Capturing the Moment – Call to Portland Artists and Creatives

Submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. PST.

Capturing the Moment is a new call for artists and designers of all media to submit works created in this moment. ANY work that captures a creative response to the global pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, racial justice protests, and/or the political environment of the moment. Submissions of all media will be considered – murals, paintings, photos, films, essays, poetry, performances captured on film or video, posters, stickers, t-shirt art, etc.

This new call aims to reflect and record this time of change, uncertainty, loss, and hope. It will continue to serve and showcase some of the work emerging from artists and creatives at this moment in our history. Artist submissions selected for Capturing the Moment will be shared via RACC and the City of Portland communication channels including digital formats and social media accounts.

PDXCARES funding is dedicated to Black artists, Indigenous artists, and all artists of color who reside in the City of Portland.

Hampton Rodriguez, Bike, 2019, newspaper on canvas, 12 x7. Recent addition to Visual Chronicle of Portland


  • RACC will purchase actual physical artworks/memorabilia of all media. (Framing will be provided by RACC, as appropriate.)
  • RACC will also purchase written works, digital images of works, digital recordings of performances, etc. to show/use through RACC & the City of Portland’s communication channels.

Only works created since March 2020 will be considered. Selected artists will receive up to $1,500 per individual. The overall budget for this initiative is $38,000.

A panel of RACC staff and BIPOC curators selected by RACC will review and curate artist submissions. RACC reserves the right to select works from artists and creatives who do not directly apply to this call, if appropriate.


This opportunity serves artists who reside in the City of Portland only. Funds may only be awarded for submissions from Black artists, Indigenous artists, and artists of color who meet the eligibility criteria.

Additionally, priority will be given to artists who have not received RACC Support Beam 2020 commissions or a 2020 Project Grant or are not already well represented in Portland’s Portable Works Public Art Collection.

Elijah Hasan, See It Through, 2019, Inkjet print, 11×14. Recent addition to Portland Visual Chronicle.


All artwork for consideration must be submitted through RACC’s Opportunity Portal:

Artists must create an account, or log into their existing account. Instructions in the opportunity portal will guide you through the process. Incomplete submission forms cannot be considered.

Once you have started your Capturing the Moment submission form, you can save after each step and sign out. Your proposal will be saved as a draft you can continue to work on as needed. Complete all the tasks and hit “Submit.” Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during the process.

Artists must include the following in their proposal:

  • Up to eight (8) works that “Capture the Moment,” including images, writing, or video. File size should be no larger than 5 megabytes. The .jpg format, PDF format, or links to video work online is preferred. Provide no more than two (2) images per artwork/item. For each submission, provide title, media, dimensions/length, date produced, and (if applicable) background or conceptual information.
  • Artist bio: A short paragraph that briefly describes your artistic practice (150-200 words).
  • Applicant demographics
  • Applicant W-9 form


We’re Here to Help! Talk with the Program Staff. Ask questions and seek help early; last minute help can be in short supply.

If you have questions about the RACC application portal or if using the application portal presents a barrier to applying, contact Ingrid Carlson:


Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. PST.

Comprehensive plan listening session for artists

The City of Oregon City is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan. The plan, although not legally binding sets out the future goals as developed with input from community members. Although this sounds quite dull and boring, it gives the community an opportunity to let the city know what kind of future we want. Currently there is no mention of Arts and Culture in the current Comp plan. There are references to the Heritage community and Tourism.

This is our opportunity to let our voices be heard by the city. Many groups are conducting “listening sessions” through video conferencing. I have offered to host a session for TRAG artists.  Now is the time for artists and their contributions to the vitality and culture of our community be known and brought into the planning of our future Oregon City. Please join me on Wednesday, October 28, probably early evening for a listening session. Contact Lynda Orzen, to join the conversation. If you are unable to participate, please send your comments to Lynda. Time and contact information will be sent out later.

Statements of Principle

Oregon City’s Comprehensive Plan is founded on a number of principles, which shape the City Commission’s vision for the future growth and development of the city. The principles help determine the scope of issues, concerns, and actions that will guide development, and are reflected in the plan’s goals and policies. Statements of these principles, listed below, are not legally binding. They are instead intended to help citizens understand the kind of city this plan will help to achieve.

