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Downtown co-op of 31 artists holds grand opening, offers ongoing classes, workshops and events

Red Trillium, a cooperative of 31 local professional artists selling high-quality artwork across multiple media, opened on Friday, Dec. 6, in downtown Troutdale. Troutdale welcomed its newest art gallery on Friday, Dec. 6, when the doors of Red Trillium Gallery opened at 10 a.m. downtown at 373 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, complete with grand opening celebration featuring champagne and hors d'oeuvres.

Red Trillium is a cooperative of 31 local professional artists selling high-quality artwork across multiple media who said the gallery boasts original paintings, prints and cards plus a trove of wearable art, sculpture, jewelry, glass, baskets and pottery featured in what Trillium board member Laurie Martin-Cohn calls "elegant vignettes."

The 2,000-square-foot space also includes a classroom for art instruction with a capacity of 10 to 15 students. Local and regional art teachers are being sought for multi-day workshops. The space also is available for small art groups to host one-day events. Registration is open for the Drink and Art class on Saturday, Dec. 7, and a children's art course also is in the works.CREDIT  - Red Trillium Gallery boasts original paintings, prints and cards plus a trove of wearable art, sculpture, jewelry, glass, baskets and pottery featured in elegant vignettes.

The cooperative is owned by six local artists: Beth Schilling and Jerilyn Walker of Gresham; Marcia Morrow of Sandy; Martin-Cohn of Fairview; Sandi Figueroa of East Portland; Colleen Chesbrough of Happy Valley; and Carol Pulvermacher of West Linn.

Board member Jerilyn Walker started thinking about beginning an artist co-op three years ago, noting she wanted the "social community that an artist's gallery promotes."

"I figured I couldn't do it alone, so I called Colleen (Chesbrough) with Mount Hood Art Online, who brought in (president) Beth Schilling," Walker said.

Schilling said, "I went to college for art, but waited until retirement to really pursue it. I talked to my painting colleagues about a gallery and teaching center, and after one year of looking we found the perfect spot."

For more information, visit Red Trillium Gallery on Facebook or call 503-674-5050.


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