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Carnegie art show celebrates 'next 100 years'

Oregon City’s Carnegie Library is celebrating the second-annual Art Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21. After the first art show was created to celebrate the Carnegie Library’s 100-year anniversary, this 2014 event celebrates the beginning of its next 100 years and expansion.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: LYNDA ORZEN - After the first Carnegie Art show was created to celebrate the library's 100-year anniversary, this year's event introduces a much wider range of artists from surrounding communities.Library Director Maureen Cole also is celebrating the passing of the $6 million bond measure May 20 to expand the Carnegie building. The 15,000-square-foot expansion and renovation promises library patrons state-of-the-art public services.

“Thank you, Oregon City voters,” Cole said. “The library is really excited, especially knowing that the bond measure passed. We are looking forward to having the art fair on the grounds. I’m hoping it becomes an annual event, a tradition for Oregon City. In honor of the library's anniversary, if you pay your fines between June 21 and 28, we will match the amount you pay. That's what I call a win-win!”

With this year’s event introducing a collaboration between the Three Rivers Artist Guild and the Friends of the Oregon City Library, the partnership has enabled a much wider range of artists from surrounding communities. In 2013, the show hosted 12 local artists, the 2014 event will host 30 artists thanks to the guild’s president, Linda Merry Gross, who sent out a call to artists by networking with other arts groups.

The art in this show will include everything from painting, photography, beaded jewelry, fused glass, paper products, carved and turned wood, soft sculpture, fine silverwork, candles and pottery. The Friends of the Library bookstore will sell gardening books, cookbooks, home-design manuals, and arts and crafts books.

“We have been setting aside some of our nicer books for this sale,” said Lynda Orzen, library friends president. “If you can’t find what you are looking for, take a two-block walk over to Center and Seventh Street to our bookstore.”

While the parents are browsing the show, there also will be activities for the kids. The spray park will be open, and the playground is always available. There will be hands-on art projects all day for junior artists. Andrea Anglin of Soham Yoga in Oregon City will switch from face-painting to offer yoga lessons throughout the day.

The library will have a booth with information about the expansion and future plans. Information about the Midtown businesses also will be available to encourage you to have lunch at one of the six nearby restaurants.