Promote sustainability and sustainable development.
Contain urban development.
Promote redevelopment.
Protect natural resources.
Foster economic vitality.
Provide efficient and cost-effective services.
Ensure a sense of history and place.

Citizens Bank Non-profit Fundraising Day – October 21st 10am-1pm!

TRAG has been asked to participate in a fun interactive fundraising day with Citizens Bank. Citizens Bank, who is one of Oregon City’s strongest community supporters, is also one of TRAG’s strongest advocates. Citizens is always the first to donate to our Festival each year and they also host one of TRAG’s galleries. On October 21st Citizens is organizing a fun way to donate $2000 to 15 of Oregon City’s non-profits – and TRAG was asked to participate as one of the non-profits! In addition to the $100 that each non-profit will receive for that day, they have been asked to participate in a marble throwing game to win an additional $400 for first place or $300 for second place. Each non-profit will creatively design a box to catch the public’s eye. These will be placed outside the bank. Then people coming to attend the event will be given a few marbles and attempt to throw the marbles into their favorite box. The box with the most marbles will win an additional $400 and second place will win an additional $300. Think of carnival games, but instead of winning a kewpie doll we can receive up to $500 for TRAG. 

So come October 21st to Citizens bank at 19245 Mollala Ave in Oregon City across from the Post Office any time between 10am and 1pm. Tell your friends, family, children and grandchildren. Come see out artistic creative box and help win up to $500 for TRAG!

October 12th Virtual Guild Meeting – Writing Compelling Artist Statements

Susan Schenk will present a ZOOM workshop on writing compelling artist statements.

An artist’s statement tells others about you and your work. Writing one is a powerful exercise for
articulating your passion and art. But, it’s also a challenge to capture in words what is often so
hard to express and intangible. No matter your medium or level of proficiency, a good statement
is a useful tool.

In this workshop, you will be guided through a series of questions to gather information to create
a sophisticated artist’s statement, and to deepen your thinking about your own art making. If you
are happy with your current artist’s statement, then write a statement for the fabulous artist you
aspire to be, so that you can set that intention into the universe. Or, answer the questions as
preparation for when you are interviewed for a national artist’s publication.

October 12th Meeting Details

Time: Oct 12, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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In partnership with the Oregon City Rotary Club

OC Rotary Club has asked TRAG’s help in raising funds through the first annual Festival of the Wreaths. Rotary is asking for artists to partner with their members to create wreaths, or even just to hire one of TRAG’s artists to make a wreath. All materials will be paid for, and even the potential to pay an artist for their time in making the wreath.

Rotary International is an international service organization. The club’s stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all. Their principal motto is “Service Above Self”. This motto is personified in the Rotary Club of Oregon City’s contributions to our community. They include volunteerism and contributions to the Cub Scouts, meals to Father’s Heart Ministries, the Homeless Resource Fair offering services to disadvantaged, annual distribution of dictionaries to Oregon City’s third graders, and supporter and supplier to Oregon City Head Start. All these contributions are supported by fundraisers throughout the year by the OC Rotary Club. However, COVID restrictions have circumvented these efforts for 2021, and Rotary is in dire need of unique and creative ideas of raising funds for these worthy projects.

If you would like to participate in this fun and meaningful event, please contact for more information. We will be matching artists with Rotary members and their ideas to support our community and those in need.

Halloween-themed poster contest to convey youth drug prevention messages


Please join with the Oregon City Chamber, Downtown Oregon City Association,  Three Rivers Art Guild and Oregon City Optimists to support youth

WHAT: Poster art with Halloween or fall themes and messages about the risks of drugs to youth will be submitted into drawing for prizes. Some posters will be enlarged and displayed in the windows of businesses who want youth-created, no-cost Halloween decorations.

WHO: Youth ages 11 to 18 years of age living in the Oregon City School District will be encouraged to enter. The contest is developed by Oregon City

Together (OCT) a Drug-Free Community Coalition.

WHEN: Contest kicks off early October. The posters for the windows will be ready to install Friday, October 23, 2020.

WHY: The biggest reason to get involved is because youth need to know their community supports them and their drug-free healthy futures.

