Spirit of Christmas: Cookie and Gingerbread Contests

  • When: Saturday, December 14th, 10:00-4:30
  • Where: The Vernonia Grange, 425 North Street

Join Hands on Art at the Vernonia Grange for free kid’s crafts, a hot beverage, and our annual cookie and gingerbread house competitions. Is your grandmother’s cookie recipe the best ever? Do you have the ultimate gingerbread house design? Think about competing for loads of fun and a cash prize.

Cookie Baking Contest rules

There are two divisions and a top prize will be awarded in each division. The divisions are Junior (12 and under) and Regular (13 and over).

There is no cost to enter either division. First place prizes will be $20.

All entrants must deliver their cookies to the Vernonia Grange on December 14thth between 10 am and 2 pm.

Please provide a small plate of 6 cookies for judging and another 18 cookies for sharing with the public, the full recipe (for the judges only) and a label identifying the name of the cookies.

Judges will commence their work at 3:30 pm, and results will be announced by 4:00 pm. You do not need to be present to win.

Gingerbread House Contest rules

One prize will be awarded in the Gingerbread House Contest – A People’s Choice Award of $20. Multiple people can contribute to an entry. There is no cost to enter.

All entrants must deliver their entry on a baker’s half sheet (13”x18”) or smaller equivalent surface. Delivery may be made to the Vernonia Grange between 10 am and noon on December 14th.

Primary structural material must be gingerbread, and although inedible components are allowed if necessary, it must be self-evident that they are inedible (plastic truck okay, hot glue not okay).

Judging opens at 10:00 am and is by people’s choice. It is advised that you make delivery of the gingerbread house before judging starts.

You may include a notecard with your entry that gives more information about your entry, such as the source of your inspiration, how long it took to construct, who helped, and how long it will take to eat.

Votes will be tallied at 3:30 pm and announced at 4:00 pm. You do not need to be present to win.

These contests are sponsored by The Vernonia Hands on Art Center, a tiny 501c3 working to promote the arts and cultural heritage of Vernonia. Donations are gratefully accepted and you will receive a receipt that may be used for tax purposes.

Voices from the Mill Pond Update

Cover Contest Winner: Kari Anne Budge
Cover Contest Winner Kari Anne Budge

Contents have been finalized!

After much deliberation, decisions have been made and notifications sent to all poets, storytellers, photographers, and artists whose work has been chosen for our Vernonia book, Voices from the Mill Pond.

Vernonia’s Voice and Hands on Art would like to express our deep-felt gratitude, once again, for the hundreds of submissions, and though we couldn’t include them all, we were able to fill the pages with the beautiful work from a broad range of Vernonia residents, past and present.

We are about to be officially published! In short order, Voices from the Mill Pond will be available via Amazon to readers around the world.

Cover Contest Winner and Finalists

We are also delighted to announce the Finalists and Winner of the Cover Contest.

Beginning in February, photographers heeded our call. Over a hundred fabulous images poured in, and when the submission period ended, it was time to choose a cover.

Important elements were the pond, of course, but also composition. Orientation and size mattered. Would the title and subtitle be clear against the image’s colors? Was the visual activity in the photo subdued enough to complement the text? And was it an absolutely gorgeous photo in its own right?

Cover mockups of the top three photos were produced and a winner selected.

We’re delighted to present the cover of Voices from the Mill Pond. Kari Anne Budge sent in the exquisite photo above that met every measure. It was the perfect choice for the book.

We would also like to acknowledge two photographers whose submissions came in a close second. Thank you to Cassandra Armstrong and Debby White for these stunning images.

Let’s Celebrate

Our 190-page paperback book of photos, writings, and artwork from Vernonia residents will be available on Amazon as well as locally. Books available locally will be sold at a discount, starting on December 5th. Right on time for the holidays.

There is a celebration scheduled at the Vernonia Library on Thursday, December 5th, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

This event is open to the entire community. Stop by to meet the authors, photographers, and artists, to celebrate the completion of this creative project, and to pick up a copy or two of Voices from the Mill Pond.

