An artful approach: Robin Humelbaugh donates painting to help others

November, 2015 Posted in Other
"Opal Wilderness" by Robin Humelbaugh

“Opal Wilderness” by Robin Humelbaugh

By Mary Owen

Stayton artist Robin Humelbaugh loves to use her skills to help others.

“It makes me feel wonderful that I can use a skill to both delight the viewers of my work enough to sell and to hang in their homes, and that a painting can raise a significant amount of money to help so many people,” said Humelbaugh, who has donated a painting to be raffled off to benefit the Canyon Crisis Center.

The painting, “Opal Wilderness,” will be displayed at Yarnell’s Nursery, located in the Red Barn in Stayton, starting Nov. 15. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the nursery’s open house. Humelbaugh also plans to donate 10 percent of the profit from items she sells at the event, which runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

“It is important to me that the effort is helping locally,” said Humelbaugh, who taught ballet for more than 15 years before transferring her “art sense” to visual arts.

Humelbaugh has taught watercolor in Salem and Stayton since the early ‘90s, and will resume teaching classes at Calvary Lutheran Church in the spring. Her paintings are on view at the White Oak Gallery in Silverton, where she recently had a joint showing with poet Eleanor Berry.

“Opal Wilderness” reflects Humelbaugh’s joy in the beauty of the Opal Creek Wilderness, an area she only visited once, but left her with such a strong impression of its “clear, clean water and the surrounding textures.” The watercolor, varnished and mounted on a panel with a floater frame that brings the dimensions to 20-inches by 24-inches, would be sold in a gallery for $400, Humelbaugh said.

“Our church, Calvary Lutheran, is involved in the Canyon Crisis Center as part of its outreach in the community,” she said of her reason for the donation.

Robin Humelbaugh

Robin Humelbaugh

“I was profoundly moved by the stories of needy people that are helped by this center, and thought that perhaps people would like my paintings well enough to take a chance and buy some raffle tickets.”

Last year’s drawing raised more than $1,000 for the center, she said.

“This started last year while I was teaching some classes at Yarnell’s Red Barn,” Humelbaugh said. “Several other artists and crafters were invited, and this year, there will be some of the same and some new. Judy Yarnell has been very involved with repurposed furniture and decorative signs.”

Tickets for the drawing are $5 each and are available at Yarnell’s Growers Outlet and at Calvary Lutheran Church and from Humelbaugh beginning Nov. 15.

For information, call Humelbaugh at 503-769-3172 or Calvary Lutheran at 503-769-6144.

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