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Artwork brightens walls at OC Haggen's

Oregon City residents can rediscover the beauty of Oregon’s scenic places, shop for groceries and have a bite to eat all at the same place, now that the Three Rivers Artist Guild has opened an art gallery in Oregon City Haggen’s Market Street Cafe.

The guild’s leadership has been asking member artists to talk to managers in their workplaces to find more venues to showcase the work of local artists, said Darla Lynn, the group’s president.

“People are unaware of how much talent is in the area, and we wanted to expand out to other venues,” she added, noting that the guild has more than 106 members.

Jeff Willard, who works at Haggen as a cashier and shop steward, took the idea to John Wirfs, who manages both the Oregon City and Tualatin Haggen stores.

Wirfs approved the idea, noting that the store’s philosophy has always been about promoting community values.

“This is part of what we do here,” he said. The gallery will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

by: PHOTO BY: DICK TRTEK - Robin Berry attaches the tags to her paintings, hanging in the Market Street Cafe at the Oregon City Haggen.Art on the walls

Willard is responsible for jurying in all the artwork, and he works with Wirfs to make sure that the pieces fit the Northwest theme.

There are no portraits or three-dimensional pieces, so all the art represents mostly Oregon-based landscapes or scenery in painting or photography, Lynn said.

Artists with work on the cafe’s walls include Ingrid Aubry, Robin Berry, Robert Bresky, Bonnie Burlew, Jerry Myra, Rhondi Myra and Ellen Shefi.

Some of Jerry Myra’s photography, featuring cowboys and cows in a field, also hangs in the meat department, Lynn said.

Every three months the art will change as new artists bring in their work to be displayed, she said. All the artwork is for sale, and artists are responsible for replacing pieces if their work sells.

The gallery “is a way to support art and beauty in our lives, to appreciate the beauty and creativity around us,” Lynn said.

Although the Three Rivers Artist Guild has a permanent gallery inside the Friends of the Library Bookstore at 502 Seventh St. in Oregon City, the Haggen’s gallery space “is a public area where many different kinds of people come and go,” Lynn said.

The guild wants to raise art awareness, and “what better way than to have original paintings in the cafe, as opposed to seeing commercial prints reproduced by the thousands. People can see the energy and feel the difference,” Lynn said.

The gallery also is “a good way to find new and local people to support, to see the beauty around you, and to rediscover Oregon,” Willard said.

Artists

Many of the artists were on hand for the official opening of the Market Street Cafe gallery space on Sunday, June 29.

Aubry was ill and unable to attend the opening, but Lynn described her pieces as photo collage; Jerry Myra was on a photo shoot that day, but his work is mostly photographs of wildlife, while his wife’s work is landscape photography.

Berry wanted to show her oil paintings at the gallery so she would be motivated to work on larger pieces, she said. Her “Lowland Route” painting depicts the “metaphor of the connection between exposed pebbles and a mountain,” she said, while another work, “Ponding Eddy,” is based on a scene in Clackamas.

by: PHOTO BY: DICK TRTEK - Darla Lynn, left, president of the Three Rivers Artist Guild, and Jeff Willard, an artist and employee of the OC Haggen, join Rhondi Myra standing under the photo of a cougar taken by her husband, Jerry Myra.Although Bresky, a photographer, has shown his work all over Oregon City at various local businesses, he has never exhibited in a grocery store before.

“I wanted my art out in a public place, and I wanted some name recognition,” he said. His “Multnomah Falls” piece is a digital photo on canvas, and the other is a photo of Mount Hood.

Burlew is a painter and also does what she calls “photo painting.”

One piece depicts a vineyard, showcasing local wineries, another is a representation of Yaquina Head lighthouse, and the third is titled “Devil’s Elbow,” featuring an inlet of water north of Florence.

She wanted to be part of the exhibit, Burlew said, partly for the exposure, but also because art is “an ongoing learning process.”

Shefi works in photography and “paintography,” where she takes a photo and then embellishes it with acrylic paint.

Her three works are “Fall Pathway,” depicting Elk Rock Island, “Sol Duc Falls,” and another piece highlighting the lavender festival in Sequim, Wash.

“I wanted to bring beautiful art to the area and share my passion. I hope it gladdens other people’s hearts when they see it,” Shefi said.

See it

For more information about the Three Rivers Artist Guild, visit threeriversartistguild.com.

Oregon City Haggen is at 19701 Highway 213; call 503-451-7961.



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