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Minter collection display is a chance to say goodbye

by: Vern Uyetake, Richard Reimer looks at the Minter art exhibit on display at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

Ellouise Minter's generosity will be helping the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center for a long time to come.

Now the members of the center, as well as the entire Lake Oswego community, have a chance to say goodbye to the woman who died last May and left her entire $2.5 million estate to the center, as well as the Lake Oswego Public Library.

A 20-piece display of art and posters collected by Ellouise and her late husband Gordon is being shown in the center's dining area all through the month of September.

'We needed to say goodbye and thank Ellouise,' said center director Brenda Suteu. 'The money she left us is at work, but the paintings are something people can actually see.'

'Eclectic' is the best word to describe the Minters' collection.

'They traveled the world and collected prints wherever they went,' said long-time family friend JoAnn Sheely. 'They followed no particular school of art.'

The display has a big emphasis on Picasso posters, plus abstract art and sketches. They reflect Ellouise Minter's personality and interests and also her love of the family.

The collection also includes several paintings done by Mrs. Minter. Thanks to several classes she took at the center, she became an artist herself. She became interested in drawings, paintings and especially collage.

This homey, unassuming display is an excellent reflection of a woman who was greatly generous in a quiet way.

'Her generosity was in giving for something that was needed,' Sheely said. 'She would ask, 'What do you need?,' then very quietly give the money for it. She was a great benefactor for the center for a long time.'

Minter's generosity will continue to be felt for years since her bequest was the largest ever received by the ACC. Suteu said the money was placed with the Oregon Community Foundation, which has an excellent record for good investments.

'This will be a huge benefit for our seniors' needs through the years,' Suteu said.

'Ellouise cared about the people here and she cared about the center.'