Voices from the Mill Pond: Submission Guidelines

Voices from the Mill Pond – Submission Details

Thank you for your interest in participating in this project! Our goal is to publish and celebrate the talents of Vernonia’s storytellers, poets, photographers, and artists.

A full-color paperback book will be published through Amazon by Vernonia’s Voice. The book will also be available locally.  The project is sponsored by Vernonia’s Voice and Vernonia’s Hands on Art organization.

Please read through these Submission Details. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Diana Peach at dwallacepeach@gmail.com. Our goal is to encourage submissions, and we’re happy to help get you there.

General Information:

Submission Deadline (firm): October 1, 2019.

Publication Date: December 1, 2019, just on time for Christmas!

Open to All Ages!

All submissions must be family-friendly.

All submissions must be ORIGINAL works by the author/photographer/artist.

Authors/photographers/artists may make multiple submissions.

There will be no payments made to authors/photographers/artists for inclusion of their work. The project is entirely for the fun of sharing the community’s talents. Any royalties for the sale of books will be used to cover administrative fees, taxes, advertising, and promotion.

Authors/photographers/artists will retain all rights to their work to use however they wish, without limitations.

By submitting, you are giving permission for Vernonia’s Voice to publish your work in Voices of the Mill Pond (2019, Vol. 1).

Submissions should be made via email to dwallacepeach@gmail.com. Please include:

  • Your name (as you wish it to appear in the book)
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Age (if under 18)

Under Age 18?
Parents will be contacted in order to give permission for their young person’s work to be published.

Keep a copy of your work!

Curation

The decisions as to what is included will be made by an editorial board consisting of Hands on Art and community members.

Names will be removed from all submissions by D. Peach prior to presentation to the board.

Inclusion in the book is not guaranteed, though our goal is to include as many submissions as possible. Some factors include:

  • the number of submissions
  • the appropriateness of the work
  • preference for Vernonia-related themes
  • preference for a good mix of ages
  • preference for a good blend of the types of submissions (stories, poems, other writings, photos, and artwork).
  • adherence to these guidelines

All authors/photographers/artists will be notified when final decisions are made.

Written Submissions

Open to short stories, flash fiction (very short stories), poems, reflections, musings, mood pieces, historical pieces.

No minimum word-count.  Maximum word-count: 1500 words.

Please include a title for your written piece. Untitled written works will be titled “Untitled.”

We are happy to collaborate with Vernonia’s schools and home schoolers. Contact Diana Peach.

Vernonia-related themes are preferred but not mandatory. And this can be interpreted broadly! Mill pond, nature, horses, animals, logging, bicycling, community, fishing, hiking, school, family, growing up, growing old, play, love, alien invasion of Bridge Street, the logging truck that saved Christmas! Imaginations welcome!

The editorial board reserves the right to make spelling, typo, and grammatical corrections. No other changes will be made without the author’s approval.

To submit: copy the written work into the body of an email and send to dwallacepeach@gmail.com. This will enable the copying of the material into a formatting program quickly and without error. Please contact Diana Peach if other arrangements are needed.

Photographs and Photographs of Artwork

Vernonia-related themes are preferred. And this can be interpreted broadly! Nature, horses, animals, logging, bicycling, community, fishing, hiking, school, family, growing up, growing old, play, love.

“Mill Pond” images are particularly welcome.

Optional: You may include a title and/or caption to accompany your photograph.

Images of actual people must include written permission to publish by the person or a parent/guardian if the person in under 18.

Color or black and white images are acceptable.

Final book size (for planning images) will be 7”w x 10”h.

Accepted horizontal images will be scaled to fit within printing margins.

Images must be 330 dpi minimum to meet publishing standards.

To submit: send images (and captions) as an email attachment to dwallacepeach@gmail.com.

Cover contest!

One of the submitted “Mill Pond” images (photography or artwork) will be selected for the cover.

The cover photographer/artist will be credited inside the book.

Final book size (for planning images) will be 7”w x 10”h.

Images must be 330 dpi minimum to meet publishing standards.

To submit: send images as an email attachment to dwallacepeach@gmail.com.

Post Publication

An author and community celebratory book release event.

