October is the last month of the local Artist Series at the Sherman County Historical Museum and is featuring oil paintings by Jerrine Belshe. Jerrine was born and raised in Grass Valley, Oregon and attended Grass Valley Grade School, Moro High School and was a member of the first graduating class of Sherman Union High School in 1957. Working and living briefly in Pullman, Washington, Jerrine and husband Jim Belshe headed back to Sherman County after Jim graduated from Washington State University in 1961 and began a lifetime of ranching and raising their 3 children.
Jerrine’s art experience began at a class in Moro, Oregon given by Loleta Miller Smith Martin in 1978. That painting she created at her first art class is among the amazing artwork and variety of pictures that she has on display this month in the museum lobby. Jerrine enjoys all types of art. Through the years she has tried different mediums, from pastels to watercolors and drawing but always seems to go back to creating with the oil paints. Jerrine has a love of drawing and painting and the challenge to bring a picture to life on a flat canvas with her pallet of colors. She still uses the rules she learned in those first art classes and continues to still have fun creating art.
The Sherman County local Artist Series is featuring photography by Jeremy Lanthorn for the month of September at the Sherman County Historical Museum. Jeremy, his wife Kara (Blagg), children T’Sharra and Jacob moved to Sherman County in 2011 and live out of Grass Valley. They have strong family roots here in the county and quickly settled into to country life and Jeremy can be seen at many school events taking sports photos for Sherman Jr/Sr High School.
Jeremy has always loved photography. While in college Jeremy took some photography courses and has progressed over time from the dark room to the digital world. In 2008, before his daughter T’Sharra was born, he purchased his first digital camera and has been learning and improving his photography every day. Jeremy loves learning new things about his camera and always working to get the best shot. He continues to perfect his art by learning from the best, whether through listening to photography podcasts, YouTube videos, reading articles, studying other photographer's work or just following them around. It is easy to see Jeremy’s passion for photography grows more each day, “My goals as a photographer are to capture memories of events and families, shoot live action sporting events, especially wrestling, and using my camera to show things that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.”
The Sherman County local Artist Series is featuring Quilting by Paula King for the month of July at the Sherman County Historical Museum. Paula has lived most of her life in Sherman County. She grew up in Wasco and has spent the last 44 years with her husband Jeff in Grass Valley, Oregon. In 2006 at the local quilt shop, Lisa’s In Stitches, Paula made her first quilt and has been hooked on quilting ever since. Paula has become an accomplished quilt maker and said she received help from Nationally Published Quilter, Sharon Tucker whom she still works with on projects. Paula has taken many different classes over the years and wishes she had more time to dedicate to her quilting hobby. “This is something I enjoy very much…” Paula said when talking about her love of quilting. If you enjoy quilts and quilting projects that are beautiful you will not want to miss out on viewing Paula’s artwork during the month of July!
The 2015 Featured Artists for May at the Sherman County Historical Museum are the Sherman Elementary students. Displayed on the museum lobby wall, visitors can enjoy the bursts of color that will welcome you all month long. Their fabulous creations of artwork have brought spring indoors. From watercolors to oil pastels the artwork is cheery and bright. You will enjoy a close up encounter with sunflowers or earth art to celebrate Earth Day plus many more themes and styles of art. Thank you Sherman Elementary for sharing your talents!
On any given day you can find a group of very talented ladies gathering in Sherman County to visit, support and create together some the most beautiful and crafty works of art you will find in Rural America. These country ladies not only create for themselves they also create for charity. This month they have a display on the lobby wall of the Sherman County Historical Museum and they are October’s featured artists.
It started years ago, these ladies coming together, and over time they have moved their locations around the county. These days the basement of the Moro Presbyterian Church is a weekly hot spot for being crafty and on the 3rd Thursday of the month you can find them at the museum. Besides the oodles of wonderful gifts for friends and families these ladies have blessed babies to the elderly with hundreds of items being donated to those in need from our local schools to as far away as Haiti. They have made blankets, diapers, lap quilts, walker-baskets as well as notecards. Did I mention most of them are artists, painters and photographers too?
Donna Birtwistle, of Moro, Oregon, has brought South Africa to the Sherman County Historical Museum displaying and sharing her travels, adventures and selected hand painted art work collected from Cape Town to Botswana. Enjoy viewing the photos on the museum lobby wall and her personal scrapbook for all visitors to view. The Sherman County Artist Series is always free of charge and Donna’s South African Travels will be exhibited during the month of September.