Additionally, secondary research, conducted before the fires occurred, showed families were looking forward to making Halloween a big deal this year. Once the smoke clears (literally) and most folks are recovering, we are optimistic the majority of local parents and youth will welcome a fun and safe Halloween diversion.

A national poll conducted by The Harris Poll showed 74% of millennial moms and young parents say that Halloween is more important than ever this year.

A poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the National Confectioners Association found that 63% of adults believe people will find creative, fun and safe ways to celebrate the Halloween season this year.

“Our consumer insights indicate families will be looking to organize Halloween celebrations for their children while also trying to keep them safe,” said Iryna Shandarivska, senior category director for US Confections at Mondelez International. “This may mean that Halloween gatherings and celebrations that would have otherwise taken place in person shift virtually and that in-person activities happen in more ‘social bubbles,’ which people have created for themselves in a COVID-19 world.”

PARTNER:     There are several ways to support this effort.

  • Reach out to a youth to participate in this important event
  • Donate an item or gift card to the prize drawing.
  • Contribute art supplies for youth who may need them to participate.
  • Display poster art in your window.


Please contact Pam Wilson with donations, questions or suggestions.
Pam Wilson, Oregon City Together, 503-708-6929 (cell)



The Oregon City Community Education Dept. is under the umbrella of the Oregon City School
District. OC Com Ed contacted TRAG for artists that would be willing to teach online zoom art
classes for grades K-12. Artists can choose what grades they would like to teach – K-2, 3-5 and
so on. Due to the fires OC Com Ed has extended the date for classes into the winter. Also, OC
Community Ed is flexible with start and finish, how many lessons per week, and how many
lessons per course. This is a paying job, and OC Com Ed is accommodating artists as much as
possible so please consider this opportunity.

Interested artists should submit:
What grades they would like to teach
Schedule of Classes – how many weeks, how many times per week, how long for the class
Art subject and medium
Supply list
Cost of class

Dependent on Artist’s status, whether they are a Vendor or an Individual, Artist can submit cost
in two different ways. For detailed information go to

Please contact Suz Figini, Education Coordinator from Community Education, for application or
any questions.

Suz can be reached at 503-785-8520 ext: 7316, or

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Call for Artists: One-Day-Only Open Show

A non-juried art show in Lake Oswego, OR

Exhibit date: 11am – 5pm on September 26, 2020

Register online only September 15 – 22, 2020

This one-day exhibition hosted by Lakewood Center for the Arts is one of several new programs resulting from the transition of the 2020 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts to smaller events in the wake of COVID-19. This exhibition will only be up for a single day and will support up to 150 artists! Inspired by our annual Open Show, the One-Day-Only Open Show will display work from emerging and established artists, and everyone is welcome to show their artworks without a jury process. This exhibit will be entirely outside and art will be hung from large construction fencing. Artists will be assigned a 3.5’ wide x 6’ tall fencing portion upon which to hang a maximum of 5 works per artist. A limited number of cash and non-cash awards will be presented to visual artworks, which are sponsored by area businesses, organizations, and individuals. Different arts professionals are selected as jurors each year. 

Apply online between Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11:59pm.

Exhibit Notes

Please join us in creating a memorable and unique art experience for Lake Oswego residents and surrounding communities. Each artist will be given a space in which to display their art, allowing visitors to engage with and celebrate each artist’s unique vision. All artists will install their own work on the fences using ‘s’ hooks provided by the Festival. 3D work placed directly in front of assigned fence panel is allowed, but pedestals will not be provided by the Festival. Please also understand that 3D work that could tip over from wind or bumping should NOT be entered into this exhibition. All artworks must be for sale during this exhibition, and each artwork can be priced no higher than $1500. In response to COVID 19 and governmental safety regulations, a limited number of visitors will be allowed into the large, outdoor exhibition area at any time. The exhibition area will be monitored, and due to a limited number of people allowed in the exhibition area, artists cannot stay with their work during the exhibition hours. Masks will be required at all times during setup and take down, and during the open hours of the event. Thank you!

