TRAG announcement for June meeting

Welcome TRAG members!  In light of ongoing concerns with COVID-19 and out of consideration for our membership’s health and wellbeing, our June 8th meeting will be offered virtually via Zoom from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  I am hoping you will join us, as this will be a meeting dedicated to you and hope you will find it a fulfilling way to connect with your fellow artists during this unprecedented time.

The theme of this meeting : “Artists In Residence !”

Our agenda for June 8, 2020: 

  • 7:00pm to 7:30 pm – Board member reporting and information about the Guild, gallery, plans going forward for TRAG
  • 7:30 – 8:00 pm – Members sharing their art.  We invite each member to showcase and share a piece you have been working on during this “artist in residence” time.  As you show us your work, let us know what inspired you and a little about your process creating your piece.
  • 8:00 – 8:30 pm – Membership sharing – open forum.  We invite you to share your experiences, thoughts, and worries over the last few months sheltering in; how it has affected you; changed, perhaps the way you are doing your work.  Please consider limiting the time of sharing to within 5 minutes, so that all, who would like to participate will have an opportunity to do so.
  • Finally, think about what you would like to see for future meetings and how often you would like to meet virtually. Likely, this will be our new way of connecting with our members in the months to come d/t COVID-19 and the TRAG community’s desire to keep everyone safe.

I look forward to seeing you all there for this very special event.  Look for the link to the Zoom meeting in the upcoming emails.  I so appreciate you all; wishing you well and staying safe.

Jeanne Cardana
Vice President, Three Rivers Art Guild

June Meeting Details

Topic: TRAG Guild Meeting
Time: Jun 8, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Oregon City Festival of the Arts Cancelled

Due to the health issues surrounding the COVID 19 virus, and in order to protect both our members and the public, the Oregon City Festival of the Arts is canceled for 2020. Stay in touch through our website to see how we will be connecting through virtual applications and smaller venues and events. Please take care of yourselves and stay well.

Trieste Andrews
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild

Support Murals in Oregon City

It has come to TRAG’s attention that there is no code in place to allow for the installation of murals in Oregon City. Although they were allowed in the past, the code has since been changed to coincide with the rules and regulations of signs. As a result, because the allowable sign dimensions are so restrictive, a large mural is no longer permitted.

We believe it is in the best interest of Oregon City to revise the current code, and once again allow murals to be installed. The aesthetics of murals within a City can greatly enhance a City’s character. Moreover, they can create an atmosphere that is conducive to tourism and commerce – and ultimately a thriving economy. Silverton, Estacada, and The Dalles are all relatively smaller towns. However, they are famous for their murals. As a result, they use these beautiful artistic creations in their marketing and advertising to build a stronger economy for their merchants.

We are asking for your support to change the code and once again allow murals in Oregon City. We want to make it clear that we are NOT asking for financial support. There are a multitude of grants available to fund this kind of project once they are permitted. What we do need from you is your voice and patronage. If you would like to support this exciting initiative, you can fill out the short form below that follows a letter of support.

The letters will be collected by TRAG and submitted to the City Commissioners to show our community’s support for murals in Oregon City. We will then follow up at a City Commission meeting with a short presentation and hopefully a vote of confidence to start the code change. There is strength in numbers and being able to voice our vision of a more beautiful Oregon City to those in charge can bring it to fruition.

Art changes who we are as human beings. It can transform a life, a community, a culture. Let’s work together to bring back the allowance of murals in Oregon City.

Sincerely,

Trieste Andrews,
President
Three Rivers Artist Guild


Three Rivers Gallery & Gifts Announcement and Survey

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.

Trieste Andrews
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild
971-322-8610

Three Rivers Gallery & Gifts reopening survey

  • Remember that you will have to volunteer to manage the Gallery once a month while your art is displayed. This will entail meeting all the guidelines at that time for managing retail space.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Call for Artists: 2021 ODFW Art Competitions Announced. Deadline: 9/25

Artists are invited to compete in one or all three of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 2021 stamp art competitions. The winning artist in each contest receives a $2,000 award.

ODFW’s stamp art competitions:

Habitat Conservation Stamp
Art entries must feature an eligible species from the Oregon Conservation Strategy in its natural habitat. See contest rules and entry form for a list of eligible species.

Upland Game Bird Stamp Contest
All entries must feature the spruce grouse in its natural habitat setting. See contest rules and entry form for more information.

Waterfowl Stamp Contest
Art entries must feature Western Canada goose, surf scoter, cinnamon teal, or snow goose in its natural habitat setting: More information on the contest rules and entry form.

Entries can be delivered or shipped to ODFW headquarters between August 28 and 5 p.m. September 25, 2020 at 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR 97302. Artists, please see the final page on contest rules for packaging tips.

