In-Person January Meeting!!

Exciting news!! 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 roomfrom 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

TRAG Gallery Note

Our TRAG Gallery has had the best of times and better times are slowly brewing for our future. November 30  was met with Phil and Vicki Yates as we moved out of the Singer Hill building and they are remodeling for the future. We all will miss times spent together.

As gallery managers: myself, Jeanne Kelly-Brown, Holly Kroenig welcomed Tamara Scott’s help every step of the way as we took care of business. We all cleaned, lifted toted and moved items out the door. It wasn’t an easy task as the holidays are coming and we all were working on our art projects at the same time.

Over the month our gallery furniture was purchased and welcomed into several new local galleries. The rolling card rack was delivered to a new Art start up in North Portland. The old oak jewelry case that was originally purchased from an antique shop where “The Hive” is, went to an artist consignment shop in Sandy, Oregon. Tamara took on the challenge of listing miscellaneous pieces to Craigslist and Marketplace. All in all we sold a total of $1650 and had a a minimal load to the dump. We thank the muscle men: my husband and Holly’s for taking on some big tasks.

TRAG needs to include a gallery in its future in promoting new and established artists and keeping local art in the community. That future gallery will come in time.

Best holiday wishes from your Gallery Managers:
Sue Woodworth
Jeanne Kelly-Brown
Holly Kroenig

Sue Woodworth
Gallery Manager

Buy a Holiday Wreath and Help Our Community!

poster for the wreath auction with photos of sample wreaths and text describing event details and links to use

Looking for something fun and upbeat to do, while helping change lives in our community? We have just what you need – The Rotary Club of Oregon City’s Festival of Wreaths. It’s an online auction of 30 holiday wreaths created by local artists from TRAG and Rotarians. Some are classic, some rustic and some have a whimsical flair. Revenue from this fundraising event will support our Rotary Club’s community projects including childhood literacy, food for homeless students in Oregon City, mobile showers for the vulnerable in our community and enhanced access to quality healthcare. Bidding opened on November 9th and closes November 28th at 5pm.

Here are a few helpful links:

MOBILE
Registration –https://m.silentauctionpro.com/createlogin.php?fwd=olbSignUp&groupId=1729
Catalog –https://m.silentauctionpro.com/bidonlineitems.php?groupId=1729

DESKTOP VERSION
Registration –https://www.silentauctionpro.com/signinregisterolb.php?groupId=1729&olbreturn=/bidonlinegrid.php?groupId=1729&ks=1
Catalog –https://www.silentauctionpro.com/bidonlinegrid.php?groupId=1729

Do You Know That by Donating to the Arts in Oregon, You Can Double Your Donation for Free?

So many of our cultural organizations, including the Three Rivers Artist Guild, have been hit especially hard by the pandemic – there has never been a more important time for Oregonians to support arts and culture through the cultural tax credit.

If you donated to any arts, heritage or humanities nonprofits in Oregon this year, you can double your impact for FREE through the Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit.

Here’s how:

  1. Total the amount you gave to the non-profits on the list found through the Oregon Cultural Trust site at https://culturaltrust.org/. The Three Rivers Artists Guild is on this list
  2. Give a matching amount to the Cultural Trust at https://appengine.egov.com/apps/or/oct/donationpayment or by mail by December 31st. to Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200 Salem, OR 97301
  3. On your State Tax Form, report your gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust and you will get 100% back!

Trieste Andrews
President

TRAG gallery is going into storage

The TRAG gallery has been in Singer Hill Cafe for 10 years running very smoothly for all but the last year plus.  Unfortunately for us Singer Hill Cafe owners are remodeling for their future that will not include TRAG. We have been fortunate over all these years that the Singer Hill owners have offered us a home. We wish them well.

At this time with long discussions between the gallery managers and then a board vote we close out this chapter of the TRAG gallery at Singer Hill. The majority of gallery furniture has been sold and some went to the TRAG storage.

The gallery provided a special venue for new artist to experience being juried and sell their art for the first time. With an all volunteer TRAG membership more than just a location to sell art formed. We weathered some difficult times together over the last year.

As we go into the next year, we hope to recreate another TRAG gallery to call home.

Sue Woodworth
Jeanne Kelly-Brown
Holly Kroening

Holiday Show Updates

The Holiday Show, happening the weekend of December 4 and 5 at the Pioneer Community Center located at 615 5th Street is now full. Participating artists will receive further information by early November. This will include the booth location, set up information, postcards for distributing online and the Hold Harmless. All who have applied are in the Holiday Show.

There will be Facebook postings daily with those artists that sent photos. We have physical postcards available for pickup at the Friends of the Library Bookstore, 814 7th street, open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 till 4.

Times for the event will be Saturday from 9 am till 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am till 4 pm. Set up is on Friday, December 3 from 3 pm till 7 pm. Please do not show up any earlier unless you are assisting with set up. We were unable to fill the show so more space will be allowed between most booths. We are taking all precautions to keep this event safe for all attending. Masks will be required.

Most of the returning artist have been given their original spaces, however a few have been moved to a more favorable location. 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 if you have not done so yet.

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

Call for Volunteers

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the Holiday Show. This is a wonderful, very successful show and just a little bit of volunteering helps it run smoothly. Consider volunteering for just a couple of hours and then a few more hours for Holiday shopping.

Days and times needed for volunteers:
Friday, December 3 from 2:00 till 7:00pm (Moving tables, laying out the booth spaces and helping artists set up)
Saturday, December 4 from 9 am till 4 pm. Giving artists breaks and passing out snacks.
Sunday, December 5 from 10 am till 6 pm. Giving breaks until 4 pm. After 4 pm helping artists break down booths and set up tables and chairs in the Pioneer dining area.

Sound like fun? Contact Kerry Edwards at kerryducks56@gmail.com.

Lynda Orzen
Holiday Show Coordinator

Call to Artists for Citizens Bank rotation November thru January 2022

The next rotation for the Citizen’s Bank will begin in November.  The rotation is for 3 months total, Art In/Out will be scheduled on November 4th and 5th. There is no cost for this exhibition, and no commission is charged. Artwork must stay on display for the entire 3 months.

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 Citizen’s Bank committee at citizensbank@threeriversartistguild.com or rhobabes@msn.com.
   
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 Tuesday, October 26th 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 is getting to be the busy time of year, so, the earlier the better for submissions!!

If you have any questions, please contact Rhoda Bohr at rhobabes@msn.com.

The bank employees are so happy to have our art to admire!!!

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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Trolley Car Mural – Fully Restored!

And the mural restoration of the Trolley car at Don Pepe’s Restaurant at 705 Main Street is finished! Through rain, wind, sun and heat, Cathy Rowe, lead muralist and TRAG member, toiled on from September 13th to October 11th and the final results are breathtaking. What was once a dilapidated cracked and indistinguishable mural originated in 1992, is now a vibrant display of colors that beg to be seen as people go about their business on Oregon City’s busy Main Street.

The restoration of the Trolley car on Main Street was the kick off event for murals once again in Oregon City. The project was financed by TRAG through Oregon City’s Metro Enhancement grant. The outstanding funding will be used for a future brand new mural at a location to be announced towards the spring/summer of 2022. Look for murals coming to Oregon City with Friends of the Library, Live Edge Salon, and White Rabbit Black Ink – to name a few. Art and culture is alive and well in Oregon City! Thank you Cathy and Oregon City for ushering us in to this momentous time.
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