The artists in LOCAL 14 will hold their 50th anniversary show and sale Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at the Left Bank Annex in Portland.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Ellen Currans has been a member of LOCAL 14 since its inception. She creates ceramic pieces.

Ellen Currans will retire from LOCAL 14 after the 50th anniversary show Sept. 28 through Oct. 1. Dont miss this opportunity to view and purchase her ceramic pieces.

The art organization LOCAL 14 will hold its 50th-anniversary art sale and show from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 at the Left Bank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St. in Portland.

The not-for-profit group was founded in the spring of 1967 with "an artist, a broken player piano and an idea," its website says. "The artist, Janet Almy, decided to sell some of her paintings to earn the money for this piano's repair. She invited a few friends to join her. They emptied the furniture from the first floor of her home in Lake Oswego. Then they filled it and a long covered walkway with art.

"That 1967 art sale sold out," the story continues. "An auspicious beginning. With this success, the group decided to hold an annual art show and call themselves Lake Oswego Crafts and Art League, with 14 for the original 14 artists. LOCAL 14 was born."

LOCAL 14's mission is to support women in the arts (membership is now open to men as well) and provide scholarships to deserving art students. Over the years, members have come and gone, but as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary, several former members have been invited to show their work.

Marla Bagetta is a former LOCAL 14 member who will be back exhibiting in celebration of the 50th anniversary show and sale.

The list includes Margaret Terral, Marla Baggetta, Carla Fox, Katy McFadden, Wendy Avner, Cathy Denton, Deborah Glanz, Nick Statius-Muller, Ruth Armitage, Nicole Rawlins, Kristy Lombard, Nancy Becker and Evlyn Newell. Newell is an original member of the group, as is Ellen Currans, who will retire from LOCAL 14 after the 50th anniversary show.

Ruth Armitage is a former member of LOCAL 14 who was invited to exhibit with the group for its 50th anniversary show and sale.

The upcoming show and sale will showcase original artwork made by more than 90 artists in painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, pottery, glass, jewelry, basketry, metalwork, fiber art, quilting, wearable art, weaving, dolls, beadwork, wood, paper and poetry.

The event opens Thursday, Sept. 28, with a catered celebration from 6-9 p.m. New artists as well as the former members will be in attendance. Tickets are $10.

Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

The show also give patrons an opportunity to view emerging artists' work, including winners of LOCAL 14's juried competition. A portion of the show proceeds will support art school scholarships.

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