Oregon City Announces the New Art Commission!

Mayor Rachel Lyles Smith with Commissioner Rocky Smith has selected an Art Commission for Oregon City. The official announcement and appointments were presented at the City Commissioner meeting on Thursday evening September 15th. This is an important and exciting step In Oregon City’s focus to bring Arts and Culture to the forefront in Oregon City’s vision for the future.

Trieste Andrews from TRAG was appointed a 3-year position. 8 additional members include representation from 6 local art organizations plus two citizen appointees completing the 9-member commission.

More to come in TRAG’s news as the new Art Commission begins its mission to integrate art and culture into Oregon City.

The following appointees comprise the Oregon City Art Commission:

Emma Lugo 1 year
Mary Andrus 1 year
Josh Planton 1 year (Citizen Rep)
Jenn Woodward 2 year
Selena Jones 2 year
Tammy Jo Wilson 2 year
Karen Buerhig 3 year (Citizen Rep)
Tima Carlson 3 year
Trieste Andrews 3 year

Call for Artists: 2021 Holiday Show

The Holiday Show will be taking place on the weekend of December 4 and 5.

Times for the events will be Saturday from 9 am till 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am till 4 pm.
Set up will be on Friday, December 3 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 a TRAG event or the gallery. If you are sharing a booth, your partner must follow the same guidelines.

There are 38 spaces available. 35, 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep spaces at $60 and 3, 2 feet deep by 12 feet wide [these are spaces at the end of rows]at $40.

If you are a returning artist from the 2019 show and would like to request the same location, please let us know.

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. If we are unable to fill the event during this first Call to Artists, we’ll send out a second call the beginning of November.

Please include at least 2 photos of your work for advertising purposes. We’ll have a postcard created to post on Facebook and email to clientele.

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

If you have any further questions or comments, contact Lynda Orzen at orzep@comcast.net.

Who said watching paint dry was boring!

Join Oregon City on Saturday, September 25 from 11 am till 4 pm.

Murals are once again allowed in Oregon City. The first project to take place is the restoration of the historic mural “First Trolley” at 705 Main Street above the Don Pepe’s restaurant. The project will take place from September 20th to October 2nd.

On Saturday September 25th there will be a viewing event from 11-4. Tables and chairs will be set up for viewing while you munch on chips and salsa from Don Pepe’s restaurant. Please feel free to order a yummy Mexican dinner to go after the project.

The mural of the “First Trolley” was created by artist Larry Kangas in 1992. The building was originally constructed in 1908 and has held the OK Barber Shop and later a confectionery store. It is one of the few remaining wood frame buildings on Main Street.

The mural is a depiction of one of the first trolleys on Oregon City’s Main Street. The face of the conductor in the front of the trolley is that of businessman Urb Arbour, then owner of the building.

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.

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Time: Sep 13, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Call for ART: Chasing Ghosts VI: Piercing the Veil through Remembrance, Legacy, & beyond

Jennifer Gillia Cutshall

DEADLINE is 9/26/21

“Chasing Ghosts VI: Art that Pierces the Veil through remembrance, legacy, and beyond”

This year edition will be VIRTUAL and as always the emphasis is the idea of revealing the unseen. The term ghost may be interpreted in many ways, not necessarily meant to be a literal elucidation. This year’s interpretations might be loaded with the added turmoil from current social, health, environmental, and political climate. Do you express your deepest fears or concerns through your work? Do current political. health, and environmental concerns shadow or define your work? What parts of the past leave their mark on your work? Is a legacy revealed through your work or your process? Is memory a vital vehicle of expression for you? Do you inadvertently honor something from your past or concern for the future through your work? Artists are encouraged to enter work that is any interpretation of the call. All mediums and modes of expression are welcome.

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TIMELINE SUMMARY: SUBMISSION DEADLINE September 26, 2021 SCHEDULE NOTIFICATION (by email) of accepted work October 9, 2021 EXHIBITION DATES The exhibition will open virtually in mid October of 2021 and run for 4 weeks ELIGIBILITY AND RESTRICTIONS: The competition is open to all 2D and 3D artists, national and international, working in all forms of painting, drawing, photography, graphics, digital, and sculpture are eligible. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

Citizens Bank and TRAG

TRAG and Citizens Bank are partnering again! The gallery is shining brightly like the gem she is and we have more good news! Citizens is arranging for a local newspaper article about our gallery partnership and an invitation to check our our Guild. Great news for us! This puts us out in the community and hopefully will encourage some new members.

The other exciting news is that TRAG is being featured at the GMOC (Good Morning Oregon City) weekly Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday, September 22nd. Citizens Bank is the host and TRAG will have 5-10 minutes to speak about our Guild! There are about 35 active Chamber members that attend whether in person or Zoom so this is another great opportunity for us! We might even acquire more pARTners in ART!

TRAG is continuing to be active in our community and in our art. If you haven’t seen the latest art in Citizens Bank Gallery, stop in! There is a wonderful variety of photographs, digital art, mixed media, fused glass and the winners from the ARt and POetry contest. Here’s to continuing to create beautiful art in all its forms!

