Art & Food: Community Fighting Hunger with Empty Bowls

Photo Courtsey of Columbia Pacific Food Bank

St. Helens, OR –  Food and Art.  Art and Food.  No matter how you say it, Food and Art is an excellent combination.  Add raising funds to help fight hunger and the event has elevated to a can’t be missed evening out called Empty Bowls.   Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for Columbia Pacific Food Bank and its right around the corner on April 7th from 5:00 -7:00 PM at the McBride School Cafeteria in St. Helens.

What makes Empty Bowls so much fun?   You get to pick out your bowl.  It’s handmade pottery created by local retired teacher, Pat Brame.   Oh, and he has friends that help him as well.  Pat also sells his pottery at the event donating 25 % proceeds back to the food bank.  Pat has been involved over the past 11 years, since the beginning of Empty Bowls.  Then you get to pick out your soup.  The eating part is pretty yummy thanks to local restaurants who donate the food.   The Ridge Runners provide live music for entertainment.

Casey Wheeler,  Executive Director for Columbia Pacific Food Bank, wants the community to know, ” The purpose of this event is to help people understand what food insecure families face in our community.  Often they only have soup, bread and some water for dinner (if they are lucky).  Often the parents do not eat so the children have something to eat.”   Casey mentioned his favorite part of the event is ” Having the St. Helens Middle School Honor Society adopt this as one of their community service projects.  They develop the theme, decorations, set-up the venue, serve food and drinks, clean up and help put everything away. Also, watching the interaction of people as they eat and pick out their bowls.”

This fundraiser is a ticketed event.  You can purchase your tickets for $10.00 each at many local businesses such as Bertucci’s, Sunsations, Grocery Outlet and Scappoose Bagel.    They have been known to sell out so don’t wait if you want to go.  See you there!

Follow Columbia Pacific Food Bank Facebook page to stay up to date. #fighthunger #communityfun #art #food #columbiacounty #columbiapacificfoodbank

 

 

 

 


Business Bits: Hagz, Bagz & The Hutch

Meet Debbie Loomis & Geri Noble.

St. Helens, OR- If you’ve lived here for awhile, you might have been a customer of Geri Noble.  She ran a business called “The Hutch” for 15 years on Main Street St. Helens.  She’s back giving great customer service and sewing up a storm at a her old shop location but with a new partner, Debbie Loomis.  Debbie,  owner of  Hagz Bagz since 2006 joined forces with Geri and merged their businesses on Oct 1st, 2016, Hagz Bagz & The Hutch located  at 400 Columbia Blvd, St. Helens. You can also reach them at  503-397-1352.

Even with a name change, everything else has stayed the same except with added services. When asked how they decided to open their business Debbie replied, “I wanted to have a place to showcase what we love to do, create one of a kind gift items at reasonable prices.”

Geri is happy to be back on Main Street St. Helens and wants her customers to know she’s got a great new business partner.  She wanted to work with Debbie to help her develop her business and sewing skills and they both love what they do.  Debbie wanted to partner with Geri because “she has been in the sewing business a lot longer than me. Her wealth of knowledge was what I needed to go forward with my dream of having a storefront.”

Need a special gift, contact Hagz Bagz & The Hutch.  Follow their Facebook page for ideas to give a gift from Columbia County that is personalized and from the heart.  You can also shop online from their catalog.

 

#hagzbagzthehutch #shopsmall #personalizedgifts #handmadeincolumbiacounty

 


“In the Middle” – Thriving Art Community

Columbia County, OR – Columbia County art scene has grown stronger over the past few years.  One could say, we are in the middle of a thriving art community here in Columbia County. Currently, Columbia County has several groups that are working to put local artists in front of new customers, expose families to community art projects and create a sense of community pride for our local artists and projects.

Local art club, Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) looks forward to a great upcoming new year.  In 2016, CAG created August Art Fair in conjunction with the Scappoose Farmers Market conducting local art demos, author readings and presenting their art.   CAG will hold the 2nd Annual August Art Fair on August 5th, 2017 from 9:00 am – 2 pm.  CAG hosts quarterly show at local businesses or community organizations.  The Columbia County Courthouse in St Helens and Brown Butter Bakery in Scappoose are proudly displaying local groups’ art.  For $15.00 a year, you can join CAG.  Joining is a great way to support the artists.  It’s easy to become a member just fill out the CAG Application online.  They are an active group of Artists that meet on Thursdays at 10:00 AM  for Plein Air Art at the Columbia Learning Center, St Helens.  Bring your own art (BYOA) meet in the hallway, work on your project, get advice, share information, listen or join the Urban Sketchers and go out to Paint the Town!  Check out, the CAG Facebook Page for more information.

Photo Courtsey of CAG
GAC members with their work at Brown Butter Bakery, Scappoose.

In Summer 2016, another group the St Helens Arts and Cultural Coalition finished their first round of funding for its second Gateway Structure called the Salmon Tree Cycle.  This group of volunteers raised over $16,000 for public art with a Kickstarter campaign called the Salmon Tree Cycle Project for more information on the committee visit the City of St Helens Arts and Cultural Coalition website. The St Helens Library also has a variety of art classes such as Collage and Paints for Adults on Jan 31st, 2017 as well as a Writers Guild.

New to Columbia County is the first Art Hive Network at Deer Island Manor, Deer Island, OR.  An Art Hive Network is a community art studio that welcomes everyone. The workshops for Art Hive Network will start on Feb 4th, 2017 from 12-4:00 PM.  Workshops will continue the first Saturday of the month go to  The Art Hive at Deer Island Manor for more information.

Something new in Clatskanie, Clatskanie Farmers Market is hosting it’s first Clatskanie in Bloom Art Show March 17th- March 31st, 2017 at Hazen Building Registration is now open for artists.

It’s a great time to create. It’s a great time to admire our talented local artists.  It’s the right time to be in the middle of a thriving art scene with the upcoming economic development in Columbia County.   #SupportALocalArtist #shopsmall