Art is the star at Milwaukie's First Friday
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Milwaukie will be awash in art on July 7, during the celebration of First Friday, and through the month of July. A reception to meet the artists represented in "A-Z: Art to End Alzheimer's" will kick off the festivities from 5 to 7 p.m. in the City Hall Gallery and Milwaukie Bay Gallery next door.
This exhibit, a benefit for the Oregon chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, was curated by Milwaukie artist/advocate Denise Baker, and runs at City Hall through July 31.
Seven other venues in downtown Milwaukie also will host art shows, curated by Milwaukie artist Chris Haberman.
Both Baker and Haberman are members of artMOB: art-Milwaukie On Board, the city's arts committee.
'Art to End Alzheimer's'
This is the fourth-annual benefit art show that Baker has staged in Milwaukie.
The purpose of the event is "to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association while providing a venue for artists, senior citizens, and community members to show their support for the work the Alzheimer Association does," she said.
Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or a type of dementia, Baker said.
Funds raised will support those affected by Alzheimer's and their caregivers, as well as contribute to research for a cure.
"Art speaks all languages and touches our emotional memory," Baker said.
She also has a personal connection to the disease and has known many people affected by it.
"My own father and grandfather both lived with Alzheimer's for years, and I saw the devastating effect on them and their loved ones," she said.
"The entire artMOB committee is on board with supporting this cause. We have [partnered] every year with Willamette View Retirement Center, which has a fabulous ArtWorks art therapy program, as well as with the Oregon Alzheimer's Walk team director Kara Griffey, who is also a Milwaukie resident and former artMOB member," Baker said.
All artwork in the show will be for sale and at least 20 percent of each sale goes to the Alzheimer's Association.
Among the more than 25 artists represented in the "Art to End Alzheimer's" exhibit will be Willamette View resident artists Dan Rego, Richard Helmick and Ted Wiprud.
In addition, David Kohnstamm, director of wellness at Willamette View, and art therapist Kristen Larsen will show their work.
Larsen said that she is pleased that staff members submitted their art alongside residents.
"That shows we are a community working together. It gives us the opportunity to be creative and share our creativity with each other," she said.
Larsen added, "We like to help raise money and awareness about topics focusing on older adults."
Art in many forms
The art show will feature a variety of mixed-media wall art, many paintings, some drawings, prints, fabric art and a few ceramic pieces, Baker said.
New this year will be The Curious Ear project sculpture piece, a collaborative technology piece by Travis Able and friends.
A giant ear will be set up in the Bay Gallery next to City Hall, and a huge mouth will occupy space on the sidewalk nearby. The idea is to tell your story to the ear, which records what you say. People on the street can then listen to the story as it comes out of the mouth, Baker said.
"Everyone has been affected by Alzheimer's in some way; we all have a story."
People should support the show because it is "a chance to see a great group show of renowned and emerging artists, to buy a piece that will also benefit an important healing organization, and to learn more about the Alzheimer's Association," Baker said.
Attendees also can donate by buying a $1 daisy for the wall at City Hall, or get a limited-edition art print for donating $20.
People can even sign up to join the artMOB walk team, Team artMOB, which will participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's Portland event on Sept. 10.
Haberman books all of the artists who show at venues throughout the city, hangs the shows and does promotion, in partnership with First Friday, Milwaukie Business Association, artMob and the city of Milwaukie.
"Most of these venues operate on a monthly schedule, with the art changing out every 30 days to coincide with Milwaukie's First Friday events May to October," Haberman said.
During July, art will be on display at The Beer Store, Cha Cha Cha, Kathy Lyle's Place/Salon, Libbie's, Painted Lady, St. John's Episcopal Church and Wine:30.
All will hold artists' receptions on July 7; most start at 5 p.m., although Painted Lady's reception will begin at 6 p.m.
"I feel like art in Milwaukie, and First Friday as a whole, reminds me of when I started as an artist on Alberta Street many years ago — still grass-roots, still about art and the community," Haberman said.
