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Work from more than 20 artists featured at Estacada's Spiral Gallery during July

COURTESY PHOTO - A group of Spiral Gallery artists gathered on Sunday, May 5, at Timber Park to work on what would beome the first element of their July show 'We Are Connected.'

Members of the Spiral Gallery took a different approach to their July group show.

In preparation for the event, 22 artists gathered with acrylic paints and canvases on Sunday, May 5, at Timber Park in Estacada. Each participant painted a line on the canvases of their fellow artists, and many lines continue from one canvas to another. Later, each artist created a painting or collage inspired by their work at the park.

The show, titled "We Are All Connected," will hang in the gallery at 341 S. Broadway St. through the end of July, and with an opening reception to be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 5. Along with the final products, the initial canvases will also be on display.

Artists featured in "We Are All Connected" include Caroline Allen, Connie Athman, Nina Bradford, Kolieha Bush, Julie Cooper, Sue Dumolt, Lynne Flores, Oscar Flores, Phyllis Flury, Karl Haugen, De Johnson, Tacy Jones, Luke Lawrence, Phil Lingelbach, Earlean Marsh, Laurie Martin-Cohn, Rory Mutton, Carol Pulvermacher, Annette Reisbick, Brenda Scott, Jeri Walker and Peggy Skycraft.

While some participants are painters, many specialize in other mediums.

COURTESY PHOTO - Caroline Allen's project for 'We Are All Connected' features daisies.

"It was interesting the number of people who weren't painters. We had jewelers, weavers and potters," Allen said. "It's a risk. You have to work with these dribbled lines."

As alluded to in its title, the show celebrates the ties that everyone shares.

"(It's) a group activity where everyone feels really included," Allen said. "While we're all unique, we still share in this human experience. This show highlights this concept — different artistic voices, each special, but all connected."

The majority of participants will see each other's work for the first time when it hangs in the gallery. Since each artist has a different style, the show consists of 22 diverse pieces.

"The only consistency is the size of the paper and the same black liquid acrylic paint," Allen said.

The show and its process will showcase the different ways artistry emerges.

Allen appreciates that it highlights "the power of creativity that we all have."

"It just wants to be expressed," she said.

COURTESY PHOTO - After their gathering at Timber Park, Spiral Gallery artists took canvases like these as inspirations for their finished pieces.

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