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Kathy Grant: Improving the world through art

WLACC events and activities


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kathy Grant sometimes gets ideas for her art from observing seasonal changes around her.Kathy Grant’s paintings have graced the walls of the West Linn Adult Community Center’s gallery for nearly two months now, and she’s found buyers for several of her works.

Ironically, she’s not really all that interested in selling her paintings; rather, she wants them to go to support good causes. She’s been finding good causes now for years.

Grant grew up in Tulsa where her grandparents exposed her to beautiful art in their home, as well as in Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum. Eventually, Grant attended Native American tribal gatherings and asked for permission to take their portraits. Many of the Native Americans she approached were less than enthusiastic about having their pictures taken, but when Kathy returned with portraits and presented them to her subjects as gifts — she won them over.

Fast-forward through a career in psychotherapy, and Grant found herself doing aqua therapy at the Providence therapy pool on Macadam Avenue in Portland. The pool walls were bare. So, Kathy painted a picture of a sea turtle and put it up. One of the patients was so taken with it, he offered to buy it, but Grant, being the person that she is, just gave it to him because it seemed to lift his spirit. She then painted eight more turtles and outfitted the entire pool.

“Painting became my way of giving back,” she said.

Today, Grant is a regular attendee at the WLACC’s yoga and pilates classes. When she discovered she could display her paintings in our gallery, she offered to donate the proceeds from any paintings sold to our building expansion fund, and we gratefully accepted.

Her art will be on display until the end of the month, but you can go to her website kathygrantartist.com to see much more. We are especially pleased to have Grant as a benefactor of our building expansion and as a participant in our exercise classes.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer classes are offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Friday, Oct. 26

In the morning, we have the core strength class and the strength and balance class, The Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The Whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. to noon.

At noon we will serve sloppy Josephs for lunch. The pinochle group will play from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Texas hold 'em poker group will deal at 1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 29

In the morning we have tai chi, The Peripatetic Walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and hand and foot card game group. Today we will offer cabbage rolls for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group and the exercise-for-all program will meet. The new pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Morning offerings at the WLACC include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The “Honoring Our Memories” writing group meets from 10 a.m. to noon. Our ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m., and Luella Hunt will teach new players the game of pinochle starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

In the morning, we offer The Peripatetic Walkers group, chair aerobics class, core strength class and strength and balance class, and the gardening club will meet today. The new pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m. The Line Dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon.

At noon, we will serve frighteningly good buffalo chicken wings and meatballs. After lunch, the bridge group and the exercise-for-all program will meet. The pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1

The Share Singers group will visit Homewood Heights today. Our morning offerings at the center include core strength class, strength and balance class and our gentle yoga class. The knitting and crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m., and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town! Our cadre of buyers has just returned from the Portland Gift Show with new merchandise aplenty: seasonally-themed items, silk scarves, cashmere, velvet and bamboo, new watches (including Jimmy Crystal New York — favored by only the most respectable celebrities) and much more. Specific requests can also be made. The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gift Shop accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.




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