Physical books will be available for purchase in Vernonia as well as through Amazon.

Post publication survey of participants so that we can improve for next year.

2016 Junior Salmon Auction

Mark your calendars! On May 26st the Vernonia Hands On Art Center, the local non-profit arts and heritage support group, presents the eighth annual Jr. Salmon Auction.

salmon art
salmon art

A fundraiser for the Vernonia Schools arts program, the auction features the amazing salmon creations of Vernonia art students. The students are supplied with blank pressboard salmon on which to craft their own unique visions. In addition to salmon, students have worked their magic on small furniture items that will also be included in the auction.

Beginning at 7:00PM in the VHS Commons, the salmon will be auctioned off with a minimum starting bid of $10.00. Proceeds from the auction support Vernonia School Arts, Scholarships, and Hands On Art programs. Over $10,000 has been donated to the arts programs to date!

The doors open at 6:30. Enjoy live music performed by students under the direction of Matthew Urban, visit the Band Boosters for a bite to eat, and chat with Vernonia’s talented young artists while you browse their creations. Be sure to sign up at the bidder’s table and be ready to go at 7:00!

Watch for previews of artwork and reminders on Facebook. For more information, contact Diana Peach at peachlee123@gmail.com or check the webpage at www.vernoniahandsonart.org.

The Good Ol’ Days – March 1914

diaryFrom Virgil Powell’s Diary

by Tobie Finzel

Virgil Powell was a long-time resident who had a farm somewhere in the Upper Nehalem Valley between Natal and Pittsburg.  Each year from 1906 until 1955, he kept a diary with a brief entry almost every day of his activities.  He noted what he did on the farm that day, what the weather was, if he worked in the woods or delivering mail, and what entertainments he attended. In the 1960s, then-curator John Stofiel transcribed the diaries to typewritten pages; both the original diaries and the transcriptions are kept the museum.

Here’s what Virgil wrote during the changeable weather of March 1914, his original spelling intact:

Saturday, Feb. 15:  Carried the mail to Mist.  Got to Mist at 11 A.M.  Grange day at Natal.  Pretty fair day but rained after I got home.  Had a fine time down at the store talking basket social for next Saturday night.

Saturday, Feb. 22.  Carried the mail down to Mist.  Got to Mist at 10 A.M.  Left Mist at 1 P.M.  Got home at 2.25.  Stayed home till 3.10 then started for the doings at Vernonia at 4.45.  From Mist to Vernonia 3 hours.  Had a deuce of a time.  Did not start home till 7 A.M.  Good fine day.

Tuesday, Feb. 25.  Sawed wood all day.  Shot at some salmon in the afternoon but did not kill any.  Cloudy and looks very much like rain.  Received a postal from Florence Williams.

Monday, March 16: Plowed a piece down by the river for potatoes and finished 4:30. Some peddilars here over night. Bright and fine all day.

Tuesday, March 17: Plowed the piece back of orchard by the river. Dave & Booth were here for dinner. Awful warm all day. Inez & I went over to Elliott place and got some cattle out in evening.

Wednesday, March 18: Went over to Elliott place and plowed all day for Bill Brown. Awful hot all day.

Saturday, March 21: Plowed over on the Elliott place all day. Very good all day. Ed. Webster & Kelly were here for dinner.

Wednesday, March 24: Built some fence over across the river. Snowed and rained all day and was a terrible bad day. Went over to Elliott place in afternoon and got Chief.

Friday, March 27: Took a sow up to the boar at Tuckers. Started up at 8 and got home 12:45 P.M. Snowed and stormed terrible all day.

 

Depression-era Reminiscences from Bob New, VHS 1947

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, jobs were almost nonexistent. The Oregon-American mill didn’t reopen until 1936, and Bob remembers that men would show up at the gate of the re-opened Oregon-American Lumber Company and stand around each morning, hoping they might be hired for a job, any job. There was a man in Vernonia who walked each day from the top of Corey Hill to the mill for many weeks, bringing his lunch in case someone didn’t show up for work and he could get a day’s wages. He eventually did get a coveted permanent job in 1938.