"Every month it's great to be part of it and help bring art to my hometown of Milwaukie."
The Beer Store, Cha Cha Cha
The Beer Store's OneDer Gallery, at 10610 S.E. Main St., will host "Indie, Outie, Upside Down," a 40-artist group show celebrating "independent and outsider artists in Milwaukie and Portland," Haberman said. All the art is for sale and is priced at $100 or less.
The Beer Store Milwaukie is a family-friendly tap room and bottle store that opened in April 2016. It is owned by Milwaukie natives Nate Noble and Mike Lesch.
The artist known as El Corona will show his work at Cha Cha Cha Taqueria, 11008 S.E. Main St.
"He is a multifaceted artist ranging from installation art, painting, social causes, multimedia and print work. He is an advocate for multiculturalism and community spirit," Haberman said. This exhibit of El Corona's latest work delves into his screenprints, and other printing methods that are reminiscent both of tarot cards and Mexican-themed political posters, Haberman said.
"Carmen, the owner of Cha Cha Cha, is well-known in the community and has always hosted [artwork] on her walls," Haberman said.
Kathy Lyle, Libbie's
Lyle is a community-based hair stylist who owns a salon at 2035 S.E. Washington St. She supports many community events, including charity events dealing with children and animals, Haberman said.
The salon will host a group show with the theme of dogs; both Baker and Haberman will have pieces for sale here, along with Amy McLain and Nancy Coffelt.
Libbie's Old Bar Gallery, at 11056 S.E. Main St., presents "Prints and the Revolution," a show featuring print artists from Haberman's own collection.
"Libbie's is one of Milwaukie's oldest running establishments," Haberman said, noting that he grew up going to the Old Bar, and was enamored by its classic feel.
Painted Lady, St. John's, Wine:30
It is not surprising that Painted Lady Coffee, 2045 S.E. Washington, will host "Luck Be a Lady," featuring the art of Lea Barozzi and Brenda Dunn.
Barozzi has been a model and actress, but now, loves being an artist and mother. Her artwork has been shown all around the United States, Europe and the U.K.
Dunn, known as the pinup girl, has been a staple in the Portland art scene for over a decade. She is a master printer, and her illustrations are all over Portland's food/beverage scene, Haberman said.
Owner Jill Younce started Painted Lady Coffee in 2012; she is an avid art collector and supporter of anything "awesome," Haberman said.
Well-known Milwaukie artist Gary Michael will display his landscape paintings at St. John's Episcopal Church, 2036 S.E. Jefferson St.
He has worked in watercolors, colored pencil and acrylics, but since 1990 has concentrated on pastels and oils.
The church is a regular First Friday stop for many because it hosts a monthly poetry reading by organizers of the Milwaukie Poetry Series.
Dunn's pin-up girls will get double exposure, as her artwork also will be on display at Wine:30 Bistro, 10835 S.E. Main St. Her work has been featured in magazines, and on the TV show "Portlandia."
"Wine:30 was one of the first venues in downtown Milwaukie to regularly show art years ago, Haberman said.
What: Artworks will be on display during First Friday and throughout the month of July
When: artMOB, the Milwaukie Arts Committee, will host a special artist reception from 5-7 p.m. July 7 to introduce "A-Z: Art to End Alzheimer's" show
Where: Milwaukie City Hall, 10722 S.E. Main St. and seven other venues in downtown Milwaukie
Details: For more about the City Hall gallery, visit milwaukieoregon.gov
To learn more about artMOB, visit facebook.com/artMOBMilwaukie.
For more about the Alzheimer's art show, visit facebook.comevents/112724286007519/?ti=cl.
Oregon Alzheimer's Walk team director is Kara Griffey, and Milwaukie artist/advocate Denise Baker has been staging annual benefit shows in Milwaukie. We apologize that the original version of this online story was not consistent in correctly identifying the roles of the two women.