Spring Fling 2022 Review

By Lynda Orzen, Spring Fling Coordinator

The weather wasn’t the best for our 2-day art event but still had quite a few visitors. Having smaller crowds meant visitors had more time to talk with artists. We had to bring in our artists that were going to set up outside, making for cozier conditions inside. Soul Flags kept the little ones busy making Mother’s Day cards.

A huge Thank You to Rose Holden for inviting us to use her facility for our art event!

Call for Artists – Spring Fling Festival 2022

Updated April 7th, 2022: only 3 spaces are still available!

This year the Spring Fling will be held at the Oregon City Golf Club at 20124 S Beavercreek Road in Oregon City. The event will be held Mothers Day Weekend, May 6 and 7. Friday from noon till 5 and Saturday from 10 am till 5 pm. Set up will be Friday morning from 8 till 11:30 am. There are two options for booth selections. The facility has an elegantly decorated reception room for weddings and other events. There is an outside covered patio area and covered Pergola for pop ups.

For more information contact the Spring Fling Coordinator, Lynda Orzen, orzep@comcast.net

Inside area

There are eighteen spaces total inside the reception area that measure 6 ft x 8 ft in. Six of the spaces are 6 ft deep by 8 ft wide, twelve of the spaces are 8 ft deep by 6 ft wide.

Outside area

There is a covered patio just outside the reception room with a covered Pergola.

Eight spaces to accommodate 10 by 10 booths,
Two spaces outside entry doors 8 wide by 6 deep
One odd-shaped space in Pergola about 7 ft by 5 ft.

Application fee is for Friday and Saturday

All 8 by 6 spaces including odd shape are $50

10 x 10 spaces are $60

Table rental for 6 foot table is $10 for weekend

To apply for Spring Fling, fill out the form below

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February 2022 President’s Message

Dear TRAG Members,

Happy February! Hope everyone has enjoyed our unusually sunny weather over the past couple of weeks! I am a lucky lady and will be spending 2/3-2/11 (maybe longer?) in Hawaii! I’m looking forward to the warmth and the sun and swimming with sea turtles.

We had our first Board meeting on January 20th and I want to give you an update on what’s to come for TRAG this year.

First, I’d like to thank all of you who responded to the questionnaire about the meeting in January and your thoughts on proof of vaccination for meetings. It is so helpful to get input from the membership when trying to make decisions about how to move forward. As you all know, we did cancel the meeting in January due to the very high Covid numbers in Oregon. As a board, we have decided to cancel the February meeting as well and are VERY hopeful that we will, indeed, meet IN PERSON on March 14th! The results of the survey regarding proof of vaccination were: Yes-17; No-12; Maybe-5. The Board discussed this and since it was not an overwhelming YES, we will not require proof of vaccination for meetings, but will require that everyone at the meeting wear a mask and that it is properly worn over the mouth AND nose. We just want everyone to be safe, and we want to meet in person again.

As you all know, Trieste Andrews (our immediate past president) has stepped down from coordinating the Oregon City Festival of the Arts (OCFOTA). (It is a well-deserved break!) I’m happy to announce that OCFOTA is on for this year! We have a wonderful trio of women (Jen Henry, Lynda Orzen, & Tima Carlson) who will be coordinating the event this year along with the many dedicated volunteers from years past. OCFOTA is a wonderful event for our organization as well as for the community and we are so happy that it will continue this year.

We are also happy to let you know that it looks like we will be able to have a Spring Fling event at the Oregon City Golf Course on Mother’s Day weekend. We are tentatively scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 6 & 7—that way artists can be with their family on Mother’s Day if that is something you celebrate. It would be and early morning set up on Friday and we’d open for business from 12 pm – 5 pm. Saturday hours would be 10 am – 5 pm. It looks like we’ll have room for 25 artists. The Call for Artists will go out soon with a link to an application. Many thanks to Lynda Orzen for helping to coordinate this and other upcoming events where our artists will be able to sell their work.

