Who We Are
Keizer Art Association is a local, non-profit 501(c)(3),
Art Association that serves the city of Keizer, Oregon 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
- 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.
Not everyone is an artist...but
everyone can support local artists and art education by donating
to Keizer Art Association! (Online Donation ) AND…you get to take a tax
because we are a 501(c)(3) organization! We will send you the tax
donation form when we receive your donation. Get yours today!
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
“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.”
YOU can be an Art Supporter!
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.
Address: 980 Chemawa Road
NE, Keizer, OR 97303
TUES 3 pm - 7 pm, WED – FRI 1 pm – 5 pm, SAT 11 am – 3 pm.
LENDING LIBRARY –
Free to members.
ASSOCIATION and ENID JOY MOUNT GALLERY are located in the Keizer
Heritage Center at 980 Chemawa Rd., NE, Keizer, OR 97303,
503-390-3010. Open 3 – 7 pm, Tuesdays, 1 -5 pm Wednesdays; Thursdays and
Fridays; 11 am – 3 pm, Saturdays.
Board of Directors
Chairperson and Grant Writer
- Lore Christopher
Lore Christopher is responsible
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.
Secretary and Education Chair
- Carol Harris
Harris has been KAA Secretary and Education Council Chair since
2005 and is responsible for hiring instructors to teach classes and
developing the art program. She takes classes and teaches Colored
Pencil at KAA. Carol was born in Baker, Oregon, went to OSU and
earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Art, a Master's Degree
in Education at WOU, and then settled in Salem to teach elementary
school for 31 years. During 40 years of marriage to Keith, they
skied in the winter and sailed in the summer. She lives in the
country west of Salem and grows hay for horses, and is a 4-H Horse
Leader and Polk Country 4-H Horse Superintendent. Interests are
family, art, traveling, gardening, horses, dogs, volunteering, and
best of all -- playing with grandkids Ben (7) and Addilyn (5).
Gallery Host Coordinator and Statesman
Karen Saleen is a
retired educator and colored pencil artist. In her spare time she
works at her art, takes classes in colored pencil and mentors high
school students interested in developing their colored pencil
skills. Occasionally, she teaches classes in colored pencil
drawing, hosts in the KAA Gallery and shows her artwork. She is
currently the Vice President in the Oregon Chapter of the Colored
Pencil Society of America and sits of the Board of the Keizer Art
Vice President, Membership, Newsletter, and KEIZERtimes
- Cheryl Manhire
Mohr Manhire first came to the Keizer Art Association when she
began taking colored pencil classes many years ago. She has been a
board member serving as membership and newsletter chair. She
retired in 2004 after spending 25 years working as a
counselor/administrator in the addiction treatment field. She lives
with her husband, Dick, in a condo in south Salem. They have two
children, Cara and Marshall, and four grandchildren.
Treasurer, Gallery K Gift Shop, Members' Wall, and Office
- Julie Thoreson
is a native of California who came to Oregon to marry her now
husband of 37 years. She has no formal art training, just a love of
art ingrained in her by her creative and talented parents. “Being
on the board of directors of Keizer Art Association is an honor and
privilege I take seriously. The promotion of art in the community
is an important part of what KAA does by teaching different form of
art and providing a venue for artists to display their creations.”
As a member of KAA, Julie looks forward to many more years of
involvement in the art world.
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.”
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to the creative arts when he began painting landscapes in oils many
years ago. Wood carving and watercolor painting replaced his
interest in oil painting and have become the focus of Bob’s
artistic activity for the last eight years. As an active member of
KAA, Bob can be found hosting the KAA Gallery one day a week. Bob
also serves on KAA committees as needed. Bob is also an active
member of the Capitol Woodcarvers where he currently serves as a
board member. He is working to improve the acceptance of
woodcarving as an “art”. He is also a member of “Wild Over
Watercolor” (WOW), a dedicated group of watercolor artists from the
Harris was born in Santiago, Chile. She came to the USA as an
exchange student to California fifty years ago. Graduated from
Brigham Young University with a BA and University of Portland where
she earned her Masters in Bilingual education. She worked as a
bilingual school teacher in the Canby School District. Upon
retirement, she moved to Salem with her husband, Roger. She is the
mother of Steve, Katherine, and Cristina and a grandmother of six.
In the Salem area she found a wonderful group of artists at the
Keizer Art Association by taking colored pencil classes. “It was
love at first sight”. “I am honored to be part of such a special
group and looking forward to grow and learn from them”.
Member-at-Large - Terry Dempsey
(Terry is temporarily on leave from the Board) Terry has a post-baccalaureate certificate in Interior Design and Interior Architecture from UC Berkeley. He has remodeled 20 of his own houses in California, Oregon and Idaho over the past 40 years and works with clients for design, space planning, color consulting, hanging art and all aspects of interior design.
In addition to working with KAA, Terry fosters dogs through Marion County Dog Services and has provided safe haven for 36 dogs while they await a permanent home. He recently adopted an eight-year-old Boston Terrier, Connor. As soon as Connor settles in, they will be eager to resume hosting and spoiling dogs in need of a temporary home.
Bev moved to Salem in 1976 from Iowa. She has 40 yrs of teaching experience in Special Education and as an Autism Specialist. In her free time she worked in creating fabric art, beading, painting, and drawing. After retiring she was looking for a new interest. She came to KAA for a color pencil class. At KAA she found a fun, creative, and diverse group of talented artists.
Art Association is located in the Keizer Cultural Center. 980
Chemawa Rd. N.E., Keizer, OR 97303
Our well lit
and large classroom is located adjacent to the gallery. Students
are encouraged to visit the Gallery for inspiration. There is
seating for 24 along with numerous work surfaces. The Art Library
is situated in the classroom so that students have easy access.
One wall of the classroom has members' art displayed. The room
also has a wall of windows and a small kitchen with coffee and tea
gallery is equipped with a professional hanging system and
lighting designed to best show off art. A portion of one wall is
reserved for the "Artist of the Month", a KAA member who is
recognized for their artistic expression and contributions to KAA.
The gallery hosts monthly themed shows throughout the year along
with an artist's reception to kick-off each month. The gallery is
open Tuesday through Saturday.
is located in the classroom and it contains a wide variety of art
related books including acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting as
well as colored pencil. and charcoal drawing. The library is free
to use for KAA members.
Gallery "K" (sales)
may use the Gallery "K" facility located in the Gallery to sell
their art. Items for sale range in type from paintings, drawings,
cards, jewelry, publications, and more.
Keizer Art Association does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Keizer Art Association remains firmly dedicated to the fundamental principles of inclusion and diversity, and to racial justice as an inalienable human right.