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.


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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

In-Person January Meeting!!

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!

We will be returning to in-person meetings starting in January!! Our first meeting, on Monday January 10th, will be at the Pioneer Center basement meeting room from 7-8:30 pm. We will have a very short business meeting and then spend a bit of time brainstorming ideas for the future of TRAG.

I would appreciate it if people could think about the following things and bring your ideas with you on January 10th:

1. Would you be interested in changing the TRAG member meeting time to a Saturday from 10am-12:30pm or 1;00pm? This would allow for longer presentations/art workshops; allow members who are not able to drive at night to attend; more social time to connect with fellow artists. The schedule would be:

10-10:15–Socialize
10:15-10:45 (MAX!)–Business meeting
10:45-12:30–Program (workshop and/or presentation)
12:30-1:00–Sharing of art brought in by members (critique if desired)

2. Presentations/workshops you would like to see offered.

3. How important is it to you to have a Gallery associated with TRAG? Would you be willing to participate on a committee to work on finding a new Gallery space?

4. Would you be interested in having a fundraising Gala/silent auction this year?

5. Should we plan on having OCFOTA again this year or move that to every other year? Would you be interested in participating on the planning committee for OCFOTA if we move ahead with it this year?

Those are the things I can think of off the top of my head. We can have some discussion about these items, but the goal of the January meeting is to RECONNECT with each other!! There will be large post-it presentation pads around the room that you can write your suggestions on as you are socializing with others. The board will take the ideas you write down and make plans for this coming year.

I’m excited to be the President starting in January and am looking forward to a year of reconnection with members.

NOTE:
We will be following the CDC Guidelines and the current mandates put in place by our governor in order to keep everyone safe. Masks will be required and must be worn over your mouth and nose at ALL times while in the meeting. We ask that if you have any ill symptoms, that you not attend the meeting.

I hope you have a great holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting in January.

Tamara Scott
TRAG President-elect

November 8th General Meeting by Zoom – Important!

Please join us by Zoom at the TRAG general meeting on November 8th at 7pm. The last meeting of 2021 will see out the current elected Board members and welcome our new board members in. You will be able to meet each of the nominees and vote that night if you have not already done so electronically through the email you received in October. Tamara Scott, the newly nominated president for 2022 will present her focus and vision for 2022. You will also be introduced to Rhoda Bohr, Vice President; Cathy Rowe, Secretary; and Nancy Graham, Treasurer.

TRAG is also excited to have a representative from Oregon Cultural Trust who will explain how a donation to Arts and Culture in Oregon can actually be paid by Oregon through your own personal taxes.  

Most importantly, TRAG would like to hear from you, our membership, for your visions and hopes for TRAG in 2022.

Come join us on Monday November 8th at 7pm!

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TRAG Members – We Need Your Vote!

TRAG bylaws state that Board members can serve up to a term of 2 years. At that point new members are nominated, and the prospective Board member selections are required to go out to the general membership for vote. All current elected positions have reached their 2-year term and we are excited that we have received nominations for all 4 positions.

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September 13th Virtual Meeting: Stevens-Crawford Heritage House proposed transition to arts center

We are having a TRAG member meeting on 9/13/21 from 7-8:30 pm on Zoom.  

Please come and hear a presentation about the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House Museum proposed transition to a community arts and culture center.   

This new direction would establish Stevens Center for Arts & Culture (SCAC) as a destination in Clackamas county.  This is exciting news for TRAG members!  

We will also be discussing the upcoming election of officers and our board members can answer any questions you have about the board positions. This is an exciting time for our guild. Come and hear all that is happening!  

Hope to see you there.
Tamara Scott, secretary.
 

Meeting Details


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The Guild IS More Than a Gallery

When the Guild first organized, we were asked to show at the End of the Trail in their gift gallery. Wasn’t much but it got our artists work out into the public view. During that same time, the guild had representation on the newly formed Main Street Oregon City group. The guild was given the opportunity to open “Nomad” galleries in open office spaces on Main Street. Don Slack, owner of property on Main Street and one of the founding members of the Main Street program offered several locations to the guild as property was vacated. We were offered to participate in the First Friday events on Main Street. Businesses opened their doors to artists to set up mini-galleries. These events brought hundreds of residents to Main Street to discover the art, music and food.

The next gallery was located in the Friends of the Library Bookstore. They shared space with books and bookstore volunteers. This location worked well as an interim gallery until being asked to move into the Singer Hill facility. The community always looked forward to our artist events to meet the artists and see all the new artwork.

Now we face a new day with a very difficult year behind us. The guild had a wonderful Pop-up art event in May when we saw new faces out to enjoy an open-air event. In 2 weeks we celebrate the annual Oregon City Festival of the Arts where we will welcome thousands of visitors.

The guild will have a gallery once again and we will continue to work with other organizations to put on city events. We’ve helped the Library celebrate its birthday, worked with the Heritage community, had an art show in the Forest and worked on projects with the Main Street Organization for many years.

We remain a very vital part of this community and continue to contribute to the arts and culture of the city. Brighter days are ahead!

Lynda Orzen
Founding Member
Three Rivers Artist Guild
Main Street, Oregon City

May 10th Virtual Guild Meeting: “The Art of selling Art on Etsy” by Tom and Brianna Bliquez

Tom Bliquez is an amazing and highly successful woodworking artist. Tom uses Etsy for his marketing and sales – and was actually so successful over the holidays that he had to close it down for a bit in order to catch up on sales – who doesn’t want that. His daughter Brianna Bliquez is his go-to professional for Etsy, and is a wealth of information for how to market on this popular Artists‘ sales site. Come join us for a fun informational and productive presentation.

May 10th Meeting Details

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March 8th Virtual Guild Meeting: Using Google and Internet Security

On March 8th, 2021 at 7pm the TRAG General meeting will feature Matthew Broderick from Jolly Good Media. His topic will be “Using Google and Internet Security” a timely and relevant topic for all of us.

Matthew is the owner of Jolly Good Media, a company that specializes in website design, management, online marketing, and video marketing. He is a wealth of information for anyone interested or actively involved in online marketing. The subject of “Internet Security” is crucial to all of us – not only artists. The meeting is always open to all so forward out the information to anyone you think may be interested.

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