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Locals filling forest with natural art

Hopkins Demonstration Forest, 16750 S. Brockway Road, Oregon City, will host its first-ever Forest of Arts event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Sunday, Oct. 13.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: MONICA KOMPERDA - Stoneman art created by Tim Delano, community forestry educator at Hopkins Demonstration Forest, is made of rocks, a stick and lichen found beside the road. Other people are stacking and organizing rocks here in various ways in preparation for the Oregon City event, and beyond, as 'guerrilla art.'Sponsored by Clackamas Federal Credit Union, this free event is a collaboration with the Three Rivers Artist Guild — featuring several components, including an indoor juried art show and sale, outdoor demonstrations of forest-related art forms, installations made from natural materials, and hands-on activities for attendees of all ages.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: MONICA KOMPERDA - About 200 pieces of art painted on wood slices by Three Rivers Artist Guild members will be scattered in Hopkins Demonstration Forest for Forest of Arts participants to find. A hands-on art station also will provide participants the chance to paint their own wood slice to take home.“We are excited to be part of this arts festival and look forward to seeing the passion of local artists on display,” said Luke McMurray, credit union marketing manager. “This event brings the beauty of nature and our local communities together in a special way.”

Art for the event can take many forms, ranging from painting and sculpture to wood-turning/carving and basketry. Artists are encouraged to use logging, slash or native vegetation in some of their works. They will be instructed when and where to harvest those materials responsibly at Hopkins.

The Three Rivers Artist Guild has about 100 members in Clackamas County and scattered throughout the metro area. Guild member Lynda Orzen, an Oregon City resident, is helping with the event planning. She noted that artists are being recruited through the guild newsletter and Clackamas County Arts Alliance.

“My hope is that event attendees will grasp a better understanding of what sustainable forestry can be, and what we have in our backyard,” she said.

Founded more than two decades ago, Hopkins is a 140-acre nonprofit woodland where hundreds of schoolchildren spend a few hours or a few days each year to learn about native plants and trees, wildlife, soils and more. Tree farmers visit to examine test plots in sustainable forestry. Some of the adult visitors are from foreign nations who stop during their U.S. tours.

“This event is an opportunity for the public to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness that are encompassed right in the local community — spurring both learning and fun from nature itself,” said Mike Bondi, Hopkins board chairman.

There will be space in Forest Hall at Hopkins for a dozen artist booths to show and sell works. Additional artisans or crafters will set up in the forest’s equipment shop, while other artists and installations may be found scattered about the forest.



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