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Online art gallery to offer physical fair, weekend community event at Welches Adventist Clinic

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CARYN TILTON - A Giclee print of Caryn Tilton's 'Timberline Lodge' will be raffled off at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.Over the last year, Mt. Hood Art Online has worked to provide virtual views of the Mount Hood area through a digital gallery, making local artists' fine art accessible to all. Now, under the leadership of founder Caryn Tilton, the digital gallery will come to life for a special one-day event in Welches: a pop-up gallery.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, four artists will compile their works to provide a tangible shopping experience for the community, including both art on display and garage sale items for sale.

Much of the entertainment available on the mountain, said Tilton, is very recreation-focused. Tilton hopes this innagural gallery will give not only the community, but visitors a greater variety of activities to enjoy.

"(It's) something else to bring the community together and provide visitors with light entertainment," Tilton explained. "If this works I would envision doing pop-up galleries on a regular basis in the Hoodland area — weather permitting."

The event will take place in the Adventist Clinic parking lot at 24461 E. Welches Road, and will feature work from local watercolor artists, Caryn Tilton and Marcia Marrow, oil painter Pam Smithsted and mixed media artist Lauren Metz Jenkins.

One of Tilton's pieces, a Giclee watercolor print of "Timberline Lodge" will be raffled off at 4 p.m. There are no tickets required, and the winner will not need to be present to win. Greeting cards will also be sold for $1 a piece.

"Hopefully this will be something that will grow and improve over time in our community," Tilton said. "This is a good opportunity to connect art with the community and the community with artists, and give people something fun to do on the weekend."

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