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40 artists spent a week working together on collaborations as part of the annual Frogwood Workshop. The art will now be auctioned Aug. 18

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The annual Frogwood Auction will be held Aug. 18 at White Stag Building Atrium, 70 NW Couch St. in Portland.

The silent auction runs from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the live auction from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wine and appetizers will be served.

The auctions feature inspired collaborative art pieces created by local, national and international artists, made at the annual Frogwood Artists' Collaborative event, to be held in mid-August at Camp Colton in Colton, Oregon.

The concept of Frogwood is simple. Pull together a group of artists in an environment that gives them freedom to think outside their boxes and something interesting is bound to happen.

Make the venue a summer camp setting, complete with two creeks, groves of trees, a pond, a first class dining facility, topped by a fully-equipped shop and workspaces. The possibilities are endless.

Frogwood is a five-day artists' collaborative. Forty artists from all around the world, representing a wide variety of media, gather for six nights and five days of flat-out creativity.

The event kicks off with artists sharing ideas about explorations they would like to make in various media while finding others with whom to make creative connections.

In any given year, these connections space hammered metals, iron work, lapidary, textiles, jewelry, fused glass and bronze casting, wood carving, turnery and joinery.

On the last afternoon the finished pieces are presented before the assembled attendees for the annual Frogwood Auction. Proceeds are used to fund educational opportunity grants for artists and future Frogwood gatherings.

Many of the artists return year after year, leaving with new friends, new skills and elevated creative energy.

"I keep coming back to this one because really good things happen for everyone here," says artist Graeme Priddle.

Admission to the auction is free; all are welcome to attend.

Frogwood is a public charity dedicated to arts training, education and collaborative interaction. Learn more online at frogwoodcollab.com.


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