Historic preservation: Grant to aid repair of former blacksmith shop

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, News, People | Comments Off on Historic preservation: Grant to aid repair of former blacksmith shop

By James Day [caption id="attachment_10246" align="alignright" width="300"] The 1905 blacksmith shop in Mt. Angel[/caption] Efforts to repair and restore the historic blacksmith shop in Mount Angel have received a shot in the arm. Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation ...

‘Return to Beauty’ showcases new jewelry and paintings

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on ‘Return to Beauty’ showcases new jewelry and paintings

Lunaria Gallery presents a new show, “Return to Beauty, Jewels and Blooms,” by two Lunaria artists, jeweler Chelsea Goin and painter Diane Trevett.  Goin is showing her jewelry in fun summer colors. Diane Trevett is showing oil paintings of flower portraits. ...

Inked adventures: Graphic novelist Jonathan Case explores issues

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Inked adventures: Graphic novelist Jonathan Case explores issues

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10231" align="alignright" width="277"] Jonathan Case[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10230" align="alignright" width="198"] Jonathan Case is the author and artist behind books including The New Deal from Dark Horse Comics[/caption] The comic books Jonathan Case creates are not run-of-the-mill comics.  “It’s less about what ...

City of Silverton: Silverton constable added to fallen officers memorial

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Silverton constable added to fallen officers memorial

Roger Greenfield, who grew up in Silverton, is a retired Salem Police Officer and grandson of Constable Hansford Greenfield. On Oct. 28, 2019, Roger contacted Silverton Police regarding his grandfather’s line of duty death he found while researching his family ...

Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other | Comments Off on Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

By Melissa Wagoner When the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce realized this year Independence Day fell on a Sunday, they saw it as a chance to shake up the usual traditions.  “[I]t seemed like a great opportunity to add an additional event ...

Datebook: July 2021

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: July 2021

Datebook Submission Information Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. If your ongoing event was cancelled because of COVID-19 and is starting up again, please send a new listing. If you are meeting by Zoom or virtually, send those, ...

Bird box: Retirement brought out the artist in Susan Murray

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Bird box: Retirement brought out the artist in Susan Murray

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10151" align="alignright" width="300"] Artist, Susan Murray, with her bird boxes and garden art at Finds that Shine in Silverton[/caption]     Susan Murray hasn’t always been an artist. In fact, she spent the majority of her life working in higher ...

Peace’s paintings: New artwork to be installed at Silver Falls Lodge

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Peace’s paintings: New artwork to be installed at Silver Falls Lodge

[caption id="attachment_10097" align="alignright" width="300"] The artist known as Peace with his painting of the South Falls in Silver Falls Lodge[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “I’m an artist and not particularly tied down,” Peace said of the journey that inspired him to work as ...

Berry time: Strawberry Festival returns – despite pandemic – for 70th year

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Berry time: Strawberry Festival returns – despite pandemic – for 70th year

By Melissa Wagoner Strawberries have grown wild in Oregon for millennia and were picked in abundance by Indigenous peoples. But even cultivated strawberries have a long history, having been carefully transported, via the Oregon Trail, by Quaker nurseryman Henderson Luelling in 1846. “Silverton ...

Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Outdoor Life, People, Travel | Comments Off on Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

By Melissa Wagoner The Pacific Northwest is a land of movers and shakers – when it comes to geology that is. “The PNW is known as an active margin,” geologist Leslie Moclock described. “That means it’s a place where different tectonic plates ...

The Harmony Project: Matching instruments, mentors, to students

June 2021 Posted in Community, Music, People | Comments Off on The Harmony Project: Matching instruments, mentors, to students

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10014" align="alignright" width="261"] Cecelia Petrik tutoring a fifth grader on the clarinet[/caption] When Frank Petrik was a child, he found an old saxophone in his grandfather’s closet. That moment set him on the path to college, a full-ride scholarship, and ...

Art shift: Silverton Art Association broadens vision for annual festival

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Art shift: Silverton Art Association broadens vision for annual festival

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9955" align="alignright" width="300"] Known for many creative activities for all ages, the Silverton Fine Arts Festival - last held in 2019- has been rechristened Silverton Arts Festival[/caption] The mission of the Silverton Arts Association has long been to ...

Looking Back: If these stones could talk – Discovering a local Civil War veteran

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Looking Back: If these stones could talk – Discovering a local Civil War veteran

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_9919" align="alignright" width="225"] Theobald Kirsch[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9918" align="alignright" width="212"] Theobald & Theresa (Von Hatten) Kirsch[/caption] Jim Kosel was going through memorabilia at Mount Angel American Legion Post #89 when he came across four documents related to Civil War veteran Theobald Kirsch. These ...

Lunaria reveals ‘Neo Geo’ in May

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Briefs, Community | Comments Off on Lunaria reveals ‘Neo Geo’ in May

Lunaria Gallery presents Neo Geo, a show by Lunaria painter Jane Castelan Buccola and jeweler Dawn Hemstreet.  Buccola’s painting involves exploration, personal expression, play, experimentation with color as well as texture.  She likes to bring mystery and an abiguousness to her ...

Making music: Soundstream studio produces album by Silverton teen

January 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Making music: Soundstream studio produces album by Silverton teen

[caption id="attachment_9773" align="alignright" width="202"] Matt-Alex Raney – photo by Corey Christensen[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner On Jan. 1, 2021 Matt-Alex Raney released his first album, If We’re Being Honest – 13 tracks inspired by classic country and written by Raney himself. “I’ve never been ...

Gift in creativity: Artisans offer unique gift options, easy way to support local small businesses

November 2020 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Gift in creativity: Artisans offer unique gift options, easy way to support local small businesses

[caption id="attachment_9748" align="alignright" width="300"] Employee Kaitlyn Maley at Apples to Oranges, Silverton's yarn shop. Photo by Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Artists are really struggling with the restrictions due to COVID-19,” photographer Vivienne Frankel said. “Art shows and fairs have closed; ...

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 ...