“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world....” -Margaret Mead
You never know what can happen when you get a small group of people headed toward the same cause with a mission in mind. Not that we’ve changed the world, but maybe we’ve had a positive influence on our community and brought light to our little part of this great big world!
Yes, it’s been another year packed with activity for Art Accelerated, the local, all-volunteer, art group with a mission to bring art to adults and kids in downtown Tillamook, because we know that all growing communities need a vibrant art presence for all souls: a place where one can create to his/her heart’s desire-adults and children alike.
This year, Art Accelerated sponsored, free and open to the public, numerous opportunities to enjoy art in downtown Tillamook. Every fourth Saturday of the month, the public visited various downtown businesses and perused different artist’s work celebrating their creative spirits. Sip and Shop each month on the second Friday downtown also provided an opportunity at the Art Accelerated Gallery for local writers, published or unpublished, to read from their poetry or prose while listeners provided support and encouragement to the authors. Monthly Open Mics at Yo Time, mcd by Rick Persons and Penny Eberle provided a chance for artists to share a story, a song or poem in another family friendly environment.
Besides our monthly events for the public, we taught art classes for adults in painting and drawing along with children’s art classes for varying age groups, and held a popular Shibori workshop and memoir writing workshop along with our successful Paint Night Events several times during the year.
Right after the New Year in 2019, we took the opportunity to lease classroom space directly behind the Gallery. The Art Annex has served us well as a convenient location to house our art classes as well as our Writer’s Meet up the first Wednesday of each month. Our downtown art presence in the heart of downtown Tillamook continues in the Art Accelerated Gallery, located right behind the Tora Restaurant at 1906 Third Street, where we showcase our local artists’ work from photography, to acrylic painting, to literary works, to sculpture to water color---you will find local talent celebrated in the Gallery which is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week.
Our goal is to continue growing and bringing more art opportunities to our downtown.
We THANK YOU for your support and participation over this past year. Obviously, we NEED YOU to continue this mission of bringing art to the heart of downtown Tillamook. In order to thrive, we need your continued support in the following ways:
*Current members, please consider renewing your membership to Art Accelerated as soon as possible by going to artaccelerated.organd click on the donate button on the home page.
If you aren’t a member, please consider becoming a member of Art Accelerated by going to artaccelerated.org and click on the donate button on the home page.
We need businesses and individuals to consider sponsorship of classes and activities above and beyond a membership to Art Accelerated.
Would you like to be involved in volunteering for Art Accelerated?
Are you an artist needing an audience? We are always needing Gallery artists and artists to participate in Artwalks.
If any of these opportunities are something you are interested in, contact Christine Harrison at: 503.809.9172 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, we THANK YOU for your support of our mission: bringing art to the heart of downtown Tillamook for adults and children in our community. We probably haven’t changed the world yet, but we have brought more art and light into the lives of many. Our world, our community needs this opportunity more than ever. Please, join us this year!
Cindy Gardner for Art Accelerated Board: Christine Harrison, Dennis Worrel, Sierra Lauder, Anne Harper
Dennis Worrel, a co-founder of Arts Accelerated, first got his initiation into art at a young age. He and his cousin sat at the kitchen table and drew pictures for his grandmother. For him, it was something fun to do, and his first audience enjoyed it and encouraged him.