A 1934 Vernonia Eagle article listed the forty young men from the Vernonia area who were stationed at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp near Mist. There were many Depression-era programs established to help address the widespread unemployment; the CCC was designed to put young men to work on public projects including forest fire suppression. They received lodging, meals and a paycheck – most of which had to be sent home to help their families – in exchange for their work. The article noted that these local men were lucky to be stationed so near their homes as this was not often the case.

Heirloom quality woodworking

A quiet garage at the end of Adams Ave is the point of creation 130213_Studio_Shoot_Boxes_0005-Editfor some incredible wooden furniture120909_Sean's Tables_0050 and useful objects. First noticed in 2012 by the Oregonian while at the Scappoose Farmers Market, Cascade Architectural Woodworking has been steadily building a solid reputation for high quality craftsmanship.

CAWW is a true family business. Sean MacComb and his father Alan have been working together for over ten years now, most of that time with Sean’s brother Doug. They specialize in cabinet work, but have discovered that they also want to put their work into as many hands as possible.

This means cutting boards, cribbage boards, coffee 110320_Sean's tables - reload_0155-2-Edittables and much more are what occupy idle hands between cabinet jobs. Without a retail 120909_Sean's Tables_0080-Editfront, CAWW has mostly been discovered by word of mouth, although they currently have a regular presence at the Vernonia Open Air Market. Alan can be reached at alanmaccomb@frontier.com and Sean can be reached at 503-369-7317, or simply stop by market on Adams Ave on Saturdays 10-2pm.130822_Cribbage Boards_0002

Airbrush Art by Erika Paleck

 

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I grew up in an artistic family.  When I was a teenager, I was waiting at the DMV office where there was a beautiful airbrushed wall mural of cars from ‘30’s and 40’s in a beach scene.  I was immediately enchanted, not only by the hyper-realism of the chromed bumpers and shiny paint colors, but by the subtleties of the seabirds and colors in the sky, clouds, and sand.

unnamed (1)I didn’t learn to airbrush until I was over fifty, and my work tends to the dreamlike—almost something half-remembered after awakening.  I’m creating scenes with liquid music, using symbols and scenes that resonate in ways for which I have no words.  I know that a piece is completed the same way that I know I will love a song after first hearing it; there is a knowing, but not from the mind.

IMG_1020I’ve heard stories from people who wear my shirts about how they become their favorite shirts.  The beauty of airbrushing on clothing is that it will outlast your shirt while getting softer.  You can cut it out and frame it later if you want.  It’s art you wear over your heart.

IMG_0793Currently my work is available at the Vernonia Open Air Market during about half the Saturday events through Salmon Festival the first weekend of October.  Otherwise contact me at: epaleck@gmail.com  or 503-704-5970.

More examples of airbrush art:

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Acrylic Paintings by Randal Harvey

Red Dog 003Vernonia artist Randal Harvey worked a number of jobs over her lifetime. It wasn’t until her husband and she moved to the East Bay from San Francisco to help take care of aging parents that she had the time to get back to what she have always loved – Art.

“I have always loved arts and crafts.  I love color and the interplay of colors. I was first drawn to stained glass because of the vivid colors. After a few years I decided to begin painting; it seemed a natural progression.”

She started with watercolors under a delightful teacher, Pat Strout. She also took classes in California Impressionist Painting with George Holmes and completed a short stint with Mark Jezierny, who showed her the effects of Light and Shadow, and Perspective and Grids. Then she met two incredible artists (and teachers) to whom she says she owes so much: Gary Bergren and Margaret Bromstrom.

“Gary hammered into my head the elements that make a good painting:  The A, B, C’s and all the rules and reg’s of how to paint.  His portrait class, ‘Creating an Illusion,’ changed how I paint.  He taught me how to listen to a critique without my ego getting in the way.  He said to me once that you have to know the rules before you can break them successfully.  He was right of course.  He was and still is a wonderful and giving teacher, and just a plain fantastic person.

Red Dog 002“Margaret Bromstrom taught me to be free and brave with my painting, and offered the gift of time to do so.  I spent over two years with Margaret and a little over one year with Gary.”

