An Empty “Chair” at the Art Show

Having chaired the Colony Days Art Show for the past 3 years, I have decided to step away. It’s been great fun and a terrific experience, but it’s time! If you think you might like to step forward, contact me at and we can talk about what’s involved.

Report on the 2017 Show — Our 30th Annual

Here’s a brief recap of the results of our annual Art Show and Sale, August 11-13, 2017, part of the Aurora Colony Days celebration and held at Christ Lutheran Church.

A total of 92 artists entered 197 pieces of work.  Of these artists, 35 were children and other young people.  While we saw many “old friends”, we also met new ones — artists who had not entered our show before, or who were new to art or at least to showing their art in public.  There was a first-time and large representation by North Marion High School students.

A nice geographic distribution of artists – Corvallis, Oregon City, Newberg, Sandy, Dundee, Aurora, Portland, Hubbard, Tigard, Clackamas, Wilsonville, Beavercreek, Tualatin and Sandy.  Plus Hamburg, Germany – that’s 15 cities.  (Hamburg is the result of a diligent mother entering the work of her daughter who lives there.  Word DOES get around.)

Best of Show Award — Vern Skogen of Canby for “Carved Wood Duck”
Townsend Award for Student Art — (2 separate awards) Kayla Golka of Aurora for “Words of Love” and Daisey Pastrana Morales for “Erika”
People’s Choice Award – Jan Glenn for “Tara”
(All prizes above funded by the Aurora Arts Association)
Featured Artist — Matthew Eveleigh of Aurora
Judges — Alexandra Opie of Salem and Brian Rogers of Salem and Mary Lou Zeek of Salem
First Prizes — Jesse and Trang Lawler for Photography, Mary Weil for Pastel, Vern Skogen for 3-D, Eric Wechter for Acrylic, Sharla Sevy for Watercolor, Ian Graham for Print/Drawing/Graphic and Lynn Brush for Oil Painting
Second Prizes — Brynn Carter, Brad Isom, Justin Leonard, Pamela Quataert and Cec Sheoships
Third Prizes — Frederick Jones, Jennifer Graham, Richard Miller and Lyallyn Temple
Honorable Mention — Jan Glenn, Russell Glenn, Sara Leonard, Michael Muldoon and Colleen Vancil

Special Thanks To — Roberta Hutton (and Tia and Miguel), Mercedes Roden-Feeley, Larry Townsend, Ginny and Tom Stevens, Lyallyn Temple,  Sara Bailey, Josie and Otto Hyde, Jackie Ensign Snodderly, Spud Sperb, Elisha Wettstein, Jan Glenn, Ailsa Medlicott, Billie Kaiser, Barry Causey, Erica Dally, Bob and Susan Foster, Ron and Mary Van Kleef (and Alina), Ted Heid, Julene Trigg, Pastor Craig Johnson (and Christ Lutheran Church staff), Mayor Bill Graubb (and the City of Aurora), John Baker (and the Canby Herald) and John Berard

Reprinted from the Canby Herald — August 2, 2017

This year’s featured artist for the Aurora Arts Association’s annual show, in conjunction with Aurora Colony Days Aug. 11-13, is Aurora resident Matthew Eveleigh.

The show’s extensive display of Eveleigh’s acrylic paintings will feature his local landscapes, many depicting scenes near his home on Meridian Road. Dominated by their skies, these paintings pinpoint specific and closely observed hours of the day or seasons or weather conditions, yet they are also timeless.

Eveleigh wants them to impart a sense of eternity, that this is how it has always been and how it will always be. And as vibrantly colorful as they are, they are very peaceful.

“I have been making art all my life,” said Eveleigh, “but took the decision several years ago to pursue painting more seriously and see where it leads me. My first interest was landscape. I worked from photographs, plein-air painting experiences, life drawing and memories. Drawing and painting more consistently made me start to look at everything differently.

“My first subjects were all taken from within a mile or two of my house. After a while my work began to transform my experience of living here,” he added. “It began to dawn on me that being an artist was actually a way of life, of being in the world, and it wasn’t confined to the times when I was actually painting.”

A native of the United Kingdom who came to the United States, and then to Aurora, 25 years ago, Eveleigh said that both of his parents had been painters and that, earlier in his life, he had been a stone carver. In fact, his own stone-carved lettering adorns walls at the Oregon Holocaust Museum and the Portland Art Museum.

Eveleigh’s art has evolved from its origins in stone into landscape, and is now moving into the abstract.

