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Bresky publishes history on paper industry

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Bob Bresky has published The Papermakers: More than Run of the Mill, a history of the paper industry.Three Rivers Artist Guild shares information about several of its members:

  • Member Robert “Bob” J. Bresky has self-published “The Papermakers: More than Run of the Mill,” a narrative that explains the birth, growth and possible future of one of Oregon’s oldest and largest manufacturing industries, paper. Through personal stories of Oregon City and West Linn paper mill workers and photographs, the reader learns about the industry’s sometimes controversial past.

    The saga begins with the opening of Oregon Trail pioneer W.W. Buck’s first Oregon paper mill in 1867. The Clackamas Paper Company, located near the mouth of one of the Willamette River’s major tributaries, continues Oregon City papermaking for 14 years with the help of Portland businessman H.L. Pittock. Industrial papermaking comes to the west bank of Willamette Falls in 1890, becoming part of America’s second-largest paper company in 1928.

    The West Linn Paper Company continues its proud heritage today.

    The book is available online at Amazon.com.

    Bresky will hold book signings from 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 16 at Clackamas Community College, Room 320 on Harmony campus in Milwaukie; from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Clackamas County Historical Society Museum, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City; and from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 24 at West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns St., West Linn.

  • Eric O’Toole is showing his photography at RE/MAX Equity Group’s office located at 237 N.E. Broadway in Portland. The exhibit continues through December. He is also exhibiting a collection titled “Street Life” in Heredia, Costa Rica. Through January, his entire collection will be on display at Wallflowers Gallery and Framing, 288 N.W. First St. in Canby.

  • Melissa Gannon will host a watercolor workshop from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19 at Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone. The workshop will cover multi-colored washes, hot press, cold press and differently textured papers. Cost is $55. To register, call Gannon at 503-557-3963.

    To learn more about TRAG, visit threeriversartistguild.com.

    — The Review, Tidings