Keizer Art Association has been in existence since 1977. The three founding members were Don Walton, Marge Bowder and Enid Joy Mount.
The Associaton operated out of many locations in Keizer before finding a permanent home here at the Keizer Heritage Building.
Enid Joy Mount was very determined that children have a chance to experience and create art. She helped them find clay in the natural environment (located under horsetail plants) and then make objects they could wood-fire with her help.
Thanks to the generosity of the community and Enid Joy Mount’s family, our Gallery continues to have monthly shows featuring local artists and others from Oregon and beyond.
Our New 2013 Board of Directors and Important Functions are:
Co-Chairpersons: Pat Domogalla and Bev Zwemke
VP – vacant
Secretary and Education Chair – Carol Harris
Carol Harris has been Education Council Chair at KAA for the last six years and is responsible for developing the extensive and successful art class program at KAA. Carol was born in Baker City, went to OSU and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Art, a Master’s Degree in Education at WOU and settled in Salem to teach elementary school for 31 years. She lives in the country west of Salem where she and her husband were cherry farmers and now grow hay for horses. Interests are art, 4-H, and traveling. she is an exquisite color pencil artist, winning first place in the Polk County Fair and gallery shows. She has been a KAA board member for six years, serving as Secretary and Education Chair.
Treasurer – Pat Matthews
Pat is a native Oregonian, longtime resident of Keizer and member of Keizer Art Association. She attended grade school in the building that is now the Keizer Heritage Center. She attended Oregon State University, later in life, earning a Fine Arts Degree with a minor in Psychology.
Pat has been a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon since 1985 and served as their treasurer for two years. Her working years were spent in the Medical Field, working for local physicians and at Salem Hospital.
Office Manager - Marnie Hallman Jeffers
Attended Auburn University, graduating with a BA in Visual Design.
Designed ads and layouts, costumes and scenery, before settling on a career in Surface Design. Worked for six years an in-house artist for Susan Crane, Inc. a gift wrap and display manufacturer in Dallas, TX, Designing decorative patterns and ornaments for custom gift wrap ensembles used in major department stores throughout the country. Clients included Dillard’s, Macy’s, Neiman-Marcus, and Nordstrom’s. From 1987 through 2001, sole artist and proprietor at Wolfsong Studio in Roswell, GA, designing decorative patterns used for gift wrap, gift bags, package ornaments, greeting cards, paper plates and decorative ceramics. Clients included American Greetings, Cincinnati Paper and String, Manhattan Greeting Card Company, Paper Magic, and Gear Kids. Currently working to re-emerge as a fine artist, doing ceramics, plein-air and still-life water color, nature collages, assemblages and oil painting.
Favorite quote: “In the brush doing what it’s doing, it will stumble on what one couldn’t do by oneself.” Robert Motherwell
Gallery Host Cordinator – Penny White
Penny White is an award-winning calligrapher who also enjoys paste paper, marbling and bookmaking. She is a popular KAA calligrapher teacher. She grew up in London and started out as a secretary for Sir Winston’s son, Randolph Churchill, later for provincial solicitors in the UK, and then NATO in Brussels. After moving to Oregon, she took up calligraphy and continues taking classes and participating at the International Calligraphy Conference. She has been active in the Capital Calligraphers for over 25 years, currently serving as Co-President. She regularly volunteers at Art Fairs and the State Fair calligraphying visitors’ names. She has won several blue ribbons in the State Fair Art Annual. She has participated in shows at the Capitol, Elsinore Gallery, Salem Library, and Keizer. She is also a member of Family and Community Education, serving as secretary.
Publicity (newsletter) – Caitlin OʼDell
Gmail – Nancy Ericksen
Membership – Cheryl Manhire
My name is Cheryl Mohr Manhire. I first came to the Keizer Art Association when I began taking colored pencil classes four years ago. During this challenging and fun experience, I have enjoyed making many new friends. I became a board member in January of this year and I look forward to my work as membership chair.
I retired in 2004 after spending many years working as a counselor/administrator in the addiction treatment field. I live with my husband, Dick, in a condo in south Salem. Dick and I have two grown children and four grandsons. My live is rich.
Photography and Web Page - John DeJarnatt
I am a retired teacher living in Salem, Oregon. I’ve been involved in photography since I was 8 years old in one form or another. While I tend to gravitate toward nature photography, I find that anything that catches my attention easily becomes a subject. I’ve been a volunteer photographer and coach for the West Salem High School swim team since it opened. I also do volunteer photography work for the Salem Keizer Education Foundation. I find that I’ve become a ‘documenter’ in that my photo sets become a sort of timeline of what I’ve seen during that session or trip. I usually don’t set out to capture a particular subject or image. I like to sample what passes by my view, as a fish waiting in a quiet stretch of a river might snack on the bugs floating by. I am married and have two children.
Posters - Robert Selby
Member’s Wall and KHC Library Wall - Brigitte Cobb
Librarian - Pat Domogalla
Pat is an artist with 30 years experience in oil painting, acrylics, and polymer clay sculpting. Over the years she has attended community college art classes, private art classes and workshops with Susan Schewee and Jack Johnston, doll artist. She grew up in the midwest, and has lived in Oregon for 57 years. Her work history includes working as a secretary, bank teller, loan closer, escrow closer. She has taught art at KAA and Greenbalm’s Quilted Forest. She was previously on the Board of Directors at Illahe Country Club and was a volunteer for the Oregon Golf Ass’n for 25 years rating golf courses.
GalleryK – Bev Zwemke
I grew up in San Diego and Riverside, California, attended and graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a BA in Sociology and a minor in art. I taught second and sixth grades in California and Salem/Keizer. I like to dabble in all forms of art, read and travel. I have a great husband and eight interesting grandkids.
Member-at-Large (outreach to academic facilities) – Jill Hagen
Member-at-Large – Brigette Cobb
After ten years working as a secretary in Germany I moved to the U.S. where I worked for 30 years in the travel industry and met my husband in California. I had the opportunity to travel worldwide.
As a hiker, skiier and gardener I find my inspiration close to home in Salem. My backyard and love for flowers and birds provides me with many subject. Self-taught I enjoyed painting in oil. After taking some classes from Shirlee Johnson I moved to acrylic. Presently I am incorporating my own colored paper, mosses, bark,fern, feathers etc. to frame my acrylic birds with collage.
Nature is the most centering and renewing force in my life. My intention is to bring some serenty and the color of nature to the viewer.
Member-at-Large (historian) - Julie Thoreson
My name is Julie Thoreson. I came to Keizer Art Association about four years ago when I heard about the colored pencil class. I was not familiar with colored pencil art but I soon found that it is a fun, relaxing, interesting medium. My background held several years of interior decorating, which can be said to be an art form in itself, so colored pencil seemed to be a good step forward and became a good fit. As a new board member I look forward to a fun and rewarding experience. My husband, Dave, and I are long time Salem residents, and currently live in South Salem.