Arts & Entertainment: Art shift – Silverton Art Association broadens vision for annual festival

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Arts & Entertainment: 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 ...

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 ...