Virus victim: Silverton Arts Association reaches out to community for help

July 2020 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Virus victim: Silverton Arts Association reaches out to community for help

By Steve Ritchie The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over 110,000 American lives, ravaged the US economy and plunged budgets of governmental entities into the deep red, all in just over three months. It turns out that nonprofit organizations are not immune to ...

Saving Silverton’s murals: Society urgently needs members

March 2020 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, News | Comments Off on Saving Silverton’s murals: Society urgently needs members

By Brenna Wiegand Silverton Mural Society is in desperate need of volunteers to help maintain its collection of historical, hand-painted murals that have become part of the charm of Silverton and a legitimate tourist attraction. Silverton Mural Society finds itself without a ...

Handshakes, blockbusters and popcorn: Hollywood agent reflects on career aimed at bringing uplifting stories to the screen

December 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Handshakes, blockbusters and popcorn: Hollywood agent reflects on career aimed at bringing uplifting stories to the screen

[caption id="attachment_9605" align="alignright" width="274"] Frank Wuliger with the writer/director of Harriet Kasi Lemmons; Deborah Martin Chase, producer; and Daniela Taplan Lundberg, producer in Washington D.C. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Dixon Bledsoe In many ways, Frank Wuliger’s career as a Hollywood agent is like ...

Iconic couture: Former designer fashions a charming life in Silverton

November 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Iconic couture: Former designer fashions a charming life in Silverton

[caption id="attachment_9544" align="alignright" width="225"] Artist June Hiatt of Silverton with some of her new creations. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings With her distinctive British accent, June Hiatt, 84, speaks passionately of her past career as a fashion designer. Having lived in London, ...

Checking in…From our European bureau

November 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Checking in…From our European bureau

As time goes on, The Man is constantly reminded that “none of us are getting any younger” and hence, the “Bucket List” comes into play. Ever since high school the Man-ette has whimsically talked of going to France so I ...

The right note: Silvertones choir director brings national experiences home

October 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on The right note: Silvertones choir director brings national experiences home

[caption id="attachment_9456" align="alignright" width="300"] Debra Huddleston (center) with co,e of the Silvertones during a recent rehearsal. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings She has performed at the White House, attended college in Austria, and held positions as an adjunct faculty member at Linfield ...

Moral fiction: Silverton author explores her own worlds of wonder

September 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Moral fiction: Silverton author explores her own worlds of wonder

[caption id="attachment_9429" align="alignleft" width="185"] Lisa Lowell[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Silverton is known for its majestic waterfalls and extensive artistic community. Among those artists is author Lisa Lowell. She was raised in a large family of creative, imaginative types. Her maternal grandmother wrote ...

‘Long Time Gone’: Memories of Woodstock

September 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on ‘Long Time Gone’: Memories of Woodstock

[caption id="attachment_9395" align="alignright" width="300"] Poppy Shell[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The nation recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and a Silverton resident with strong ties to that festival – who also appeared in the classic film of the concert – is now ...

Tactile feelings: Silverton Fine Arts Festival poster artist strives to put kids in touch with art

August 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Tactile feelings: Silverton Fine Arts Festival poster artist strives to put kids in touch with art

[caption id="attachment_9364" align="alignleft" width="294"] Laura Koppes with her poster for the 2019 Silverton Fine Arts Festival, “Blue Basin.” Submitted Photo[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The painting chosen to represent this year’s Silverton Fine Arts Festival was the result of an earth-shaking experience. Artist Laura ...

Briefs July 2019

July 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Briefs July 2019

Silverton Eagle Scout leads Rose Festival Color Guard The Cascade Pacific Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America were asked to lead the color guard of the Portland Rose Festival Parade last month. About 200 scouts and adult leaders from around ...

‘Teach-In’: Silverton minister holds peaceful rally to demonstrate public process

July 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on ‘Teach-In’: Silverton minister holds peaceful rally to demonstrate public process

[caption id="attachment_9282" align="alignright" width="199"] Reverand Michael Carlson[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Reverend Michael Carlson is not a politician, nor is he particularly politically-minded. What he is, is a citizen concerned about the welfare of his country and the citizens who reside in it. “Personally, ...

Out of tune: Silver Falls School District at odds with Silverton Friends of Music

June 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People, School | Comments Off on Out of tune: Silver Falls School District at odds with Silverton Friends of Music

By Brenna Wiegand Silverton Friends of Music presented a 41-page status report “Music in Silver Falls School District” to the Silver Falls School District Board at its May 13 meeting. The nonprofit, formed three years ago to promote music instruction in area ...

