Nancy Graham as Treasurer. I am confident and excited that TRAG’s new board will carry the Guild through to better times and remain as strong and vibrant in our community as in years past. Please make sure you make it to the in-person meeting on January 10th at the Pioneer Center in Oregon City from 7pm – 8:30pm if you can. The new TRAG president Tamara Scott will be brainstorming with members on the future of TRAG.

I look back on the last 2 years and am astounded at what TRAG accomplished in possibly one of the worst economic times in history due to the pandemic. As the Gallery hit hard times, due to the anchor tenant leaving the Singer Hill Café, we turned to other avenues to support the Gallery, our TRAG members and the arts in Oregon City. We were able to procure project funding through the metro enhancement grant for the Storefront Art Gallery and Event project in 2020 ($9370) and the mural project for 2021 ($18690). Both these projects offered artists opportunities to participate and sell their artwork. And TRAG was able to use some of the grant funds to run the Spring Fling Pop up Art Show in May 2021. Additionally, TRAG applied and received funding in the amount of almost $20,000 through the Oregon Community grant, the Oregon City Business grant, the Coronavirus Relief Grant, the CARES ACT, and our own Oregon City business partners. The Spring Fling Art show was a tremendous success as was the Holiday Show, and the 2021 Oregon City Festival of the Arts was the most successful show we TRAG has held so far. These were all truly a team effort, and my deepest thanks to the Guild members who contributed to all these major events to make them happen. Although the decision was made to close the Singer Hill gallery at the end of May due to slow traffic, our amazing landlords Phil and Vicki Yates had let us use the space for free as they realized TRAG was hitting hard times. All of these contributions put TRAG in the best financial state we have ever been in for 2022. I am grateful to be able to hand over the reins to a new board knowing they have a strong financial springboard to have the freedom to accomplish absolutely anything they wish.

I have so many TRAG members to thank for helping TRAG thrive in such difficult times. Cheri Bosserman the TRAG treasurer who kept TRAG on track – but more importantly whose friendship through one of the most difficult times of my life literally kept me sane. Yelena Shabrova whose constant tweaks and upgrades to our website and knowledge of IT issues kept us not only surviving but growing. Cathy Rowe who partnered with me to procure the Metro grant for murals and was the lead artist and project manager for the Trolley Car renovation. Tamara Scott who pitched in to help with the Storefront Gallery Art Project as we installed and removed 3’x6’ art pieces from TRAG artists throughout Oregon City. Lynda Orzen for her knowledge and help for murals, the Holiday Show, and OCFOTA. Kerry Edwards for her help in procuring and managing volunteers for TRAG’s events. Each and every one of the OCFOTA committee who took on the responsibility of running the best Festival TRAG has ever had – and had fun doing it. Melody Bush who pitched in to run the social marketing campaign for both OCFOTA and the Holiday Show. Ingrid Aubry who tirelessly takes care of all of our graphics for each and every event. The Gallery managers – Susan Woodworth, Jeanne Kelly Brown, and Holly Kroenig – who kept the Gallery running for almost a year and a half against all odds and then with Tamara Scott’s help made the tough decision with the TRAG board to close it – and then took on the myriad of tasks that goes with closing a store. And last but certainly not least – each and every one of TRAG’s members for your continued membership, input, participation, support, and enthusiasm. I will be forever grateful.

I’d also like to give a special shout out to our Oregon City community members. Over the past 2 years TRAG forged some strong and important partnerships. The OC Chamber of Commerce and its members who have contributed financially and gotten the word out for every one of TRAG’s events. The Oregon City Tourism and Economic Development group who supported TRAG’s mural initiative as well as all of our events. The many organizations who reached out for TRAG’s help for their own projects – Parks and Rec, the Women’s Club, Art in Oregon, Soul Flags, the OC Rotary Club, Clackamas County Arts Alliance, and the Downtown Oregon City Association. I am grateful that TRAG was able to contribute $1000 to OC School District in 2020 and $1000 to the Children’s Center in 2021 for the support of the Arts. My one wish for TRAG is that they keep the community partnerships going – it is a big reason for our success and fulfills our mission of supporting the arts in Oregon City.

I move on with mixed feelings – nostalgic and sad to leave an organization I have loved so much, but excited about some new opportunities on the horizon. As a member of the new Oregon City Art Commission, I was recently asked to Chair the Commission. I have still not decided on that – but am considering it. Oregon City’s new focus on the need for Art and Culture is a truly exciting time, and TRAG was a strong factor in bringing this about. My hope, as one of the art commissioners, is to continue working with TRAG as a supporting partner in these new initiatives.

Be well and stay well my friends. Life is short. Pursue your passions, love each other, forgive each other, and find every moment you can to reach out with a helping hand. My years with TRAG and the many friendships I made will always hold a special place in my heart. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Trieste Andrews,
TRAG President

Let’s Reconnect!!

Updated January 8th, 2022: based on the results of the membership survey, the January 10th general meeting has been canceled. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

First TRAG Member Meeting since March 2020! We’ll have a very brief business meeting, introduce the new board members, and then have a short discussion on the future of TRAG and what we want to focus on in 2021. Come with your ideas. THEN……we’ll have a time to socialize and get to know one another again.

We really hope to see you there. Masks (worn over the nose and mouth) required. Please do not come if you feel ill.

Monday, January 10th from 7-8:30 pm.
Basement meeting room at the Pioneer Center in Oregon City.

Come one, come all!!!

Tamara Scott
TRAG President-elect

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