Make a stop at the Sherman County Historical Museum and see what the Museum Team dug out and dusted off from the archive collection to be displayed for July’s Sherman County Artist Series. In the museum lobby enjoy a variety of Sherman County treasures featuring Sherman County artists from over one hundred years ago. Captured in this display you will find local residents with their tractors in downtown Moro, beautiful hand-colored black and white photos of Pacific Northwest Mountains and prize stock on exhibit in Sherman County.
The Sherman County local Artist Series at the Sherman County Historical Museum features European Travels by Jessica and Karolyn Kaseberg from June 1-30. Visit Germany, Norway, Greece and Turkey with these Sherman County sisters and view the display in the museum lobby of photos and items from their holiday spent in Germany and Norway. The Kaseberg sisters have been a host family for two exchange students over the past few years and visiting Europe gave them an opportunity to spend time learning, experiencing and getting to see where home was for their exchange students.
Also on display are photos of Greece and Turkey where Jessica studied aboard through the University of Montana Western this spring.
Jessica Kaseberg and Karolyn Kaseberg are home grown Sherman County girls raised on a wheat ranch not far from Wasco, Oregon with parents Chris and Carrie Kaseberg. This fall Jessica will attend Oregon State University and Karolyn will be a senior at Sherman Junior Senior High School in Moro, Oregon. Both girls have gone many places traveling the country and world with their family.
Spring has arrived here at the Sherman County Historical Museum. The Sherman Elementary Students have brought sunflowers and spring into the Sherman County Historical Museum with their fabulous artwork! Displayed on the museum lobby wall, visitors can enjoy the bursts of color that will welcome you during the month of May.
From paint to pastels the artwork is cheery and bright. Beautiful landscapes, giraffes, pigs and sunflowers are a few of the many pictures everyone will enjoy viewing!
After a horse gets rescued from life-threatening neglect or abuse have you ever wondered where that horse might end up? Bring the family out to the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, OR and learn from Hollee Kaseberg’s wonderful display which tells touching stories of the non-profit equine rescue ministry Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch.
Rescued horses that call Crystal Peaks home each have an incredible story of rescue, recovery and purpose as they are used to help kids. At the Youth Ranch a horse is partnered with one leader and one child for a session where the child, who is often as broken and disadvantaged as the horse once was, learns of the promise of hope, love, family and faith.
They have done it again! The Sherman Elementary Students have brought sunshine and spring into the Sherman County Historical Museum with their fabulous artwork! Displayed on the museum lobby wall, visitors can enjoy the bursts of color that will welcome you during the month of May.
From paint to pastels the artwork is impressive. Beautiful landscapes, giraffes, pigs and sunflowers are a few of the many pictures everyone will enjoy viewing!
The Sherman County Historical Museum at Moro, Oregon, is proud to feature Moro resident and long-term museum volunteer Myrna Melzer as our "Local Artist of the Month" for October. Myrna's wonderful art in pencil, colored pencil, and oils, titled "The New Kids on the Block" features parenting in the 'animal world'. This is the last of the Sherman County artist exhibits for our 2012 season which ends October 31.
Sherman County Historical Museum’s Sherman County Artist Series features Pat Jacobsen’s work, A Heart for Art, September 1-30.
Patricia Coats Jacobsen is an artist, mother, daughter, grandmother, mother-in-law, wife, sister, friend, patient, Baha’i, Sherman County native and world citizen – not necessarily in that order. Pat and her husband Erling live in Rufus now, but she grew up on a wheat farm east of Wasco. From an early age she was inspired by the beauty surrounding her, and has always expressed the love of that beauty through her art.
Pat studied art at the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University. Later she took hand-lettering classes at Portland Community College. Thus began her career as a sign artist, later practicing computerized sign-design and sign-making.
According to Myrna Melzer, the Museum’s exhibit team leader, visitors will see her work in exhibits and in vinyl lettering, in the Oregon Trail map and the overhead-quotes in the new exhibit, Sherman County Journal: Paper, Ink and Presses.
Over the years Pat has taken classes from various artists in the Mid-Columbia area. In ’06 she took a weekend class from pastel artist Judith Cunningham. She found her passion! Many of the paintings in this show stem from that period.
