Lucky raffle winners

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.


People’s Choice — 2015

The “People’s Choice” award went to Melvin McRobert of Tigard Red Barnfor his oil painting “Red Barn”.

New art show feature

In a first for the Colony Days Art Show, we will be showcasing what is actually a very long-standing artists’ practice — painting out-of-doors (“en plein air”).  We hope to make this an annual feature.

Many artists work only in their studios, where they are not at the mercy of the elements and onlookers, and their tools are close by and handy.  Plus, working outdoors is scary — it’s so big out there!  But especially for those artists who like to paint landscapes, city scenes and people going about their activities, the only place to work is outdoors — a tradition perfected by the Impressionists, who relished the challenge of dealing with natural light and color, and imposing compositional elements on natural scenes.  (And who didn’t worry that they had left their favorite brush back in the studio.)

Starting around 10 AM on Saturday August 8, a dozen watercolorists under the guidance of noted local teacher and painter Jude Welter will be working in the gardens of the Old Aurora Colony Museum on 2nd and Liberty.  Admission to the Museum is free that day, and we hope that many visitors will avail themselves of the opportunity to watch painters in action.  The paintings will be displayed that afternoon at 3 PM at the main site of the Colony Days Art Show, the Christ Lutheran Church across 2nd Street.

Take a chance on a Ron van Kleef giclee

Feature artist Ron van Kleef has generously donated a giclee copy of his beautiful original painting “Walking in the Rain” (the header and background images on this website are from that painting) to be raffled off at the Friday night artists’ reception.  Value — $150. Raffle ticket price — $5 each.  All proceeds go to the Aurora Arts Association.

“Arts” is a big tent

Visual arts are not the only arts that the Colony Days Art Show will be celebrating. Musically, we have live music on Friday evening and on Saturday/Sunday — Michelle van Kleef, Ryan David Dwyer and Heather Andrews. Culinarily, at the Friday evening reception we have Jason Cromer from Pheasant Run with hors d’oeuvres and Roberta Hutton (well, you all know her!) with desserts; Saturday and Sunday we will be selling “Special Edition” Aurora Arts truffles from Ladybug in Canby.

Children’s art

Thanks to the vision and hard work of Barbara Pearson, Aurora Arts is able to offer 2 opportunities for our local children to learn about art and make it themselves — the first-ever (and we hope annual) Summer Arts Program at Christ Lutheran Church on 2nd Street (site of the art show).

Workshops are running this week with 3 sessions per day of age-appropriate instruction and art projects offered — free — by experienced volunteer teachers.  Art literacy, technique, style and design principles are being taught and incorporated into the projects.  Call Barb at 503-702-1090 to register.

On Sunday August 9, the last day of the show, “Adventures in Printmaking” will be offered for youth and families.  1-4 PM — free and no registration necessary.

The countdown has begun!

Attention artists! You have exactly one month to finish up your entry for the Colony Days art show — receiving takes place on August 6.

Artists and non-artists alike are invited to help with the show. We need people to help set up and decorate during the day on August 6 — people to help receive and hang the work that evening — people to work at the reception on Friday evening August 7 — people to staff the show on Saturday and Sunday August 8-9.

New location for August art show

The location of our show has been changed to Fellowship Hall in the Christ Lutheran Church in Aurora — 15029 2nd Street NE, just a stone’s throw from the former Pythian Hall site.  All other details of the show remain the same.  There will be plenty of signage to direct you.

Meet the judges

Awarding prizes and ribbons for entries to this year’s art show are Christine Jennings of Portland and Loni Parrish of Newberg.

Although she grew up as the daughter of two highly successful watercolorists, Christine began her painting career relatively recently, after many years as a graphic designer.  Her own medium is also watercolor, which she paints with a collection of heirloom brushes left to her by her father.  Because Christine is a master gardener, her work shows a special affinity with the world of plants and nature.  She emphasizes color and flow, and often renders multiple paintings of the same subject, experimenting with different techniques in each piece.   er watercolors are owned by collectors from NY across the country to Oregon and into Mexico, where she travels several times a year to teach.  Visit her website,

Loni’s life and career has been a combination of self-discovery, artistic expression, community service and entrepreneurship.  She is a pastel artist and a former public school art teacher, and her art-related community service includes helping found the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. Loni owns the ART Elements Gallery in Newberg, which represents over 50 Oregon artists and offers monthly exhibits and special events.  She also started and runs two other Newberg-based businesses (LLP Properties, which restores/repurposes historic buildings; Distinctive Destinations, a portfolio of vacation homes).  Loni has curated numerous private, academic and corporate art collections.  She is also active in her family’s business, A-dec Inc. Visit this website,

Help needed to prepare for our fund-raiser

On Sunday June 7, Carl of St. Josef’s Winery and Jimmy of The Aurora Artisan are teaming up to offer a fund-raiser to benefit our upcoming art show.  If you’ve seen the gaily painted, re-purposed vineyard fence posts that are now decorating the Pheasant Run Tasting Room’s Wine Garden — well, for a donation of $20, people will have the chance to decorate a fence post to take home for their own gardens.

To make this happen easily — your help is wanted!  Only an hour or two of your time on this coming Monday May 18, starting at 2 PM.  The straight-out-of-the-vineyard fence posts need to have a base coat of house paint applied; this acts as the canvas on which the donors will paint their designs.    All supplies will be provided — though if you can bring a brush, that’s great. There are about 50 posts to paint, and a group of us should be able to get through them pretty quickly.  Please come to the Wine Garden behind the Pheasant Run/Aurora Artisan buildings on Main Street.

Please let me know if you can help!  And please think about coming to the fund-raiser!