That is a good segue into the topic of our TRAG Gallery. As you all are aware, we had to close the gallery around August of last year. This was a very tough decision for the TRAG Board and Gallery Managers to make, as we know how important it is for our artists to have an opportunity to display and sell their work in a gallery. However, it just wasn’t feasible to keep it open any longer given the significant decrease in sales and foot traffic. We, of course, are not alone—-many businesses have had to close due to the pandemic. Our landlords at Singer Hill were so gracious and let us continue to store our “stuff” in the gallery space with the hope that we would be able to reopen at some point, however, we received notice in later October that we would need to have all our things out of the gallery space by the end of November 2021 due to them remodeling the space. At our Board meeting in January, after much discussion, we decided that we need to wait for at least a year before we entertain the prospect of finding a new gallery space. Now is just not the right time. Things may look very different in a year, or we may still be in the midst of this pandemic—who knows! What we all agree on is that we want the best chance for the new gallery to be successful—opening and then having to close again would just be so disheartening for all involved. I know this is not the news most of you were hoping to hear and I’m sorry for that. Please feel free to contact me or any of the Board members if you have questions/concerns/thoughts about this.

I look forward to seeing everyone again at our March 14th meeting! Same time and place:
The Pioneer Center basement meeting room from 7-8:30pm. Come with lots of ideas about what you want from your TRAG membership this year. As always, we welcome and encourage involvement from all the members for any activity/event that we plan. Please let me know if you have an interest in helping with any of the things I’ve presented above.

Be well,

Tamara Scott
TRAG President

Sue Thomas
Membership Coordinator

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Last letter from the president for 2021

Dear Guild Members,

The end of 2021 is fast approaching, and the end of my TRAG president’s term as well. As you may know the TRAG bylaws state that no elected board member can serve for more than 2 years and I along with the other elected board members – Vice president Jeanne Cardana, Treasurer Cheri Bosserman and Secretary Tamara Scott– are moving on. TRAG is fortunate that Tamara Scott has agreed to take the position of president for 2022. TRAG has also elected Rhoda Bohr as Vice President, Cathy Rowe as Secretary, and Nancy Graham as Treasurer. I am confident and excited that TRAG’s new board will carry the Guild through to better times and remain as strong and vibrant in our community as in years past. Please make sure you make it to the in-person meeting on January 10th at the Pioneer Center in Oregon City from 7pm – 8:30pm if you can. The new TRAG president Tamara Scott will be brainstorming with members on the future of TRAG.

I look back on the last 2 years and am astounded at what TRAG accomplished in possibly one of the worst economic times in history due to the pandemic. As the Gallery hit hard times, due to the anchor tenant leaving the Singer Hill Café, we turned to other avenues to support the Gallery, our TRAG members and the arts in Oregon City. We were able to procure project funding through the metro enhancement grant for the Storefront Art Gallery and Event project in 2020 ($9370) and the mural project for 2021 ($18690). Both these projects offered artists opportunities to participate and sell their artwork. And TRAG was able to use some of the grant funds to run the Spring Fling Pop up Art Show in May 2021. Additionally, TRAG applied and received funding in the amount of almost $20,000 through the Oregon Community grant, the Oregon City Business grant, the Coronavirus Relief Grant, the CARES ACT, and our own Oregon City business partners. The Spring Fling Art show was a tremendous success as was the Holiday Show, and the 2021 Oregon City Festival of the Arts was the most successful show we TRAG has held so far. These were all truly a team effort, and my deepest thanks to the Guild members who contributed to all these major events to make them happen. Although the decision was made to close the Singer Hill gallery at the end of May due to slow traffic, our amazing landlords Phil and Vicki Yates had let us use the space for free as they realized TRAG was hitting hard times. All of these contributions put TRAG in the best financial state we have ever been in for 2022. I am grateful to be able to hand over the reins to a new board knowing they have a strong financial springboard to have the freedom to accomplish absolutely anything they wish.

I have so many TRAG members to thank for helping TRAG thrive in such difficult times. Cheri Bosserman the TRAG treasurer who kept TRAG on track – but more importantly whose friendship through one of the most difficult times of my life literally kept me sane. Yelena Shabrova whose constant tweaks and upgrades to our website and knowledge of IT issues kept us not only surviving but growing. Cathy Rowe who partnered with me to procure the Metro grant for murals and was the lead artist and project manager for the Trolley Car renovation. Tamara Scott who pitched in to help with the Storefront Gallery Art Project as we installed and removed 3’x6’ art pieces from TRAG artists throughout Oregon City. Lynda Orzen for her knowledge and help for murals, the Holiday Show, and OCFOTA. Kerry Edwards for her help in procuring and managing volunteers for TRAG’s events. Each and every one of the OCFOTA committee who took on the responsibility of running the best Festival TRAG has ever had – and had fun doing it. Melody Bush who pitched in to run the social marketing campaign for both OCFOTA and the Holiday Show. Ingrid Aubry who tirelessly takes care of all of our graphics for each and every event. The Gallery managers – Susan Woodworth, Jeanne Kelly Brown, and Holly Kroenig – who kept the Gallery running for almost a year and a half against all odds and then with Tamara Scott’s help made the tough decision with the TRAG board to close it – and then took on the myriad of tasks that goes with closing a store. And last but certainly not least – each and every one of TRAG’s members for your continued membership, input, participation, support, and enthusiasm. I will be forever grateful.

