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First Friday encourages participants to discover the fruits of their creativity

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SUE DUMOLT - As one might expect from the title, Dumolts show at The Spiral Gallery, The Fruits of my Labor, features numerous paintings of produce.

Sue Dumolt is eager for participants at the Spiral Gallery’s August First Friday event to engage in their own creative processes.

In addition to viewing Dumolt’s work on display in the gallery, visitors will also have the opportunity to play the drums and marimba.

Through a grant the gallery received from the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, a program managed by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, professional drummers and marimba players from the band Kiri Kiri will guide anyone interested through playing those instruments.

The musicians will set up outside of the gallery. In the event of rain, the fun will take place in the Mason Jar, 360 Broadway St.

“We’re really excited that people will have the opportunity to make music,” Dumolt said. “It will be a really fun show.”

Inside the gallery, Dumolt’s show, “The Fruits of my Labor,” will feature acrylic paintings, silver and copper jewelry and art made from recycled materials.

“An artist has to put in time to become good,” Dumolt said, explaining the significance of the title. “I’ve been painting for about 10 years, and these pieces are the fruits (of the skills I’ve gained in) 10 years.”

The show will hang for the month of August. Many of the its paintings were inspired by fruits purchased from Harvest Market in Estacada, which Dumolt used as three dimensional models for her work.

“Your kitchen wants some art,” she said of the paintings.

One of Dumolt’s favorite elements of her work as an artist is is her process for making jewelry.

“I have more beads than a bead store, so I’ll sit down and use whatever catches my eye,” she said. “I just start and go until (the piece) looks right.”

Dumolt said her jewelry is often asymmetrical.

“I love that it’s off-kilter,” she said. “I think people might be surprised that it’s not perfect on purpose.

Dumolt believes that this process reflects life.

“I think at a certain point in life, you stop looking for perfection because you know it’s not there,” she said. “But you learn to love what is there.”

Because Dumolt enjoys this creative process so much, she’s eager she’s eager for visitors at the first Friday show to do the same with the musical instruments.

“I have a great time making the pieces, and the shows are always awesome, but at that point the process is finished,” she said. “But with the music, people will be able to engage in that process during the show.”

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