by Neal Lemery, Art Accelerated Board Member
Art in the heart of Tillamook by local artists and our caring community!
Our latest pop-up art showing on President’s Day weekend was a smashing success. Local artists displayed (and sold!!) their beautiful art work, and over a hundred visitors enjoyed the show.
We are now occupying a retail store location at 302 Main, on the corner of Tillamook’s busiest intersection, at 3rd and Main (the former antique store, and for the oldtimers – the old The Man’s Shoppe location.) With lots of window space, our art work remains on display for all to enjoy.
Our children’s after school art education program is being organized. We received a generous grant from the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition, funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, to provide an enriching experience for elementary school kids this spring and summer. Scholarships will be available, as well.
We have many hopes and dreams, and hope to continue our presence at 302 Main, make improvements, and establish classroom space for a variety of educational and cultural offerings. It would be a great space for our art education program, as well as for artists, musicians, and educators to teach classes and workshops, as well as hold a variety of events for the community.
We are developing a cooperative art gallery for this space, and hope to attract even more local artists to share their work with the public and have the gallery open during regular hours three days a week. Other special shows are in the plans, as well, making this space a vibrant center for the arts in our community.
Fund raising is a huge part of this effort, and we are asking the community to continue to support us.
We have a new website, http://artaccelerated.org , and you can make a donation through a secure portal there. Of course, you can also send us a check, Art Accelerated, 4185 Westwood Dr., Tillamook, Oregon 97141. We have obtained 503(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS, so your donations are tax deductible.
You can also make a donation with the Oregon Cultural Trust and us, and receive a generous Oregon income tax credit. We are listed on the Oregon Cultural Trust’s website, as a cooperating non-profit art organization.
We’ve applied for a gallery lighting installation grant from the Tillamook Public Utility District, and are making plans for a busy year.
We’ve joined the Tillamook area Chamber of Commerce and are an active part of the downtown business community.
Our open mic nights continue: February 25 and March 25, at YoTime Frozen Yogurt, 316 Main Avenue, Tillamook, starting at 6:30 p.m. We have musicians, poets, comedians, essayists, and other creative folks sharing their works with us. Join us for a Saturday night in downtown Tillamook filled with cultural life and delicious frozen yogurt.
Join us on this journey, and share your creativity with the community.