Becki Trachsel-Hesedahl - 2013 Artists in Action President

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I wanted to let folks know that there is something out there that should be of interest to all artists and art patrons that not only makes sense but in this case is a true "no brainier".

Its the Oregon Cultural Trust Oregon Tax Credit Program....

Typically when we make contributions to "cultural" non-profit organizations we are able to deduct those contributions from our federal and state taxes. This is always nice but there is a way to contribute a LOT more and won't cost you a penny!

The Oregon Cultural Trust has a program that allows you to "match" your contributions to your favorite cultural non-profit organization(s) to the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Oregon Cultural Trust has a list of 1,200 Oregon cultural non-profit organizations which are qualified for this program and Artists in Action is one of those organizations.

You can read all about this program HERE.

I encourage you all to take a look at this program and seriously consider sending a matching contribution to the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Phil Krug
President Artists in Action

Sunday, March 7, 2010

CALL TO ARTISTS: “Art Speaks: Are You Listening?”

Thought I would let folks who follow this blog know about another GREAT AiA event coming up in April 2010.

This is a RARE and SPECIAL opportunity!

An Exhibit at the Capital Center in April 2010 invites the public to encounter “ART SPEAKS: ARE YOU LISTENING?”

Location: Capital Center Tower, 388 State Street, Salem, Oregon 97301

Original Art Due: Saturday, April 3, noon-3 p.m.
Setup Dates: Monday-Tuesday, April 5-6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Exhibit Dates: April 7 – 23, 2010
First Wednesday Reception, April 7, 5-8 p.m.
Pick up Date: April 24, 2010, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please look HERE for complete details.....

All this information will be sent out to AiA Members very soon and it is also available on the AiA Bulletin Board under the "Opportunities" category.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Deanna White March 5-May 2 Focus Gallery at Salem Art Association

"In the Focus Gallery, Deanna White presents her body of work including encaustic paintings that breathe new life into founds natural objects, and pastel drawings comprised of an explosion of shapes, shades and imagination."

The Opening Reception was last night, Friday, March 5, 5 to 7 p.

Deanna's new show in the Salem Art Association's Focus Gallery is simply outstanding and last night's reception was GREAT. When we arrived at the reception the Focus Gallery at around 5:30 pm, the Focus Gallery was packed. I was really impressed with how many AiA Members were in attendance. Its nice when AiA Members support each other in this way.

If you drop by the Focus Gallery to see Deanna's works, I would recommend you also spend a few minutes in the A.N. Bush Gallery viewing the Salem-Keizer Schools Show. The Salem-Keizer Schools Show is one of my favorites.

Phil Krug
President Artists in Action

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Roger Yost is Banking on Salem’s Treasures

There is a very nice article in the March 2010 Salem Business Journal about Roger Yost. As most AiA Member know, Roger has been instrumental in providing resources for AiA over the past several years. I invite you all to take a few minutes to read this article about Roger and next time you see Roger you might take a minute to thank him for all the great things he has done and continues to do for AiA.

Roger Yost is also listed on the AiA web site on the "Patrons/Partners" page.

Phil Krug
President Artists in Action

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


March Exhibit "Rainfest 2010" could be renamed "It Takes A Community"! The reception at the Capital Center last Friday (Feb 26) was a blast, and the art really complemented the painted umbrellas. Wine and hors d'oeuvres were served and music by Randy Frooke wafted over the lively conversation.

The 2D Art Exhibit at two locations couldn't have happened without so much volunteer effort. I've made every effort to give credit where it's due.

Art take-in & setup at Capital Center for "Rainfest 2010": Lorraine Dye, Joel Zak, Phil Krug, Marilyn Krug, Mitch Clason, and Jodi Bartruff (thanks for the extra easels!),

Transporting art and setting up at 170 Liberty Street NE:
Mitch Clason, Maralynn Maltz, M & P Krug

New Signage for Windows: Diane Trevett did a fantastic job with an ultra tight turnaround.

And the downtown community! Thanks to Suzi Bicknell (Go Downtown), Rebecca Maitland and Roger Yost (Yost Properties), Mike (whose last name I forget - helped with exhibit set up and much more), Randy Flook (musician, artist and poster-maker). A big thanks to French Unicorn, for use of the exhibit space at 170 Liberty Street NE.

