'Feeling the heart in the arts'
Lake Oswego community members can search for treasure this holiday season in the form of heart-shaped ornaments.
Rain Spark Gallery is presenting the city with the seventh annual Lake Oswego Community Treasure Hunt: Feeling the Heart in the Arts. There will be 60 handmade heart ornaments hidden around the community — in city parks, outside local businesses and at the Lakewood Center Rain Spark Gallery Tours — from Dec. 1-30.
"The 2020 Lake Oswego Community Treasure Hunt is especially important this year, for we all need some hope and sparkle in our lives," said Jan Rimerman, director and curator at Rain Spark Gallery. "In the midst of the pandemic, political turmoil and the loss of most of our holiday traditions, the community treasure hunt gives a sense of joy whether you find an ornament or not."
The small 3-inch by 3-inch ceramic pieces were crafted by artist Dorothy Steele and are imprinted with vintage crochet.
"Every piece is glazed with indigo blue glaze, which accents the individual texture on each piece," read a press release sent by Rain Spark Gallery. "Each collectible ornament is signed, dated and numbered."
"If the finder can include the sign of the business where it was found, that would be great," Rimerman said. "If it's the challenge that is the fun, go ahead and find as many as you can. After finding one and taking [it], please leave the others in place so other families can enjoy the ornament, too."
The heart ornaments along with ornaments from past treasure hunts — stars, peace doves, trees, snowflakes and more — are also available for purchase on Rain Spark's website.
"The Rain Spark Gallery is online this year. Our seasonal gallery hopes to be back in Lake View Village in 2021," the press release read. "The Rain Spark Gallery members are professional artists from Oregon and Washington."
Community members can reserve a space at no cost for a 30-minute masked shopping tour at the Lakewood Center for the Arts Dec. 1-23.
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