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Three Rivers Artist Guild show, sale supports Meals on Wheels

Black Friday has come and gone, but the gift-giving season is just revving up, and shoppers can find the perfect present at the Three Rivers Artist Guild Holiday Art Show & Sale on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Pioneer Center in Oregon City.

by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Potter Elizabeth Lee places a label on a head planter; a kingfisher fence-post topper sits to her left.Potter Elizabeth Lee is just one of the artists who will be selling their wares at the event, and she says people should attend the sale to both support local artists and to buy special, handmade gifts.

by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Elizabeth Lee shows off one of her heron mandalas.“There will be a variety of things to buy, including pottery, wood items, jewelry, paintings, photos, fiber arts and lots of cards,” she said.

Lee has lived in Milwaukie since 2006, has been a member of the guild for three years, and a full-time potter for five years. She specializes in garden art, and visitors to the sale will see fanciful fence-post tops, garden and patio pots, planters shaped like heads, planters that hang from fences, birdbaths, bowls, platters and spoon rests that are all hand-built, not thrown on a wheel.

Lee likes the hand-building technique, because it allows her to create a variety of shapes that would not be possible on a wheel, she said.

Among her favorite items are her mandalas, which are clay disks depicting a heron, fish or dragonflies. They can be displayed on a fence or a garden wall.

Madrugada Pottery, the name of Lee’s business, came about from her time spent growing up in Brazil, from age 5 to 15.

“Madrugada means the dawn in Brazilian Portuguese, and it means the same in Spanish and Italian. The word is used in poetry and music,” Lee said.

Selling her work is rewarding, she said, especially when people come back and tell her how much they enjoy her pieces.

She added, “I love to hear it, and sometimes they even send me photos.”

Visit her website at: madrugadapottery.com.

Sale benefits Meals on Wheels

Oregon City potter Michael Moullet II, a member of the TRAG holiday show committee, said this is the fifth year of the annual event, and 30 artists will participate. In addition to supporting local artists, people should attend the show to help the Oregon City chapter of Meals on Wheels, he said.

“The show is free, but we ask for donations at the door, and 100 percent of those go to Meals on Wheels. Also, a portion of our proceeds go to that program,” Moullet said.

Calling the Three Rivers Artist Guild Holiday Art Show & Sale a “nice, intimate show,” he added that there will be live music and refreshments available both days.

Support art!

What: Three Rivers Artist Guild Holiday Art Show & Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

Where: The Pioneer Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City

Details: The show/sale is free, but a donation collected at the door will benefit Oregon City’s Meals on Wheels, as will a portion of the proceeds from the sale.

More: Visit the website at threeriversartistguild.com for more info.




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