For the past several years, nearly every public event, festival, concert and art exhibition at the Chehalem Cultural Center has been planned or touched in some way by Erin Padilla.
That will change this fall as the young, 26-year-old art professional vacates her dual role as arts and public programming coordinator for the center and moves to the Boston area with her husband, Padilla and other center staff confirmed last week.
"Her loss will be felt in myriad ways, not only at the Chehalem Cultural Center, but also throughout Yamhill County," Jim Halliday, the center's interim executive director, said in an email. "I can't say enough about Erin's talent, intelligence, energy, positive nature, flexibility, stamina, creativity … this list of her gifts goes on and on."
Daughter of Mark Terry, George Fox University art professor and president of the center's board of directors, Padilla said she started working at the cultural center about four and a half years ago.
Initially, she helped coordinate the center's youth art camp as a senior in college, then went on to on to teach in her own right at the camp before becoming the center's education coordinator.
In spring of 2014, she took over the job of arts coordinator – planning and curating art in the center's six multi-use galleries – and then added coordinating any other public festivals, concerts or events to her job about a year later. She has filled both of those roles in the two years since.
She noted that her husband Luke, a Boston native, has been patiently living in the area for four years and Padilla said it's time for him to return and her to take a turn living away from her home.
"While we're very excited for this new adventure, it's definitely hard to be leaving CCC and the Yamhill County community," she said. "I love the Chehalem Cultural Center and this incredibly vibrant and creative community and it's been an honor to have been able to contribute to it."
However, she said she plans to stick around through Sept. 29 before making the move and finding another job in arts coordination with a nonprofit in the Boston area.
In the meantime, Halliday said applications for her replacement were due Monday and he hopes to have the replacement on board by Sept. 1 to give Padilla a month to train her successor.
"Erin will have left a powerful legacy with excellent momentum and our new talent will have a clear and solid path to follow and to further develop," he said.