Call for Artists: New Gallery looking for Local Artists

Submitted by Sue Woodworth, TRAG Co-President

The Friends of the Milwaukie Center has changed its name to the Milwaukie Community Center Foundation.  We are pleased to make this announcement along with the Milwaukie Community Center name change.  We look forward to enhancing our fundraising and making each of YOU a Friend of the Milwaukie Community Center!

I received this information from Junia Stephens, MCC Foundation Director. Please contact Junia at for .Gift Shop Sales Agreement, hours to call, and how to make an appointment to show your artwork

Artisan Gifts features unique handmade goods made by local artisans and makers. 

I am excited to announce that the Gift Shop at the Milwaukie Community Center is expanding, upgrading and re-branding! We are looking for local makers and artisans that would be interested in consigning a sampling of their wares.

If you might be interested, please let me know.
Thank you for your consideration and time.

Junia Stephens

Call for Artists: Spring Fling Art Festival 2023

By Lynda Orzen, Spring Fling Coordinator

The Spring Fling is back for a third year on May 6 and May 7 at the Pioneer Community Center in Oregon City.

Times for the events will be:
Saturday, May 6, from 10 am till 4 pm and Sunday, May 7, from 10 am till 4 pm.
Set up will be on Friday, May 5 from 3 pm till 7 pm.

Please do not show up any earlier unless you are assisting with set up.

This show is for TRAG membership that have been juried into the TRAG gallery. If you are new to the guild and were not juried into the gallery, you will need to be juried into this event. If your work needs to be juried, the process will be quick.

All work submitted to be juried must be created by the artists. All work in the show must be made by the artist. No reselling of mass-produced items. As an example, buying a pendant and adding a chain to it does not create a handmade item.  

This show will be set up exactly like our Holiday Show. There are 39 spaces available. 36 are 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep spaces at $70 and 3 of 2 feet deep by 12 feet wide, these are spaces at the end of rows at $50.

You must have your own display set-up. There are several tables available at the facility: 3 @ 30” by 96” and 9 @ 30” by 72”. Please send in your request to Lynda.

This show will be first come with applications for participation.

Please include at least 3 photos of your work for advertising purposes. There will be posters created with artists work along with digital and paper postcards.

You will receive notification of acceptance by the end of March along with further instructions and information on set up.

If you have any further questions or comments, contact Lynda Orzen at

Partners in Art Program Is Being Revived

By Lyda Orzen, TRAG Co-President

Partners in Art is making a comeback this year. This program will give our artists the opportunity to get their art out of their studio and up on the walls of Oregon City businesses. The program will be a bit different than the previous program and will be customized per business needs.

We’ll be introducing the program to members of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce during one of their Good Morning Oregon City meetings.

The Friends of the Library bookstore is the first to welcome artists. Beginning February 1, 2023, Marv Binegar and Susan Schenk will be the first artists to show in the bookstore under this program.

TRAG would like to thank Cathy Rowe and Susan Schenk for updating paperwork and creating marketing materials for this program.

Art and Soul Retreat (April 11-18, 2023)

Art and Soul is the premier mixed-media art retreat in the United States. We offer an exciting week of classes taught by a select group of professional and inspiring instructors. Our diverse lineup of classes includes: mixed media, painting, fiber, encaustic, assemblage, metal, jewelry, fabric, and paper art. This event is more than a retreat and learning process, it’s an unforgettable time spent with your artistic tribe that will create many happy memories. Join us in celebration of our 20th Anniversary, April 11-18 held at the Sheraton Airport Hotel.

Register at:


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.

What part of your art have you made/designed yourself?

  • We are not looking for your art from a class but what you have developed after the class.
  • We love to see jewelry with hand designed items in them. Just stringing beads for a necklace or earrings is not acceptable.
  • No pre-purchased/manufactured items will be accepted to be sold as is.   
  • No copying or adding copyrighted  items.
  • Your art needs to have something you made or totally changed in the way it was made to be used.
  • No items made from a kit.

We will give more information on submitting your art online to us as we get close to our Spring Fling show which is just around the corner.

Thanks….and don’t worry!

Call to Artists: Water Media Show

Artwork Image by Kristie Mooney

Submissions due by Feb 17th

In the Gallery: February 3 – 23

The Gallery at OSA is pleased to announce the Spring Water Media Juried Show! This exhibition invites submissions in all types of water soluble media, such as watercolor, gouache, acrylic, chalk pastel, etc. Whether your watercolors drip and flow, or you dry brush acrylic paint, we want to see your work created in water-based media. Open to any and all subject matter, this exhibition aims to showcase the beauty and diversity of water media in all of its captivating forms.

The Water Media Show will be juried by Yong Hong Zhong, an accomplished artist with a background working for Disney and MTV. His paintings are renowned for their color, expression and atmosphere. He has received multiple awards and has works in the permanent collection of the Maryhill Museum.

Make a peacock spider card and learn about arthropods that woo their Valentine with Heather Andrews (February 11th, 2023)

From dances to gift giving, some insects and spiders have creative ways of asking the age-old question “Will you be my Valentine?” Join us for an afternoon of fun where we will learn all about arthropods that woo their valentine.

After the lesson we will make peacock spider valentines. These spiders do a very intricate and flashy dance for their sweetheart. We will have all kinds of craft foam, paper, glitter, pipe cleaners and much more so that you can make your spider as fancy as you wish!