Suzi didn't just arrange the exhibit space for us, she swept the granite entry way to the sidewalk, and mopped it twice, borrowing mop & bucket from Engelbert's Antiques... Dan (no last name), who works for Roger, scrubbed the windows at 5:00 Wednesday morning. The building owner (aka French Unicorn) installed new lights in the exhibit space. What a great community we have.

We don't know how long we'll have this space beyond this month, but we are grateful for the hours of volunteerism to make this happen, to showcase local art! Artists represented are: Maralynn Maltz, Mitch Clason, Virginia Brush, Lorraine Dye, Melody Fahey, Marilyn Krug, Robin Lynn Freeburg, Patricia Young, Linda Lowery, Joel Zak, Diana Coomes Reynolds, Lynne Estep Gonder, Jody Bartruff, and Randy Frook. (If your name isn't listed here, you didn't sign in...)

It's a joy just to stand back and watch the passersby do a double and triple-take, then turn back and look at the art. Parents with children, singles stepping out of their lofts, business people... all taking a turn at appreciating YOUR art. Thank you. It's humble and gratifying to see first hand the enormous generosity and talent we have in our community.

Phil Krug
President Artists in Action


The Salem Art Association and Artists in Action now have "links" on their web sites to each other.
Another GREAT example of partnership and cooperation between members of the Salem arts community!

Also a big thanks to Meghan at the Salem Art Association for helping me setup a facebook account for Artists in Action.

Phil Krug
President Artists in Action

Monday, March 1, 2010


Hi everyone,

I just wanted to take a minute to say, IMHO, the 2010 Clay Ball was a huge success.

AiA Members Brigitte Cobb, Lorraine Dye, Nancy Eng, Robin Humelbaugh, Cynthia Herron, Marilyn Krug, Rebekah Rigsby, Sam Rouslin, Diane Trevett and Deanna White were all contributors to the 2010 Clay Ball auctions.

AiA Member Maralynn Maltz was part of a select group of artists that created the Commemorative Clay Balls for this year's event.

My apologizes if I have left anyone out!

A big THANK YOU to Dave Rigsby, Clay Ball Committee Chairman for all his outstanding work putting together this year's Clay Ball.

Phil Krug
President Artists in Action


I want to thank the AiA Members Mitch Clason, Maralynn Maltz and Marilyn Krug who showed up this morning at 10 am to help move all the AiA Member artwork at the Capitol Center Building to its new location at the old Ranch Records location, 170 Liberty St. NE in Salem Oregon.

Also I would like to thank Suzi Bicknell, Executive Director of Go Down Town Salem for arraigning this location, cleaning windows and washing the entry way!

AiA Member artwork will remain at the Old Ranch Records location until April 6 2010. More information will be sent out via email about specific date and time for pickup.

Phil Krug
President Artists in Action


I want to thank everyone that came down to the Capitol Center Building on Friday February 26 2010. Many thanks to all the AiA Members that brought in their art and special thanks for all the AiA Members that help take in art and setup AiA Member's art in the Capitol Center Building in preparation for the Friday evening reception. The reception was hosted by Roger Yost and there was lots of great food and beverages.

On behalf of AiA I would like to Roger Yost,Rebecca Maitland, Suzi Bicknell and Marilyn Krug for making RainFest's fist event, "Umbrellas in the City" a huge success.

Please be watching for "ART SPEAKS: ARE YOU LISTENING?" which is AiA's next big event at the Capitol Center Building. Featured AiA artists are Diane Trevett, Nancy Eng and Marilyn Krug.

Phil Krug
President Artists in Action


This Blog is for the 2010 President of Artists in Action (AiA) to communicate with AiA Members and the general artist's community. It is my hope that we can keep each other informed and updated on current events thoughout the entire arts community in and around Oregon.

Please check back often to see what I and others have to say about the arts.

I am very excited about 2010 and I am impressed with how members are stepping up to the tasks we have for this year. I am also VERY impressed with the 2010 AiA Board. At our first AiA Board Meeting in February we already had chairpersons for 4 of the 5 major AiA events for 2010. This is some kind of record!

I want to thank all AiA members for their continued support and I know we will all work to make 2010 the best year ever for AiA!

Phil Krug
President Artists in Action