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.
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.
Updating the August 23 and July 20 posts about plein air painting at the Museum during Aurora Colony Days …
The 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).
Numbers tell some of the story of the 2015 Aurora Colony Days Art Show. 55 artists from 18 locales submitting175 works of art. There were 42 watercolor paintings — 25 acrylics — 25 oils — 23 photographs — 60 mixed and almost every other medium. 13 of the artists — 24% — with sales of their work. 50 volunteers to plan, set up/take down, cook, staff, entertain and more. An estimated 500 people visiting the show, from the Friday evening reception through late Sunday afternoon. 40 children taking part in our week-long, first-ever art camp and Sunday printmaking workshop. In another first, 15 “plein air” artists painting and sketching at the Museum and on streets filled with Colony Days celebrants.
But the larger story is one of community. Aurorans and honorary Aurorans came together to work, to celebrate and to appreciate each other, in this art show and in all the other Colony Days festivities. Thank you. .
See you next year! Second weekend of August!
This updates the August 21 post about Urban Sketchers in Aurora —
More feedback from Urban Sketchers Portland from the August 8 Colony Days visit! Including the words ” … residents of Aurora were very kind to us while we were there, as well – two people walked up and told me how grateful they were to have artists out in their streets!”
These photos update the July 20 post about watercolor painting “en plein air” at the Museum on the Saturday of Colony Days, August 8. All involved had a wonderful time — beautiful paintings — look for this to become an annual art show event.
6 members of Urban Sketchers Portland accepted my invitation to come to Aurora on Saturday 8/8 during Colony Days. Usually this group (part of an international movement) sticks to Portland venues (“urban,” you see) for their weekly outings, but I was able to convince them that the City of Aurora would be a fruitful place for them to visit. Some of them had never even heard of Aurora! I’m happy to say that they were very, very happy with their excursion. Many of you stopped to watch them work and engaged them in discussion, and here are just 3 of the images produced that day. I hope to make this an annual event, another way to demonstrate the vital connection between art and the community.
Adding to the fun at the Aurora Colony Days Art Show (and many more details to come!) were raffles for Ron van Kleef’s giclee “Walking in the Rain” — won by Irene Winters of Lake Oswego — and for Julene Trigg’s 2 sets of handmade outdoor wooden flowers — won by Loni Parrish of Newberg and Cindy Caulfield of Aurora — and handmade indoor paper flowers — won by Peggy Weisskirk of Portland.