Location: Art-O-Maddic Gallery in Canby
Cost: $45
Date and time: 1-2pm Saturday February 11th
This class is for ages 6 and up

We will have 12 spots available, and parents are welcome to join their children.

Potential Three Rivers Artist Guild Open Studios

By Tamara Scott and Jeanne Kelley-Brown, Open Studios Coordinators

At our member meetings on November 14 (2022) and January 9th, the idea of having a TRAG-run Open Studios was proposed by some members. Jeanne Kelley-Brown and Tamara Scott are spearheading the beginnings of this project and want to assess member interest as well as member participation—we can’t do this alone!

In case you are not familiar with the Open Studios concept, here is a little explanation. Local artists open their home studio spaces for participants to come visit, view and purchase their art. If participating artists have room, they may also host 1-3 other artists who can set up in the house, the garage, or on the driveway, depending on what space is available. Portland Open Studios is HUGE, runs over two weekends, and had over 115 artists participate in 2022.

Damascus Open Studios usually has about 6 studio stops with around 21 artists. Open Studios of Beavercreek used to host two events per year (Spring and Fall) with an average of up to 26 individual artists displaying their works at as many as 14 different studio locations. Sadly, Beavercreek is no longer hosting these events after shutting down during the pandemic. Open Studios is really fun and gives people a chance to see artists in their work environments, have more personal conversations with the artists, and get to see our beautiful surroundings as they travel between studios. Usually there is a drawing for a gift certificate to the studio of the winner’s choice if they visit all of the studios and turn in a card (with signatures from each studio stop) at the end of their studio visit.

Please fill out a brief survey, as soon as possible, to indicate your interest and your level of anticipated participation if this project were to get off the ground. If there is a lot of interest and willing participants, we may be able to have our first Open Studios in the Fall. We could have studios in Oregon City, Milwaukie, West Linn, and perhaps, even Canby.

Here is a list of what would be needed (that we can think of right now!) in order for TRAG to do

  1. Call for Artists (application should include photos of work, questions on if artist is willing to
    have their space be a stop, how many artists can they host).
  2. Jury potential artists
  3. Go to artist studio, etc., to see if the accommodations will work for the show.
  4. We need signs with numbers–4 for each spot
  5. Postcards with a map included
  6. Flyers with a map and list of artists and medium at each stop
  7. Social Media
  8. Meeting with artists (probably 2)
  9. Fee for artist

We would probably need a committee of at least 6-8 people to do this.

Are you in??!!

Volunteers Needed for Oregon City Festival of the Arts 2023

By Lynda Orzen, OCFOTA Coordinator

Oregon City Festival of the Arts

Volunteers Needed for Oregon City Festival of the Arts 2023

It’s that time again! Time to start forming committees for our big premier arts festival. The 2022 Festival was an enormous success, but it was coordinated by a handful of members-mostly board members. We need an army of volunteers for the 2023 event to make it even more successful. When volunteering for a position, you will be assisted by the previous year’s lead and not left on your own to “figure it out”. This is a professionally run event and we want everyone to be successful and that means teamwork!

There will be a meeting the end of January or beginning of February to begin planning. Below are some suggestions for volunteering.

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator: You’ll be assisting Kerry when she is traveling. The position would help recruit volunteers, communicate when there are questions and helping the weekend of the festival.

Food and Entertainment: These two committee chairs will be working with Sue Woodworth.

Silent Auction Coordinator: This committee will work with Cathy Rowe to learn how to reach out to artists and the community for auction items. The silent auction is where we make most of our profits from the event and very important for the future shows.

Signage Coordinator: Work with Lynda and Ingrid for reserving spaces to install our signage-cross street banner, billboard, light pole banners and set up large banner at site week before show.

Public Relations: Pass out postcards and posters

If you are interested in any of these positions, contact Lynda at

Call for Art: Next Citizens Bank Rotation Starts on February 3rd, 2023

By Rhoda Bohr, Citizens Bank Gallery Coordinator

The next rotation for the Citizens Bank will begin February 3rd. The rotation is for 3 months total, Art In/Out will be scheduled on February 3rd, a Friday. There is no cost for this exhibition, and no commission is charged. Artwork must stay on display for the entire 3 months. Email Rhoda Bohr at to arrange a time.  Thank you to all the artists that have participated so far. We appreciate your commitment to art in our community!!

The bank has space for approximately 15 pieces of art.  There is space for 6 large pieces – approximately 18”x24” or so, and for 9 smaller pieces closer to 8”x10” or even slightly larger.  Please mark each submission as L for large or S for small.  You can submit both large and small pieces.

You may submit up to 5-7 pieces of wall art.  There is no provision for 3-D work in this gallery. Please email photos of your work along with your name and phone number to the Citizens Bank committee at

All artwork must be titled and ready to hang on wall with appropriate wire and either framed or finished in a professional manner. On the reverse side of work, there must be the Artist’s name, phone number and other contact information along with the title and a price if for sale.

Deadline for submissions of work for this rotation is Monday, January 30th by 5 PM.  Send a JPEG of your artwork before that time, and the gallery manager will contact you about which pieces have been selected, the requirements for paperwork, and the art in/out scheduling.  Art must be delivered to Citizens Bank in Oregon City. 

This rotation includes St. Paddy’s Day, Valentines Day, the end of winter and beginning of spring, Easter and Earth day. I’ve already heard from one artist about this next rotation, and I hope there are more enthusiastic artists out there!! Remember, you can submit up to 5-7 pieces, but submitting 1 or 2 is also fine!!

If you have any questions, please contact Rhoda Bohr at

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