In recent years Pat has become interested in photography and has incorporated photos into her paintings. In this show, an example of that is the black and white painting of Celilo Falls.
Most recently, Pat’s art has taken an unusual direction, painting on old, corrugated metal roofing. These paintings are inspired by photographs taken by her late father, Chet Coats. The example in this show represents harvest at the Liberty Place, circa 1948, the year Pat was born. It was a “bumper crop.”
Most of Pat’s artwork reflects something in Sherman County. It’s in her heart and soul.
Next up in the Sherman County Historical Museum’s Sherman County Artist Series through October is Myrna Melzer’s Colored Pencil Therapy: It’s All in the Eyes.
Myrna’s artistic expertise is visible in the mural, hand-drawn maps and illustrations in the award-winning interpretive exhibit, Oregon Trails, Rails and Roads. A volunteer since 1992, she serves as a museum host during the summer season, chairs the exhibit team, and recently prepared and mounted quilts for storage.
Oregon Days of Culture, October 1-8, honors the role of the arts, humanities, and heritage in our everyday lives. Celebrate by visiting the Museum in Moro where the work of local artists and artisans is displayed in quilts, paintings, illustrations, embroidery, maps, murals, garments, carpentry and photography.
In the Sherman County Artist Series featuring local artists, the Sherman County Historical Museum showcases photography by Lowell Smith of Grass Valley, When the Road Ends. An avid hiker and outdoorsman, his camera captures small things others might miss, and he presents his photographs in recycled window frames.
Fourth in the Sherman County Historical Museum’s summer artist series is the colorful work of Sherman High School student Karolyn Kaseberg, 14. Her work with abstract acrylics and photography is on display through August. There is no fee for viewing this display in the Museum lobby.
Visitors are invited to view the mural on the Museum exterior, a summer 2010 youth project during which Courtney, Jenna, Karolyn, Rebekah, Paige and Tyler worked with artist-in-residence Janet Essley of Columbia Gorge Arts in Education in planning, sketching and painting elements of the exhibits in the museum.
Third in Sherman County Historical Museum’s Sherman County Artists series, the colorful works of the Riverside Quilters from Moro, Rufus, Goldendale, Wasco and Antelope are on display through July, during which residents of postal zip code 97050 are offered free admission.
Selected quilts from the collections are displayed in exhibits throughout the museum.
Sherman County Historical Museum’s Artist Series features photographs of Sherman County Barns by amateur photographer Carol MacKenzie during the month of August.
MacKenzie preserves a record of twenty 100-year-old barns used for the care and feeding of draft horses and mules used to power farm machinery. Barns and sheds sheltered cattle, milk cows and hogs, as well. Some settlers built their homestead cabins and substantial barns before constructing permanent family homes.
Orren Avery Ramsey built the Pinkerton, Experiment Station, Moore, DeMoss and Walker barns and a number of houses. Milon Van Gilder built several barns and the Locust Grove United Brethren Church.
Coming from the Willamette Valley eleven years ago, Carol and her husband, Bill, knew little about old-time wheat production. Carol began to photograph barns and other interesting structures in the county in 2009. She is gathering oral histories in the process of collecting the history of the barns and outbuildings.
These 20 photographs will be on display in the lobby of the Museum August 1-31 to remind us of barns and simpler times, farmers milking and feeding cows, sturdy lofts and mangers of sweet smelling hay, farm tools, barn cats and horse tail hair in the crevices of the stalls, all solid reminders of sturdy, hard-working farmers and ranchers.
MacKenzie reminds viewers that barns and other outbuildings are on private property, solemn relics of earlier days, so honestly built that they’re still standing in spite of barn wood scavengers, fires, wind and weather.
Sherman County Historical Museum’s Sherman County Artist Series features the work of Brett King during the month of June. Brett’s artistic talent developed at an early age. A self-taught and diverse artist, his work includes Sharpie art, custom tattoos, pencil drawings, graphic art and mirror etchings.
Brett grew up in Sherman County, the son of Jeff and Paula King, and enjoys hunting, fishing, four-wheelers, his show truck, and helping his dad on the farm. He works from his studio at 341 N.E. Greenwood in Bend, King Dezines, making drawings of a favorite dog, buck deer, elk, flowers and more in response to the needs of his clients. He applies Sharpie art to helmets and jet skis, and designs logos and graphics for paint jobs on motor homes and trucks, including his own show truck.