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ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Phil Lingelbach stands in front of his wood-carved birds.


Estacada City Hall became an art gallery Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, when it hosted Estacada’s annual Winter Artisan Show.

The show, sponsored by the Estacada Development Association,

strives to feature a mix of both fine and folk art, said Phil Lingelbach, one of the show’s founders.

Kathleen Hickey finds happiness in the process of painting, and was among the artists who displayed their work during the show.

“It’s like therapy and joy,” she said. “I can go into a room with my art supplies and just spend the whole day working.”

She loves losing herself into a project.

“I can’t explain the joy that you get from doing something that you love like this,” she said. “There’s this spark inside of you that tells you, ‘this is what you need to be doing.'”

When creating her glass art, Nicole Burdette finds value in the beginning moments of the process.

“My favorite part is the conception of ideas,” she said. “I like the process of thinking them through.”

Lingelbach, who specializes in wood carving, finds the finished product most rewarding.

“Before I retired, I worked as a social worker,” he said. “One thing about working with people is that you sometimes never really know if you’ve been successful in helping them, in the long run.”ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Kathleen Hickey's acrylic paintings.

Lingelbach appreciates art for its concrete finished product.

“You can see what you’ve accomplished, right when you’re finished,” he said. “It’s very rewarding.”

Many artists appreciate the way the event brings Estacada’s art community together.

“When I’m here, I see old friends that I’ve taken classes with,” Burdette said. “It just feels like home.”

She enjoys spending time with her fellow artists.

“I love talking to them, and seeing what they’re working on and what their ideas are,” she said.

Hickey hopes to increase her involvement with the community.

“Estacada has a reputation of being a center for the arts,” she said. “I came here to get more involved with that.”

Lingelbach appreciates the diversity of artists at the event each year.

“There’s a lot of variety,” he said. “You see something different every year, and it’s fun to see those differences. That’s what really makes the show interesting.”

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