Keizer Society — Art and History

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By JoANNE BEILKE

Saturday, July 10,  was a very busy day in Keizer and the star was Barbara Clement.  Barbara is very active with Keizer Points of Interest for the city of Keizer and also Keizer Heritage Foundation.  Her goal these last years has been to bring recognition to Marie Dorian, a Native American woman who pioneered this area in the early 1800s.

Helping Barbara unveil the new sign at Keizer Station Park were some descendants of Marie Dorian.  Author Jane Kirkpatrick, of John Day, introduced Marie Dorian to the group gathered.  She has authored three books about her life in the Willamette Valley.  Several generations of Dorians were present including, the Bailles, and other family branches.

Shelly King, member of the Keizer Parks Foundation and Dave McKane, city councilor were presenters for Barbara Clement’s efforts.  Also helping were members of the Parks Foundation pouring drinks and serving cookies.  Joining them in the shade of a canopy in the blazing sun were Mary Jean Atwood, Julie Thomas, and Mary MacDuffee.  Also under the shade of the tent were Ginny Bellman (Marie Dorian Society), Mary Jo Nyssen and Carol McCarl.  Jeanne Bond-Esser was the greeter and her husband, Dennis Esser, who built the kiosk, was in charge of clean up.

Heritage Foundation members, Anne and Al Rasmus and Gary Young were there supporting Barbara and the Foundation’s contribution to the sign.  Others supporting the effort were Art and Phyllis Burr, Sherrie Gottfried, Cathy Clark, Jacque Moir, Joe Egli and Rich Ford.    Stop by Keizer Station and enjoy the park and see the sign.

Later Saturday afternoon, I moved on to the Keizer Art Association’s “ Artists Showcase” reception for KKA Art Teachers.  The art was from Kathy Haney,  Deanne White, KC Hancock, Jeanie Baker, Pat Averill, Catherine Alexander, Shirlee Johnson, Kris Mitchell, and Wendy Thompson,  all art teachers being honored.

Robert and Miriam Shelby were showing visitors around the gallery, Pat Domogalli  and Bev Zewebe  directed people to the food and drinks.   Standing around admiring the art and their great job in hanging the pictures were the “Hangers” group.  Shirlee Johnson, Chris Baker, Francis Stark and Dana Barrick. Linda Jacobson, vice prresident of the art association, was in Sisters displaying her art work at a quilt show.  Her art work will be featured in August at the Keizer Art Association’s “Sizzling Summer Nights.”

Admiring the work was Debbie Robinson and Denise Cedar from out of town.  Stop by and see the beautiful work.

A “Happy Birthday” to Carol Phillips Zielinski.  She and Gene are celebrating her birthday in Grandville, Ohio with family. Her Facebook page says she is drinking Oregon wine. Have a good one.

I decided to golf on Sunday with Marlene Wellin.  I was very fortunate she brought her water-cooled mini fan and we misted all  around the course.  While waiting to start golf pro Larry Bent came out and told me that the picture in my column about the luau was not Troy Renshaw, but rather David Lambert of OSU Federal Credit Union, one of the event’s co-sponsors.  So I am officially apologizing  to Troy and to David.  Sorry.

Just a thought.   Again there was no rain on July 12 in Salem.  That would be 115 years of now rain on that date.

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