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July 31 event takes place at Happy Valley Goodwill store at 172nd Avenue and Sunnyside Road.

The North Clackamas Artist Guild outdoor art sale on July 31 will bring together two organizations that focus on community engagement.COURTESY PHOTO: PAMELA DAVIS - North Clackamas Artist Guild member Pam Davis first painted these zebras in acrylic as an underpainting and then painted in oil. She will show her art at the upcoming sale.

"We teamed up with the new Goodwill because we want more people to know about the guild and the store has a wonderful, graveled area that is perfect for tents and canopies," said Connie Emmons, co-chairman of the art show.

It's a good match, she added, noting that the guild members will show affordable art, and Goodwill sells used frames.

The show will feature the work of between 15 and 20 guild members working in a variety of mediums, including oils, pastels, watercolor, acrylics and pencil; greeting cards with original art also will be available.

Many of the artists showing their work will demonstrate their techniques, Emmons said, adding that she thinks people will be more interested if they see artists at work.COURTESY PHOTO: SHIRLEE LIND - Guild member Shirlee Lind will display her paintings of animals, like this one of a llama, at the upcoming art sale. She teaches art classes through the Gladstone School District.

Part of the guild's mission is to reach out to the community, Emmons said, noting that the guild is one of the oldest in the metro area.

"We've been active for nearly 30 years, and we encourage new artists to join and take advantage of the classes we offer," she said.

Part of the guild's mission statement is to provide an environment where artists can learn and benefit from one another's skills, knowledge and methods.

One way to do that is to take classes offered by the guild's professional artists and another way is to take part in the critiques at each meeting.

"We always find something positive to say and we make suggestions; everyone in the room gets involved," said Pamela Davis, co-chair of the upcoming art show. "People need to know we exist."

COURTESY PHOTO: SHIRLEE LIND - Guild member Shirlee Lind painted this image of a wolf on a piece of slate. Lind teaches art classes through the Gladstone School District and will show her work at the sale.

New Goodwill

When Emmons approached John Hannam about holding the art show and sale at the Goodwill on 172nd, he thought it would be a unique and easily accessible space to hold the event.

Hannam, the director of retail and marketing services for the Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette, said that Goodwill is focused on supporting the local community.

The store opened about eight months ago and the site was chosen because of its accessibility, population growth in the area and donation possibilities, he said.

Every day Goodwill stores boost the local economy and help people find jobs, Hannam said, noting that by supporting the art show and sale, the company also is "helping someone to continue to practice their art."

If you go

What: The North Clackamas Artist Guild art show and sale

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Where: Goodwill, 13500 S.E. 172nd Ave., Happy Valley

More: The North Clackamas Artist Guild is a nonprofit founded in the mid-1990s. The group is open to new members, who are invited to attend meetings held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Saving Grace Church. The next meeting will be Aug. 9.


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