We are a local, non-profit 501(c) 3, Art Association that serves Keizer and adjacent communities providing:
- Monthly art education for children and adults of all skills and abilities from hobby to professional artists through unique art classes taught by professional, award winning artists and instructors.
- Display and Promotion of local original artwork through monthly art shows featured in our Enid Joy Mount Gallery.
- A marketplace for original artwork and products available at our Gallery “K”
All of these services are available at 980 Chemawa Rd. N, Keizer, Oregon.
Keizer Art Association was incorporated in 1977 by three founding volunteer members; Don Walton, Marge Bowder and Enid Joy Mount. Enid Joy Mount, a local teacher, 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. We remain 100% volunteer! (Only the art instructors are paid!)
“The Keizer Art Association is organized to encourage the creation, understanding, and appreciation of arts in the community; to gather objects of art for display and interpretation; provide a marketplace for selling art, and to have as a final goal, the participation of members of the community as part of the total art education process.”
Thanks to the generosity of the community and Enid Joy Mount’s family and artistic grants, our organization continues to provide excellent artistic services with our monthly art shows; art classes and gift shop. YOU can help by:
- Make a cash donation.
- Become a member (individual or corporate.)
- Make an in-kind donation of goods or service.
- Sponsor a single or multiple class scholarship.
- Teach an original art class as a paid instructor.
- Purchase original artwork in our gallery or in our gift shop.
- Attend the annual fundraiser, Mother’s Day Tea in May.
Our 2015 Board of Directors
Acting Chairperson (through December)- Lore Christopher
Lore Christopher is responsible for public outreach and funding. She is currently our
Facebook and Grants Administrator. Lore has been a supporter of the creative community her entire adult life. She is also the Chair of the City of Keizer Public Art Commission who works closely with Keizer Art Association on public arts projects. The latest one is the “Valley Treasures” Mural located on Chemawa Rd at the Keizer Florist building. Lore is the former Mayor of Keizer, Or. Her educational background includes a BA in Human Resource Management from George Fox University and a MPA from Portland State University. You can reach Lore at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 Association for 25 years rating golf courses.
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. You can reach Carol at Mowog@aol.com.
Treasurer – Gina Smitasin
Office Manager – Heidi Depue
I joined the KAA Board in the fall of 2014, when I retired from my 30+ year psychotherapy practice. I moved to the US from Germany in 1974, and obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. After living in New York, Minnesota, and Missouri, I moved to Oregon in 2007, and love it here. Last year, I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher and have been teaching Zentangle classes since then. I have taken art workshops and University art classes throughout my adult life, and besides Zentangle currently enjoy doing mixed media work. You can reach Heidi at email@example.com.
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.
Membership and Newsletter – Cheryl Manhire
Cheryl Mohr Manhire first came to the Keizer Art Association when she began taking colored pencil classes eight years ago. She has been a board member for four years, this year serving as membership, gmail and newsletter chair. She retired in 2004 after spending many years working as a counselor/administrator in the addiction treatment field. She lives with her husband, Dick, in a condo in south Salem. You can reach Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org
John is a retired teacher living in Salem, Oregon. He’s been involved in photography since he was 8 years old. He tends to gravitate toward nature photography. He’s been a volunteer photographer and coach for the West Salem High School swim team since it opened and does volunteer photography work for the Salem Keizer Education Foundation. “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.” John is married and has two children. Reach him at email@example.com
Sue Traeger is a new board member of KAA. She is a retired elementary school teacher. Her mother and grandmother taught her how to sew, knit and do craft projects early in her life. Currently, she is a student taking colored pencil classes at KAA. “I appreciate Keizer Art Association providing classes for hobby artists”. Sue and her husband (and TWO labs!) live in Silverton, her other hobbies are traveling, decorating, and collecting and selling vintage items. You can reach Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Thorson came to Keizer Art Association about eight years ago when she heard about the colored pencil class. She was not familiar with colored pencil art but soon found that it is a fun, relaxing and interesting medium. Her 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 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.” You can reach Julie at Juthor1@aol.com.
Jill was born and raised on a Native American reservation. She is an enrolled member of the Onondaga tribe, Iroquois Nation. Jill has won several awards for her photography, ceramics, art glass, and bronze sculptures. She also works in blacksmithing and does ornamental welding. One of her welded iron pieces is displayed at the Oregon Gardens. She attended Syracuse University (SU) (NY), St. Cloud University (MN), OSU, WOU, and several community colleges. She obtained a two-year professional Master’s degree from OSU/WOU. You can reach Jill at email@example.com.
Anita Zahniser – Historian
Members At Large:
Diane Burton has been creative all of her life. Once she retired from the State of Oregon – DHS she returned to her first love: creating art. She is a paper and jewelry artist. Her original artwork is available in Gallery K. Diane is a new KAA Board Member and Gallery K Host. Diane lives in Salem with her husband Greg, and family Rottweiler. She also expresses her creativity via her beautifully artful back yard complete with Koi Pond and eleven large fish.
Vicky Vickery moved to Oregon about forty years ago. She grew up in southern California, graduating from Pasadena City College with an Associate Degree in Art, and from Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in Art History. She worked as a school librarian in Mt. Angel. Upon retirement, she got back into art through the classes at Keizer Art Association. “It is great to get back into art myself, but also to help promote the arts in the community through the KAA.”
Pat is an artist and lifetime Oregonian. She has lived in the Salem/Keizer area her entire adult life. She attended the 7th grade in the building that is now the Keizer Heritage Center! She has also studied watercolor painting with nine national and internationally known artists over the past thirty-four years and has been a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon since 1985, serving on the board.
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