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Painters produced work inspired by Stevens-Crawford Heritage House during their pandemic stays

COURTESY PHOTO: CCHS - Natalie Wood worked at the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House during its residency program with Art in Oregon.For the past two years, the Clackamas County Historical Society has hosted Art in Oregon's residency program at the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House, a program that provided artists with the opportunity to use the museum rooms as studio space. COURTESY PHOTO: CCHS - Mainly working in acrylic, Paul Trapp is known for depicting distorted domestic spaces with doors and windows that open up to sea and landscapes.

Seven artists gave much-needed life to the space to the closed museum during the pandemic and many produced works inspired by the house during their stay. The house will reopen for a special exhibit to showcase artwork from the resident artists every Friday and Saturday until Dec. 18, (except for the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 and 27), with a special final closing day on Sunday, Dec. 19.

Resident artists were each granted $300 stipends and were asked to volunteer for 20 hours at the Heritage House before or during their month-long residencies. Restored to much of its original Edwardian splendor through donations of furnishings and textiles, Stevens-Crawford is an American Foursquare home built in 1908 by prominent real estate investors Harley Stevens and his wife, Mary Elizabeth.

Resident artists were not limited in the scope of work they produce. They were instead encouraged to explore ideas carrying some relationship to Oregon City and/or the Heritage House. This could include historical events; current social, political, or statistical data; materials, structures, natural landscapes unique to the area.

Funding for this program was made possible by a grant from the Clackamas County Arts Alliance.

Stevens-Crawford Heritage House reopens

Where: 603 Sixth St., Oregon City

Hours: Noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19

Cost: Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

More information: clackamashistory.org


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