I’d also like to give a special shout out to our Oregon City community members. Over the past 2 years TRAG forged some strong and important partnerships. The OC Chamber of Commerce and its members who have contributed financially and gotten the word out for every one of TRAG’s events. The Oregon City Tourism and Economic Development group who supported TRAG’s mural initiative as well as all of our events. The many organizations who reached out for TRAG’s help for their own projects – Parks and Rec, the Women’s Club, Art in Oregon, Soul Flags, the OC Rotary Club, Clackamas County Arts Alliance, and the Downtown Oregon City Association. I am grateful that TRAG was able to contribute $1000 to OC School District in 2020 and $1000 to the Children’s Center in 2021 for the support of the Arts. My one wish for TRAG is that they keep the community partnerships going – it is a big reason for our success and fulfills our mission of supporting the arts in Oregon City.

I move on with mixed feelings – nostalgic and sad to leave an organization I have loved so much, but excited about some new opportunities on the horizon. As a member of the new Oregon City Art Commission, I was recently asked to Chair the Commission. I have still not decided on that – but am considering it. Oregon City’s new focus on the need for Art and Culture is a truly exciting time, and TRAG was a strong factor in bringing this about. My hope, as one of the art commissioners, is to continue working with TRAG as a supporting partner in these new initiatives.

Be well and stay well my friends. Life is short. Pursue your passions, love each other, forgive each other, and find every moment you can to reach out with a helping hand. My years with TRAG and the many friendships I made will always hold a special place in my heart. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Trieste Andrews,
TRAG President

Call for Artists – Spring Fling Festival

The Three Rivers Artist Guild will be holding a one-day block party Art Festival at the Singer Hill Café on May 8th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TRAG is looking for 20 artists to participate.

There are no jury requirements. We will be accepting artists on a first come first serve basis.

The booth fee is $25 for the day.

Set up begins at 7 a.m. on May 8th. Festival opens at 9:30 a.m.

It will be held with strict COVID safety precautions. One way in and one way out with an open-air market in front of the gallery as you enter, spaces available on the side gardens, and booths in the Singer Hill Parking lot.

Two spaces are available as you enter the Festival from the Gallery doors. Seven spaces in the side garden area will accommodate a 3-sided table set up. Up to an 8 ft table in front and two side tables of up to 6 feet each. In case of inclement weather bring a protective covering. 12 spaces (3 rows of 4 booths each) are available in the Singer Hill Parking lot. This space will accommodate a 10 x 10 feet tented booth with 2 feet in between each one. Path will be marked for one way only through the booths.

If at all possible, we are asking artists to bring a small DIY project for the public. These can be as simple as a pair of beaded earrings, a bracelet or a coloring book picture. This is not a requirement, but we would appreciate your participation. If you can contribute, please make 25. Be sure to use what you have on hand and make it as inexpensive and simple as possible. Put them in individual bags for the public to pick up. These “DIY Stations” will be scattered throughout the Festival and offered to the public as a scavenger hunt.

Points to consider:

  • Sales and Wifi: There may be a possible connection to the gallery but this is not guaranteed. Plan your sales per your phone with square or have cash available. 
  • The gallery will NOT be able to provide you with change. 
  • You’re more than welcome to share any artist’s space with a friend. 1 fee for each artist area NOT 1 fee for each artist. 
  • Your booth needs to be always manned. TRAG will not be able to provide back-up for breaks. You can always make arrangements with your neighbor. 
  • If permitted by the City, Food trucks may be at the event. Bring a beverage and food as back-up.
  • Portable toilets will be on site
  • Volunteers will be available for set up and crowd monitoring.  

To apply for Spring Fling, fill out the form below.

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