Rhoda Bohr
Citizens Bank Gallery Coordinator

Plans for an Oregon City Arts Center

A potential site is currently being discussed as a possible Art cultural center in Oregon City. TRAG has been invited to join Art in Oregon and the Clackamas County Historical Society to review the possibility of transforming the Stevens Crawford House into an Art Center.

The Stevens Crawford House is one of the largest historical houses open to the public in Oregon City. It sits at the corner of Washington and 6th Street across from the Pioneer Community Center and has unlimited potential for a possible gallery, event space, and artists’ residencies. Although talks are only in the beginning stages, it is an exciting opportunity for Oregon City.

More to come as TRAG explores the possibilities of this space with Art in Oregon and the Clackamas County Historical Society.

Trieste Andrews

Murals Are Back!

With the mural code now near completion, plans for murals are already underway. A restoration of the Trolley above Don Pepe’s restaurant at 705 Main Street will begin on September 20th. TRAG’s own Cathy Rowe is the Lead Artist and Project Manager. Spotters are needed to direct traffic on the sidewalk as Cathy will be using a scissorlift. If you would like to participate in this exciting fun event, contact president@threeriversartistguild.com

A new mural funded by TRAG through the Metro Enhancement grant is planned for next year at White Rabbit Black Ink Coffee Shop on the corner of 99 and Main Street. Lead Artist for this project will be an artist from the Confederated Tribes with help from TRAG Artists. Plans for a theme depicting waterfalls and rivers are currently in discussion stage.

Lynda Orzen, a TRAG member and volunteer for the Friends of the Library, will be hiring TRAG artist Lucas Nickerson to create a mural on the Friends of the Library Building. The building is located 814 7th Street.

Keep your eye out for more updates as murals start to adorn Oregon City once again.

Trieste Andrews

TRAG Member, Cathy Rowe, Wins the Soulflags Art Mural Contest!

Soulflags Art Center, a new addition to Main Street, is bringing an opportunity for the community to take part in beautifying the intersection of Hwy 99E and Main Street with several mosaic panels of well-known masterpieces altered to include an Oregon City landmark or icon. In addition, Soulflags created an art design contest for one of the panels to be created by a local artist.

The winner of this contest was Cathy Rowe, who recreated Henri Matisse’s “The Dance” with the figures depicted as pioneers with the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in the background. Soulflags will recreate an outlined/sketched version of Rowe’s painting onto a grid pattern of sixty 6-inch x 6-inch square tiles for the community to glaze/paint. These tiles combined will make a 3-foot by 5-foot mosaic masterpiece.

With several mosaics completed at TRAG’s Festival of the Arts, tiles will be available to glaze/paint at Oregon City’s Saturday Market on several occasions if necessary. Dates to be announced as Soulflags needs to contact the OC Saturday Market to coordinate. Soulflags will fire the ceramic tiles and grout the tile to concrete backer board. Mosaics will be displaced locally prior to placing on building located at 504 Main Street.

Visit www.soufllags.org for more information.

Trieste Andrews

Fifth Annual Oregon City Festival of the Arts

COVID couldn’t stop us this year and neither could the weather! This year’s Festival of the Arts was a huge success for artists and visitors alike. The festival saw an estimated 2500 attendees. Trieste made sure to speak with all the artists on Sunday right before breakdown. She wanted to thank each one of them for attending and inquired about sales. 99% of the artists claimed it to be a very successful event financially. About half a dozen said it was the best show they had ever attended.

Trieste thanked all the volunteers that helped with this year’s event. It really takes a community of artists to present a large event. There is a lot of planning to take place behind the scenes. Planning for an event of this size takes at least a year to organize. We were thrilled to be able to open this year despite Covid restrictions and the heat. Even with the heat both days, record numbers of visitors came through both days. The strategically placed misters helped keep everyone cooler! Noticed a lot of larger art pieces leaving with our guests.

Thanks to some of the volunteers: Jeanne Cardana and Gary who volunteered for most of the day Saturday, Cheri Bosserman for lending us misters that literally saved lives throughout the weekend. Lynda Orzen who volunteered all three days, Sue Woodworth who not only managed the performers but had a booth, and Jeanne Kelly Brown also had a booth. Committee members this year were truly phenomenal – Kerry Edwards and Rochelle Rau managed the volunteers and kept the ball rolling throughout the weekend. Melody Bush, our social media point person who truly was a huge reason for our success, Cheri who kept us on budget and managed the finances, Lynda Orzen for her experience and volunteerism, Ingrid Aubry for the flyers, postcards, ads, and programs. Cathy Rowe ran the first virtual silent auction which turned out to be a huge success. Yelena – who was called on non-stop for online application help, announcements, and website. Last but not the least was Trieste family of 7 members and most importantly her husband Roger who helped her every step of the way.

This is Trieste’s last year as President and won’t be organizing the 2022 event. There will be a manual available on “How To” and quite a few members with years of experience. The more these events take place, the easier it gets through the years. We know an army of volunteers will step forward to create the 2022 Oregon City Festival of the Arts! The Festival has become a signature arts event in Oregon City! Let’s keep it growing!

Lynda Orzen

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