Common wisdom dictates that it is difficult to make a living as an artist. While it may not be easy, it’s not impossible, according to artMOB’s First Friday nationally known guest speakers.

Chris Haberman and Mark Woolley have contrasting artistic styles — but they both seem to know something about how to make it work. Join them and artMOB for “The Fine Art of Success: Tips and Encouragement from Two Artists Making a Living” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at 10558 S.E. Main St.

Haberman, born and raised in Milwaukie, is co-owner of The Peoples Art of Portland — a gallery at Pioneer Place mall — and recently celebrated the completion of his 10,000th painting. He has been featured on OPB’s “Oregon Art Beat” and is well-known for giving back to the local community.

Woolley is also a well-known artist and graduate of Milwaukie High School. As owner of Mark Woolley Gallery, he is also at Pioneer Place as part of “the Settlement Galleries Team.” Starting it in the area that became the Pearl District in the early 1990s, he did not have a background in art history, just a passion for art and bringing it to people. He had no capital, no business partner, no “stable” of artists or master plan, just the intuition that whatever happened would be an adventure and a lot of fun.

Milwaukie’s liaison between citizens and their local artistic community, artMOB’s goal is to support local artists with resources and to help connect artists with one another. For more information, visit

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