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!

Aurora Arts in Canby

Several Aurora Arts members are also members of the Canby Arts Association and take part in that group’s Art in Business program, displaying their work in various Canby businesses throughout the year. As you shop, look for paintings by Gordon Rastad, Ron Pomeroy, Jan Glenn, Bryn Carter, Leta Bunnell, Tennie Bottomly and Susan Black.

Ginny Stevens WSO

Congratulations to Colony Days art show ribbon-winner Ginny Stevens, who has obtained the respected status of “Active Membership” in the Watercolor Society of Oregon. This status requires the submission of 3 paintings that are judged on technique, composition and artistic interpretation. It also means that Ginny can add “WSO” to her name when she signs her work. Here are the paintings for all to enjoy.

At the shore

At the shore

Perching Pelicans

Perching Pelicans

Steens Mt Cowboy

Steens Mt Cowboy


New watercolor prize awarded

Updating the August 23 and July 20 posts about plein air painting at the Museum during Aurora Colony Days …

IMGP2184-2The Museum asked to display 3 paintings from this day — the Steinbach Log Cabin — at the 48th annual Quilt Show (featured theme: the log cabin pattern) that concluded last weekend. So we invented a new prize. The Museum Curator’s Choice will henceforth be given at the conclusion of Plein Air Painting Day at the Museum, which will take place annually during Aurora Colony Days. The winner of the first annual Museum Curator’s Choice prize is John Miller. All 3 watercolors will be on display at the Museum until the end of the year. Congratulations to John and thank you to the Museum (esp. Patrick Harris and Kathleen Mason), to Jude Welter (who led the plein air project), to all the watercolorists and to Larry Townsend (for this photo).