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UPDATES: Gilbert House selling bricks to raise funds for play structure remodel

December 8, 2021 at 3:05pm

Catch a Christmas play starting Friday at Willamette

"The Christmas Gift" opens Dec. 10 at Willamette University.

Theatre 33’s new play “The Christmas Gift” debuts Friday at Willamette University.

The play tells the story of Ann, who is fresh off a snowboarding black run and finds herself in a strange place with a curious man pushing a shopping cart.

“Is this a prank, a nightmare, or absolute redemption?” the play asks.

It's written by Thomas Nabhan, the group's executive director.

Shows on December 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17 start at 7 p.m. On Sunday Dec. 12, there’s a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets cost $15.

Theatre 33 is a play development company that exclusively focuses on new plays from Northwest playwrights.

Previous coverage of Theatre 33:

In unique approach, playwrights stage Salem show then turn to audience for critique

-Saphara Harrell

December 8, 2021 at 2:47pm

"True red" art on display through December at downtown gallery

"Strawberry Reflections" by Zola-Jean Sherwood (Courtesy/Zola-Jean Sherwood)

A downtown Salem gallery through December will feature a variety of artwork with one thing in common - red.

Salem nonprofit Artists in Action will host its 19th annual Something Red Art Exhibit and Sale, where the focal point or dominant color in every piece will have "true red," according to a news release. They will include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, pastels, photography, ceramics, wood and fiber.

The exhibit opened Dec. 3 and will be available through Dec. 31, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery at 444 Ferry Street S.E.

The exhibit is free for viewing, and original artwork will be available to buy.

"This is a popular juried exhibit that is open to artists throughout Oregon, showing work from emerging to professional artists," the news release said.

This year's judge is Jenny Armitage, an award-winning artist and member of The Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

She will award the Best Use of the Color Red, Best Original Concept, Best Use of Unconventional Materials, Best Botanical Composition, and Something Red Best of Show. Ballots and a ballot box will be available at the gallery to select a People’s Choice award.

"Red Tulip" by Cynthia Herron (Courtesy/Cynthia Herron)

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

December 8, 2021 at 12:25pm

Have your name on a piece of Gilbert House

Gilbert House Children's Museum on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Your name could be on a brick at Gilbert House Children's Museum when the organization's remodel of its outdoor play area begins in 2022.

The nonprofit museum is selling engraved bricks to raise funds for its "Priority Play" campaign, which will replace much of the 25-year-old wooden play structure on the museum's east side.

The revamp is intended to make the area more open and give kids a variety of outdoor exhibits focused on nature-related play, including a small garden, fort-building station and sand table.

Bricks are available for $150 for one, $125 each for two, or $100 each for three or more. Each brick can be engraved with up to three lines of text with up to 12 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. Orders can be placed on the museum's website.

The museum hopes to sell 100 brick inscriptions through the campaign and will have bricks available until March 2022, executive director Alicia Bay said. Inscriptions will be completed late next summer.

Construction on the outdoor play area is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2022, with the new exhibit opening in early 2023.

-Rachel Alexander