Expect the unexpected in '(Not the Usual) Sights of Oregon City'
Ingrid Aubry so loves her adopted hometown of Oregon City that she has been using her graphic design and photography skills to create Oregon City calendars for the last 15 years.
Last year's calendar, devoted to "Historic Women of Oregon City," was not only successful, but also allowed Aubry to get "totally immersed in the research and stories these amazing women had to tell."
In addition, that turned out to be "the beginning of my breakthrough in trying some new directions in my calendars," Aubry said.
Her calendar for 2023 is "(Not the Usual) Sights of Oregon City," and it came about partly to amuse herself, she said.
"Where the original idea came from is that I also have a line of Oregon City greeting cards, and about 10 years ago, I was standing in front of the elevator and for some reason, imagined King Kong climbing it," Aubry said.
She created a greeting card from that image and people found it funny.
"For years I have had in the back of my mind that I'd like to expound on that theme, and this seemed the time to do it, so that's where the theme for this year's calendar came from," she said.
Characters, local attractions
The photos Aubry chose for the backdrops are somewhat seasonal, but, she noted, she chose them more for the images that leaped to mind when she thought about certain local places.
"Each page features an iconic character from literature or the movies appearing in one of our local attractions," Aubry said.
The cover features the King Kong image, and other pages have Tarzan swinging through the trees in Clackamette Park, Dr. John McLoughlin and his wife driving the wagons at the End of the Oregon Trail, Shirley Temple and Bojangles dancing down the Grand Staircase, the Living Dead walking through Mountain View Cemetery and the Loch Ness Monster among the fishing boats by Willamette Falls.
"I realize many of these images definitely date me, since they are mostly from my childhood. Some of them may not be as recognizable to the younger audience, but hopefully, they will still find some humor in them," Aubry said.
She said she has started distributing the calendar recently and has received good feedback so far. It can currently be found at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Gift Shop and at the Friends of the Library Bookstore on Seventh Street in Oregon City.
"I will be selling them at the Three Rivers Artist Guild Holiday Show at the Pioneer Center on Dec. 3 and 4; the perfect Christmas gift for Oregon City people who will, hopefully, find it entertaining," Aubry said. The calendar is $15.
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