Creativity in community
Typically, a Spiral Gallery artist has work featured every month. But in January, the space is dedicated to other artists in Estacada.
The gallery's community art show takes place every January, though last year's event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists of all ages are invited to have their work included in the show.
This year's show features painting, sculptures, jewelry and several other mediums.
Estacada resident Jean Hiebert Larson and her daughter Ellie, 8, both have pieces in the show.
The two spent a day painting together and finishing their pieces.
"I really like connecting with (Ellie) about art," Jean said. "I'm excited to see (the show)."
Previously, Ellie participated in the 2020 show.
"We hope to participate (in the community show) more in the future," Jean said.
Jean appreciates that Ellie gets to grow up visiting the gallery.
"It's her favorite place to go," she said, adding that she bonds with certain art pieces and enjoys seeing them on each visit.
Jean appreciates the art community in Estacada.
"The gallery is a gem," she said. "It's great to provide an opportunity for people outside of the gallery to participate. There are a lot of people in Estacada who do art on the side."
First-time participant Lisa Fuller has three watercolor paintings in the community show. Her home burned in the Riverside Fire, which inspired one of her paintings that depicts a scorched tree on her property with underbrush growing back. Another painting features cosmos flowers in her garden, and a third one shows her farm's scarecrow, which her mother dresses in a new outfit each year.
"The inspiration for my art is my life," Fuller said.
Previously, she had created ceramics but hadn't worked with color prior to taking a class from local artist Kerrie Hubbard this past fall.
"It was very therapeutic. I didn't know that would be a side effect," she said.
Fuller appreciates seeing her work among the rest of the pieces submitted for the show.
"I feel like I belong. That surprised me. Like anyone, I'm super self-critical," she said. "I've never considered myself an artist, but I'm on my way to owning it."
Fuller noted that there are a variety of artists in Estacada.
"I'm grateful that the gallery gives the opportunity to new artists. We have quite an array of community artists," she said. "It's an opportunity for us to be proud as a community," she said.
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