Public can do early holiday shopping with wide array of art

This has been a rough year but also a great year for the Oswego Heritage House.

The rough part came from two diseased trees falling on the building and the water line bursting, leaving behind 2 inches of water. by: SUBMITTED - Sister Wanda Jordan will sell her handmade gift boxes and cards at the annual event.

“It just blew out,” said Jude Graham, executive director of the Heritage House.

These two circumstances caused the house’s budget to balloon from repair bills. But that makes the timing of this year’s major fundraiser this weekend that much more timely. The fifth annual holiday art show and sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, thanks to Lake Oswego artists and craftspeople.

“We’ll have 14 artists who have agreed to give a percentage of their sales to support the Heritage House,” Graham said.

Also for sale will be puppets, described as “the cutest ever” by Graham, of fun animals like beavers, bears and skunks — suitable for your own puppet shows and for golf club covers — as well as items from two potters and from Sister Wanda Jordan of Marylhurst University.

Best known as an educator with her long career with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Jordan recently retired as supervisor of student teachers at the University of Portland. That gives her more time to make her handmade gift boxes and cards.

“People can actually do their Christmas shopping,” Graham said.

They can even get an early Christmas gift if they win the raffle basket, which will be filled with such items as artwork and the mega-popular Oswego Heritage House cookbook.

Funds raised will help promote another big year in 2013. The Heritage House is coming off a year that featured the best attended classic car show ever and a sold-out historic home tour. Plans are already in the works for next year.

“We’ll have a big surprise in 2013,” Graham said. “A very, very big surprise.”

On Saturday the fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday the hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oswego Heritage House is located at the junction of 10th Street and A Avenue in Lake Oswego.

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