Works Eligible

  • Only original artwork created within the last two (2) years and not previously entered in past Open Shows will be accepted.
  • Diptychs, triptychs, and/or sets may be entered as one of your five works and sold with one price. Some examples:
    • Single pieces in any media are eligible.
    • A set of hand-thrown wine glasses may be entered as one piece with one price.
    • A collection of ceramic fruit may be entered and sold as a set.
    • Two paintings that depict a garden, which are to be hung together as a diptych, may be entered as one piece with one price.
  • Each artist may include up to 5 individual artworks.
  • You will hang your own artworks on your assigned chain panel using ‘s’ hooks provided by the event. No other hanging mechanism can be used.
  • Not accepted: artwork requiring electrical outlets from the venue, mechanical prints, giclées, or copies of other artists’ works.


  • All 2D entries must be dry, framed, matted (or wrapped canvas), mounted, and hung with PICTURE HANGING WIRE. All glass must be properly secured. (No Uniframes, zigger type or rings, chains, garden or jewelry wire, or string). Artists will be hanging their own work using ‘s’ hooks, and are responsible for any damage to the artwork due to faulty hanging equipment on their artworks. 


  • Online Registration (NO on-site registration!): 
    • Begins Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Ends Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11:59pm. Register HERE starting September 15.
    • Don’t delay registering! Only the first 150 registered artists may participate.
  • Artist Check-in and Artwork Setup:
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 7am-10am (install times will be assigned to each artist), at Lakewood Center for the Arts
    • Artists must wear masks and respect social distancing requirements in place at the time of installation.
  • One-Day-Only Open Show hours: 
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 11am – 5pm
  • Pick up unsold art:
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 5:30pm – 6:30pm


All artwork must be for sale and priced no higher than $1500. A 20% commission from all sales will be retained by the Festival, so prices assigned by the artist must include the Festival commission. For example: Upon the sale of an artwork priced at $200, $40 would go to the Festival, and $160 would go to the artist. All proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, an arts education event that remains free to the public and is an event of the nonprofit organization, Lakewood Center for the Arts.

Registration Requirements

Artists are required to register in advance and hang their own artwork in the One-Day-Only Open Show on September 26, 2020 between 7am-10am. 

  • Each artist will be assigned a 3.5’ wide x 6’ tall fencing portion upon which to hang their art.
  • A maximum of 5 pieces of artwork per artist can be displayed.
  • Each artwork must be for sale, and priced no higher than $1,500.
  • There are NO registration fees to participate in this event.
  • Due to COVID-19 and necessary safety protocol, each artist must be able to carry and hang all their artworks without assistance from the event staff. There will be NO art holding areas or common spaces available to artists while they check in or during this event.
  • Artists must wear masks and respect social distancing requirements in place at the time of installation.

Rules of Participation

Cick here to view the Rules of Participation for the Open Show – all the facts about entering the One-Day-Only Open Show.


Sue Smith, Coordinator of the One-Day-Only Open Show, or Selena Jones, Festival Coordinator
Phone: 503.636.1060
Street address: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Mailing address: Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Kudos Korner – so many Artists and those who support them!

This month’s Kudo’s goes out to all the Artists who have worked so hard to make September happen:

  • The Gallery – Susan Woodworth, Holly Kroening, Jeanne Kelley Brown, Cheri Bosserman, Yelena Shabrova, Trieste Andrews, and all the artists who applied for the first rotation
  • SAGE project – Tamara Scott, Lynda Orzen, Kerry Edwards, Trieste Andrews, Yelena Shabrova, and all the Artists who submitted their work
  • The Heritage Figures – Lucas Nickerson, Tamara Scott, Olivia Scott, Susan Woodworth, Judy Haas, Heather Merrifield, and Trieste Andrews
  • The Mural Code – Trieste Andrews, Lynda Orzen, and Yelena Shabrova 

And let’s give a big shout out to some of our unsung heroes – the supportive husbands, families and friends who somehow get roped into most of the things we do. They not only sacrifice their personal time with us so we can pursue our passions but help out as well. John Woodworth who traveled back and forth to Salem with his wife Sue picking up slat boards for the gallery rooms, and then cutting and mounting them in the Gallery. Roger Rau, Trieste Andrews’ husband, who laid in the gallery carpets, made the boards for the Heritage Figures, and mounted new hanging kits in the café. And all of our wives, husbands, children and friends who support us every step of the way, who understand that “10 more minutes” on an art project sometimes turns into another hour – and understand that our passion for art is who we are – and love us anyway.

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