A panel will judge artwork based on artistic composition, anatomical accuracy of the species, and general appeal. All qualifying submissions are displayed for public viewing at ODFW’s annual November art show, date TBD.

Collector’s stamps, art prints and other promotional materials are produced from first place artwork. Proceeds from product sales are used habitat improvement, research surveys, and conservation projects.

Interested artists are encouraged to visit ODFW’s stamp art competition webpage for more information on the contests and to view entries from previous years.

Visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website to learn more and view the original announcement.

Call for Artists: THE ART of SHELTERING IN PLACE. A Benefit for Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund

OSA is proud to announce a new online show featuring artwork created by artists while confined to their homes and studios. 

Join OSA in a celebration of creativity unleashed during this quarantine.  Help us bring hope, spread joy and give back to our community.  Please enjoy artwork featured in the following categories:

  •  “Essential Workers”
  • “The Healing Power of Nature”
  •  “Interior Moods & Places”
  •  “Safe Open Spaces”
  •  “Community Matters”

This is an online non-juried show, open to both OSA members and non-members.

D A T E S
ENTRIES OPEN ONLINE: May 10th
SHOW: June 1st to July 31st

The entry fee is $35 for 2 pieces of work ($10 of each entry fee will be donated to Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund, pdxartistrelief.com)

If you have questions, contact Oregon Society of Artists:
info@osartists.org
503-228-0706

Kudos Korner – Susan Woodworth

This month’s Kudos Korner contribution was given by multiple members of our Board:

Susan Woodworth is an amazing multi-media artist. Her art includes everything from birdhouse gourds, to painted glasswork, to jewelry made from her own ceramic beads. You can find Susan’s artwork on Etsy, Pinterest and Facebook. Her Susie Designs Facebook page shows her latest creations – https://www.facebook.com/SusieDesignsJewelry/. Susan is also a talented seamstress. Most recently she was named the Outreach Coordinator and Instagram Manager of “Sewing for Lives”, a nationwide organization that has made thousands of masks for the public during the current pandemic. Susan has recently been highlighted for her contributions to Sewing for Lives in three different newspapers and newscasts.

What TRAG is most grateful for is Susan’s volunteerism and her never-ending desire to help out. Susan is typically the first person to volunteer for any project or event that comes along. In fact, many times Susan will contact TRAG directly to ask if TRAG needs help when she sees an event announced. The responsibilities Susan took on just since January include: Marketing and Public Relations, Event Coordinator, Gallery co-chair, and OCFOTA committee member. Susan has also been one of our Artists for many of our community art projects including: Paint by Numbers, the Oregon City Heritage Figures, the Before I Die project, the Holiday show and the Oregon City Festival of the Arts.

Kudos and deepest gratitude to Susan Woodworth for being and exemplary member of the Three Rivers Artist Guild. We could never have accomplished as much as we have without you. Join me in giving Susan a heartfelt thank you. Like her pages on Facebook and Instagram and support her art and volunteerism!

Preserve Our Past: Arts and Poetry Contest for Ages 11-16 – Deadline Extended

Arts and Poetry Contest for agest 11-16. Prizes included!

Do you know a young person age 11-16 that is an aspiring Artist or Poet? OC Parks is running an Art and Poetry contest based on Oregon City’s history. Prizes will be awarded! Go to https://www.orcity.org/parksandrecreation/preserve-our-past-art-and-poetry-contest for detailed information and application.

Enter by May 31st!

Calling All Artists to Submit Images for TRAG Website and Social Media!

If you haven’t noticed already, TRAG is updating and giving our website a new facelift! We are also working hard to better promote TRAG on social media, and we need your help!

One of the things we have discussed at length with the Board members is how and when to use images. Our top priorities are to give Artists the opportunity to promote their work, make sure we have our Artists’ permissions, and do it fairly.

The following is TRAG’s new program for adding our Artists’ work to the TRAG website and social media.

If you are interested in having your art included, fill out the form at the link below by April 29th or by the 29th of each month thereafter:

Submit Your Art for the Chance to Be Featured on the TRAG Website

For the TRAG website, two Artists will be selected each month on the 29th. Yelena Shabrova, our Website Coordinator, built a program that will randomly select two submitted images to keep it fair to all involved. Each of the selected Artists will have their image appear on the home page for two weeks.

If an Artist is chosen 2 times in a row, the process will be repeated to select a new Artist. In addition to the website selection, all submitted images will be regularly used on both Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks for your support and help. TRAG will not only have an eye-catching beautiful home page and social media presence because of your participation, but we will be able to promote your art as well!

Permission
Artist hereby authorizes the use of the submitted image for promotional efforts related to the Three Rivers Artist Guild in all forms of media including print, television and Internet advertising. Artist is not guaranteed inclusion in any promotional materials.

Trieste Andrews
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild

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