“Less and less am I trying to represent what is physically visible, making painterly depictions of outward things,” he said. “Instead, I am starting with experiences, inner impressions that call me to engage through paint. Often this initial impression is vague, but that’s okay. All that is needed is to begin, then that would lead to the next step, then the next. Each painting is a journey, the outcome of which can’t be seen in advance.”

The 30th annual Aurora Arts Association Show and Sale takes place Aug. 11-13 at Christ Lutheran Church, 15029 2nd Avenue (just off Liberty Street and 99E). The show begins Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., then is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

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To find out more about Eveleigh, check his website at

The details are falling into place …

…now, what’s needed is you! The artists! For this year’s Aurora Colony Days Art Show and Sale — the 30th annual, a long and fun history.

The website has been updated to include information on this year’s Judges and Featured Artist, on the new Marketplace sales opportunity and on the 2-track Plein Air Watercolor event. See: Calls for Artists, Rules and Entry Form, all on the above “bar”.

Better late than never?

Here’s what may be the tardiest and the briefest report ever — a recap pf the results of the 29th Annual Art Show and Sale, August 12 -14, 2016, part of the Aurora Colony Days celebration.  Blame circumstances mostly under my control.

Best of Show Award — Kelli Pelligrini of Canby for “(Raise It Up) Rabbit/(Raise It Up) Offering”
Townsend Award for Student Art — Bailey Paige Meyer of Oregon City for “Dragon’s Hard Breath”
People’s Choice Award – Holly Kroening of Oregon City for “Red Rain”
Museum Curator’s Plein Air Award — Ginny Stevens of Aurora for “Wash House”
Featured Artist — Russell Glenn of Aurora
Judges — Mark Terry of Newberg and Mary Lou Zeek of Salem
Prize Donors — McLaren Auction House, Wallflowers Framing Gallery, Woodburn Art Center, Spring Chickens Art and Handcraft, White Rabbit Bakery, French Prairie Perennials, Asher Traditional Homes, Black Star Watercolor

Plein air watercolor painting during Colony Days

The many visitors to the Old Aurora Colony Museum’s courtyard on the Saturday of Colony Days last year probably didn’t realize that they were helping to evaluate an artistic experiment.  That day, Jude Welter led a group of her students in the first-ever plein air painting event at the Museum.  It culminated in one work from that day being awarded the — also first-ever — Museum Curator’s Prize.  Bsed on the all-round interest and enthusiasm shown, the experiment was deemed a success.

So this year’s Colony Days will feature an expanded plein air event.  Aurora Arts Association and the Museum will once again collaborate.  Painters will work at the Museum as well as throughout “downtown” Aurora, and there will be opportunities for all that day’s work to be shown and enjoyed by Colony Days visitors.  And the 2nd annual Museum Curator’s Prize will be given.

All watercolorists interested in plein air painting — no matter how much expertise or experience — are encouraged to take part.  Click on the “Call to Artists”, “Rules” and “Entry Forms” buttons above for all the details.


Aurora Colony Days Art Show and Sale

All the information you need to know about this year’s Aurora Colony Days Art Show and Sale is right at your fingertips — just click on the tabs on the masthead above for the Call to Artists, the Rules and the Entry Form.

We look forward to having your work in the show!  It’s a wonderful community event and celebration, a real showcase of local creativity — and it will not be the same without your participation.

And if you’re not an artist — please come and enjoy — we love visitors.

Call to Artists

You are warmly invited to enter the 50th Anniversary Art Show and Sale at the Woodburn Art Center, May 14-15, receiving May 6-7. Full details at

Aurora Colony Days Art Show 2016

Heads up!  August 12-13-14 are the dates for our 2016 Art Show, taking place as part of the Aurora Colony Days celebration.  (A big celebration this year, as it is Aurora’s 160th birthday.)

Watch this space for all the information you’ll need to enter — and enjoy — the show.

Aurora Arts members in action

— Mary Weil’s first-ever show (“Time and Place”) of her pastel paintings — Chehalem Cultural Center at 415 E. Sheridan in Newberg. The opening is Friday evening 5-9 and the shows runs until March 5.

— Jude Welter’s “Christmas at Crabapple Creek”, at her studio at 15881 S. Wilshire Circle in Oregon City (Saturday and Sunday 10-4).

— Three Rivers Art Guild’s “Holiday Show and Sale”, at the Pioneer Community Center at 615 5th Street in Oregon City (Saturday 10-5:30).

Mutual support among artists is the way to go!