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Artists open temporary gallery in Woodburn

Guggle Gallery: Altered Universe opens Saturday night and runs through Aug. 17 in a former dog wash business on Young Street


Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Lionel Parra (left), of Woodburn, and Doug Sundman, of Lake Oswego, stand in the Guggle Gallery on Young Street in Woodburn. The show Altered Universe opens Saturday night and runs through Aug. 17.A vacant office space in Woodburn has been transformed into an art gallery for one week only.

The Guggle Gallery’s Altered Universe show opens Saturday night and features the work from 12 college-aged artists. The opening night starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include a raffle and live music performed by Woodburn band Neptune Lagoon. The show will be available to the public every day through Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The idea was put together by Woodburn resident and Linfield College senior Lionel Parra, whose family owns the building and Leonardo’s Barber Shop next door, and Linfield classmate Doug Sundman, from Lake Oswego.

“I thought, you can make art wherever you want, and I grew up here so I can’t see anywhere else it should be,” Parra explained.

Parra said he came up with the name guggle when he was making guacamole with a friend one night.

“It was just a comical word,” the studio art major said. “But now it’s turned into a mentality for a group of artists.”

The Altered Universe artwork has been created just this summer, with two pieces being raffled off for $1 each at the free event Saturday. All the pieces, which are mostly paintings, will be for sale.

“We make all our own frames, stretch our own canvasses and mix our own paints,” Sundman said.

Some of the paintings contain profanities, so parental discretion is advised.

The Guggle Gallery, located at 1033 Young St. in Woodburn, actually opened briefly last summer as well, but with a much smaller show room and audience.

“Now we have four times the space and a lot more art,” Sundman said. “It’s definitely going to be a bigger and better show.”



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