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LOs best kept secret opens Sunday


n The 44th annual Buffalo Grass Art Societys art show and sale showcases renowned artists

On Sunday, the Mountain Park Recreation Center will be transformed into an art gallery with the opening of Buffalo Grass Art Society’s 44th annual art show and sale from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is free and will feature live jazz music and refreshments to complement the art on display.

“I’m so thrilled at the work which our members have been quietly and passionately creating all year,” said Barbara Wagner, who serves as Buffalo Grass’s public relations chairwoman this year. “I can’t wait for all to see it! Last year’s show was also fantastic but unfortunately seemed to be the ‘best kept secret’ of Lake Oswego. Hopefully, we’ll get the word out a little better this year.”

Buffalo Grass Art Society is made up of many well-known artists, many of whom live in Lake Oswego and West Linn, including:

n Kay Allenbaugh — already famous as the author of the “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart” series of books, and who has turned to watercolors to express her passion;

n Bill Baily — a full-time artist and part-time pharmacist;

n Deborah Marble — a courtroom illustrator who uses her keen perception of personality to create unique character paintings;

n Airi Foote — born in Finland, an internationally renowned painter of miniatures;

n Barbara Vance — who was recently featured on the cover of International Artists magazine and shared tips on her unique technique in a 10-page article in the magazine;

n Barbara Wagner — an emergency room doctor for 23 years who took up painting during a three-month sabbatical in 1998 and never stopped. She sees the “medicine of art” as a powerful healing art;

n Annette Zack — who was a nurse before she turned to painting full time.

The society also includes:

n Vickie Mintkeski of Portland, who balances teaching art with creating art. She is known for the quilt-like patterning that appears in her pieces.

n Carol Winchester of Portland, who overcame debilitating rheumatoid arthritis at age 19. Her hands can hardly hold a brush, yet her creativity obviously powers through.

n Bruce Ulrich of Beaverton, a former chiropractor turned artist.

n Sunny Smith of Portland, a remedial reading teacher. Smith turned to figurative painting for “nonverbal” communication.

n Carol Barnett of Tigard, who includes polar bears in her watercolors “just for fun.”

n Sally Bills Bailey of Mt. Hood, who is a “teacher of children, turned artist” and creates paintings with child-like abandon and spontaneity.

n Ruth Smith of Portland, who is in her eighth decade and still paints with passion and clarity.

A portion of the art show’s sales will be donated to the Oregon Humane Society.

Mountain Park Recreation Center is located at 2 Jefferson Parkway in Lake Oswego.