Turkey Voting Extended

Wow! This year keeps giving and giving. First we were closed during the lockdown. Then the recent fires filled the valley with smoke, sending our air quality into the “worst in the world” category and forcing us to close for that week. Then the rains came, and boy, did they come! We had some water damage that required cleaning up and drying out. The dehumidifier came out a couple of days ago, and we’re back up and running.

Because we were closed so much last month, we are extending the turkey show to the 24th of October. If you still have a turkey out, bring it back in. We will display it right away. We want to see everyone’s art! Watch this space for award information. This means we’d like turkeys picked up between the 24th and the 31st so we can have plenty of room for the Holiday Store.

As of this month, we are also resuming our regular schedule of Tuesday – Saturday, 11-5. Thanks for your patience and support.

Turkey Decorating Show and Contest

Blank turkey form provided by Michael Howland

Through a generous grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition, the Linn County Arts Guild store, Gifts and Gallery, is sponsoring a turkey decorating event for the summer. Michael Howland, our artist who makes the popular laser-cut journals, has cut out some 5″ and 9″ turkey forms and stands. We would like you to decorate them and bring them back in all their artistic glory to the gallery where we will display them through the month of September. At the end of the show, you will be able to pick up your turkey. The cost of the turkey is covered by our grant, but we always appreciate donations.

Turkeys are available now. You can get yours at the Gifts and Gallery Store, 605 Main Street. You can choose a 5″ or 9″ laser cut wood turkey to decorate however you choose. (Family friendly, please.) Get your creative juices flowing! Turkeys will be displayed in the Gifts and Gallery Store and possibly other downtown businesses. The final day to turn in your completed turkey is Saturday, August 15th.

Divisions: For the competition, there will be 4 age divisions: Preschool, Elementary, Middle/High School, and Adult. When you fill out a registration form you will indicate the division.

Decorating: Your turkey may be decorated on both sides. You can embellish and make it more 3-D. You can create your own base, but please make it no wider than the turkey itself. We will give you the blank slate. The rest is up to you. We look forward to seeing your creativity! There will be an opportunity for people to get some limited additional supplies at the store if needed.

Voting: While the turkeys are on display, we would like to encourage the community to come in and support the turkey artists by viewing and voting for a favorite. We will have two awards for each division. Guild members will vote for Best in Show. We will also have a People’s Choice Award, so bring your friends and family down to vote! Winners will get a first place ribbon.

If this looks like something you would like to do, please drop by the gallery and pick up your turkey. We are open Thursday-Saturday, 11-5. (Please remember your mask.)

See you at the gallery!