Restoration: SHS Environmental Club plans to rehabilitate Silver Creek

April 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Restoration: SHS Environmental Club plans to rehabilitate Silver Creek

By Melissa Wagoner “People think of pollution like a diaper floating in the creek,” Alison Stolfus, a teacher in the Science Department at Silverton High School, laughed. “But it’s sediment and heat and level of flow. Silver Creek needs help now.” Originally ...

She Shines 2.0: Conference for women, girls expands for second year

March 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business | Comments Off on She Shines 2.0: Conference for women, girls expands for second year

By Melissa Wagoner The annual She Shines Empowerment and Wellness Event has an inter-generational component this year. Now a two-day conference, the second day of the non-denominational event is entirely dedicated to young girls aged 10 to 16. “These girls are ...

Elizabethan tale: New play covers legendary queen’s final days

March 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Elizabethan tale: New play covers legendary queen’s final days

[caption id="attachment_9061" align="alignright" width="225"] Elizabeth Keyser will play Queen Elizabeth I. Submitted Photo[/caption] By James Day Silverton playwright, poet and musician Christopher Wicks will explore the final days of Queen Elizabeth I in Death Comes for Her Majesty, a new one-act play ...

Vintage industrial spark: Artist handcrafts objects of wonder

December 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Vintage industrial spark: Artist handcrafts objects of wonder

By Nancy Jennings With 16 of his edgy art pieces being displayed in September at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton artist Joshua Kinsey knows how to make an impression. After all, he has sold his creations worldwide. Classifying his art’s aesthetic as “vintage ...

Rooted in creativity: Bringing back spirit of Silverton’s Old Oak

November 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Rooted in creativity: Bringing back spirit of Silverton’s Old Oak

By Melissa Wagoner The Old Oak tree – once a gathering place for Native Americans and a landmark for early settlers of Silverton – is being given a spiritual rebirth by the new Talking Oak Studios, an art space and gallery ...

Rooted in creativity: Bringing back spirit of Silverton’s Old Oak

November 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Rooted in creativity: Bringing back spirit of Silverton’s Old Oak

[caption id="attachment_8778" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carole DeMar in front of the Old Oak mural at Talking Oak Studios. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The Old Oak tree – once a gathering place for Native Americans and a landmark for early settlers of Silverton ...

Pioneer trees: GeerCrest orchard receives heritage status

October 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Garden | Comments Off on Pioneer trees: GeerCrest orchard receives heritage status

[caption id="attachment_8708" align="alignright" width="229"] Jim Toler, fifth-generation family owner of GeerCrest Farm, in the farm’s fruit orchard dating back to the 1850s. The grove was recently given Heritage Tree designation by the Oregon Travel Information Council. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand A ...

Religion’s role: Author explores women’s history

September 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Religion’s role: Author explores women’s history

[caption id="attachment_8636" align="alignright" width="197"] Silverton-based author Karen Garst. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Karen Garst didn’t intend to become a writer. A woman with a diverse academic background – including a Doctorate in Philosophy, a Master’s Degree in French Literature and time ...

Festhalle mural to be dedicated Aug. 28

August 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Festhalle mural to be dedicated Aug. 28

Mount Angel Community Foundation invites the public to the unveiling of a new mural to grace the front of Mount Angel Festhalle Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. The mural is the crowning glory to Festhalle’s exterior. It was made possible ...

Recycled ruminants: Couple installs public art

August 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Recycled ruminants: Couple installs public art

[caption id="attachment_8589" align="alignleft" width="225"] Cathy and Jim Prince next to C Street’s elk. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings You may have noticed the over 10-foot-tall, 450-pound majestic elk looming large on C Street – and the deer family (buck, doe and fawn) ...

Festival season: Coolidge McClaine Park plays host to two community favorites

August 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Festival season: Coolidge McClaine Park plays host to two community favorites

The sun is out, the days are warm and it is the time of year when friends and neighbors look for opportunities to be together and share some fun. August features two of Silverton’s favorite festivals, one a celebration of ...

Wochenmarkt: Mount Angel farmer’s market connects community

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Wochenmarkt: Mount Angel farmer’s market connects community

[caption id="attachment_8530" align="alignright" width="300"] Wayne Huisman working the Esotica Pasta booth at the Mount Angel Wochenmarkt (2)[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Alexandra Samoilov’s family business is – quite literally – the berries. South Barlow Berries grows an enormous variety in their fields off ...

Changing tides: Artist’s exhibition draws from environmental dilemmas

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Changing tides: Artist’s exhibition draws from environmental dilemmas

By Steve Ritchie Visual artist Mimi Cernyar Fox has spent countless hours wandering the beaches and mudflats near her home in Raymond, Washington, investigating her natural surroundings and seeking inspiration. On one of her explorations she began to look closely at ...