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The Springs at Carman Oaks will showcase residents' handmade artwork for two hours

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - Bonnie Deahl will showcase the diorama of her grandparent's kitchen during The Springs at Carman Oaks' art show Jan. 23.Bonnie Deahl's diorama just might be the most intricate piece that will be displayed at The Springs at Carman Oaks' upcoming art show.

Deahl recreated her grandparent's kitchen and store room — from small figures and furniture to silverware, canned foods, cleaning supplies, paintings and plants.

And everything fits on the small shelf of a dresser.

"It belongs to my grandmother who was my wonderful, wonderful grandma who was always so good to us and always so caring," Deahl said. "She was very important to us."

Deahl started working on the project when she was a young adult and has slowly been adding to it over the last 40 years.Her display is just one example of the roughly 40 projects that will be showcased by residents and staff members at the Lake Oswego senior living facility's fourth annual "I Made It Myself" art show Thursday, Jan. 23, from 1-3 p.m.

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - This is an example of a quilt Kate Riggsby crafted.The art show gives residents a chance to showcase their hidden artistic talents and connect with others who may share similar interests.

Lisa Oetken, life enrichment director at The Springs at Carman Oaks, said the art pieces have always been fun to peruse.

Past projects residents have displayed include blown glass, wood carvings, sculptures, fiber arts, paintings and quilts.

One project that stood out to Oetken in the past was a wedding dress a woman created to marry her husband in during the World War II era.

"I think the benefit is whether you created something or even in the moment are down here looking at the art, it's just emotionally rewarding," Oetken said. "You feel good about it. People are very complimentary of others and we get to know their hidden talents. The quilters get to know the quilters and the painters get to know the painters."

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - Kate Riggsby will display her handmade quilts.This year there will be a man who was in WWII and is over 100 years old who will display a book he authored. Other displays will include live floral arrangements, homemade toffee, harp music playing on a CD, homemade brandy and more.

Kate Riggsby is looking forward to showing off her hand-sewn quilts.

"I quilt by hand so it takes me probably a year of spare time to work on them — so this is one that I've made in the past," Riggsby said.

She enjoys textiles and her quilts tend to have a large graphic design pattern.

"It's something I've enjoyed doing and if somebody else were doing it, I'd like to see it," she said.

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - Bonnie Deahl started working on her diorama when she was a young adult. Deahl is also looking forward to showcasing her diorama with other residents.

The kitchen is a near replica of the one in her late grandparents' farm in Ohio, where she was raised with her parents and sister.

She mostly finished the diorama before her grandma passed away but she continues to collect little items that resemble the memory of her grandma's kitchen.

"It just was kind of a thing that I loved watching her do," Deahl said.

The art show is free and open to the public. COURTESY PHOTO - Artists think outside of the box for past artwork displays.


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