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Wy'east October meeting features Vernon Groff

Sandy watercolor artist to discuss work at open meeting

The Wy’east Artisans Guild is about to begin its season of monthly artist meetings. This month, the guild will feature one of its own.

The evening will feature a display of works by Vernon Groff and a presentation by the artist about himself and his techniques.

Wy'east's Evening Among Artists will begin at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Clackamas County Bank, 38963 Proctor Blvd. Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Vernon Groffs Great Blue Heron.

Groff, a watercolor artist residing in Sandy and member of the guild, will head a discussion about his own career and inspiration.

Groff’s presentation will touch on his career in graphic design, his passion for painting and his approach to watercolor. In addition, Groff will teach attendees how to listen to a painting and how to survive watercolor disasters by not taking yourself too seriously.

A retired graphic designer, Groff has been pursuing watercolor for more than 35 years. Groff said he is inspired by “the abundance of wildlife and the beauty and powerful visual stimulation" he finds while hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

Groff said he takes the famous quote by John Singer Sargent — “Watercolor is making the best of an emergency” — to heart.

“This medium is always surprising; it has a life of its own,” he said.

Works by Groff can be seen in the lobby of the Sandy Actors Theatre and at other locations around Clackamas and Multnomah counties. Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Groff's self-portrait 'Vern at 5 a.m.'

Groff is a former member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and has exhibited in a past Northwest Watercolor Society annual show.

The guild holds an open meeting every second Monday of the month, September through May. The meetings will cycle through art-related topics each month. November’s meeting will discuss copyright issues — an important concept among many artists working in a range of media.

For more information on October’s event, call Becky Hawley at 503-668-5590.