Randal started with watercolor, still likes the medium and does it occasionally.  She tried oil, but discovered she was allergic to it!  So, she now paints in acrylic.  “With all the moisture in the air, the Pacific Northwest is a great place to paint with acrylic. I can keep my sponge palette workable for up to a month and, on occasion, longer.  Really!”

She describes her style, if forced to put a name to it, as somewhere between Realism and Surrealism.  “I’ve tried impressionism, but my style and colors seem to end up more realistic and dark.  I’m still evolving. Who knows what the future holds.”

Red Dog 001Her work covers a range of subjects including animal portraits and a “Vernonia Series.” The series includes: “Dogwood Blossoms on Texas Avenue, Vernonia, Oregon,” “Treasures from Julie’s Garden: ‘Beets and Squash’, Vernonia, Oregon” and “Christmas Pomegranate from Sentry Market, Vernonia, Oregon”.  She currently has nine in the series, with more in planning stages.  How many will be in the “Vernonia Series? She has no idea.

Randal loves and is influenced by many artists: “Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Vermeer–I love the darkness vs. light of their portraits. John Singer Sargent, whose brush work just blows me away – so loose up close, but stand back and it’s magic how he makes it come together.  Salvador Dali because his body of work just sings. Anything from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Rossetti being one of my favs, and John William Waterhouse, who some say isn’t a Pre-Raphaelite, but I say he is, so there.  And I can’t leave out Henri Rousseau, another of my favorites.”

Before closing this, Randal added, “I love seeing the work of the young artists in town and want to see more, please.”

The Good Ol’ Days – February 1908

diaryFrom Virgil Powell’s Diary

by Tobie Finzel

Virgil Powell was a long-time resident who had a farm somewhere in the Upper Nehalem Valley between Natal and Pittsburg.  Each year from 1906 until 1955, he kept a diary with a brief entry almost every day of his activities.  He noted what he did on the farm that day, what the weather was, if he worked in the woods or delivering mail, and what entertainments he attended. In the 1960s, then-curator John Stofiel transcribed the diaries to typewritten pages; both the original diaries and the transcriptions are kept the museum.  Here’s what Virgil wrote in February 1908:

Saturday, Feb. 15:  Carried the mail to Mist.  Got to Mist at 11 A.M.  Grange day at Natal.  Pretty fair day but rained after I got home.  Had a fine time down at the store talking basket social for next Saturday night.

Saturday, Feb. 22.  Carried the mail down to Mist.  Got to Mist at 10 A.M.  Left Mist at 1 P.M.  Got home at 2.25.  Stayed home till 3.10 then started for the doings at Vernonia at 4.45.  From Mist to Vernonia 3 hours.  Had a deuce of a time.  Did not start home till 7 A.M.  Good fine day.

Tuesday, Feb. 25.  Sawed wood all day.  Shot at some salmon in the afternoon but did not kill any.  Cloudy and looks very much like rain.  Received a postal from Florence Williams.

Open Air Market Potluck!

On Saturday January 17th the Open Air Market is hosting an informational potluck to kick off a recruiting drive for the 2015 season. The Market runs June through early October and features farm fresh produce from around the Vernonia area.

In past years the market has included locally made crafts and other goods and has been located at different locations throughout Vernonia. Without a permanent home, the market has relied on advertising and word of mouth to bring in vendors and customers.

While 2015 will not bring a permanent home to the market, it is hoped that new developments on the old school site will include a suitable place for the market. With the possibility of new features and a new home, the market managers are seeking guidance from the community.

At 1 pm on January 17th they welcome anyone interested in the future of the market to join them at the Grange building on the corner of Washington and North streets, across from the Vernonia Christian Church. Please bring a small dish of your choice to share.

Following the meal, attendees will be encouraged to let their voices be heard. A short history of the market will be followed by a question and answer session. Everyone is invited and the managers are especially interested in hearing from vendors and public who have been unable to participate in the market, but desire to do so.

Interested parties may contact Rachel or Bill Langmaid with questions or to RSVP. They can be reached at Rachel@rangelights.com, bill@rangelights.com, or by calling 503-429-0438.