Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, September 18, 2015, Image 5

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Crystal Apple The teacher, the student
noms due Oct. 9
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Crystal Apple
All community members, students and parents are welcome
to nominate any full or part-time employee of Salem-Keizer
Public Schools or Salem or Keizer private schools. Nomina-
tions are accepted for three categories: teacher, administra-
tor and support staff. District nominees must have been em-
ployed by Salem-Keizer Public Schools for at least three years
prior to the current school year. The Crystal Apple Business
Partnership Award is given to an organization that has made
a signifi cant contribution to education in the Salem-Keizer
School District.
Nomination forms can be found at any school in the dis-
trict, or downloaded from the Salem-Keizer Education Foun-
dation website:
All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 9. The
19th annual event recognizing excellence in education is set
for Nov. 5 at Salem’s Historic Elsinore Theatre.
The 2015 Crystal Apple Awards are presented by the
Salem-Keizer Education Foundation in cooperation with
Salem-Keizer Public Schools, the Salem Area Chamber of
Commerce and the Keizer Chamber of Commerce.
HS girls: register for ballet
Grande Jete ballet is host-
ing a one-day registration
for upcoming fall classes at
Keizer Grange Hall Tuesday,
Sept. 22.
The registration, for classes
that begin in October, will be
held from 3 to 5 p.m.
The Keizer Grange Hall
is located at 441 Chemawa
Road N.
Grande Jete is a nonprofi t
organization created to give
low income junior and senior
high school girls an opportu-
nity to take ballet lessons.
Grande Jete is directed and
founded by Diane Roberts,
formerly of the Chicago Bal-
let Company and former di-
rector of the Daly City Civic
Ballet Company and the Co-
lumbia Ballet Company.
Associate directors are
Erin Ashley and Molly Ma-
Pictures of old
store mural sought
The Keizer Public Arts Commission is seeking information
about a mural that was painted on Albertsons in the late 1980s
or early 1990s. At that time Albertsons was located at River and
Chemawa Roads.
The commission is seeking information and photos of the
mural for historical and recreation purposes. If you have in-
formation about the mural e-mail
in art, life
passed on
to mentee
Of the Keizertimes
Winning with his pieces of
art isn’t too unusual for Ro-
berto Oran.
After all Oran, a 2007 West
Salem High School graduate
currently attending Chemeketa
Community College, started
winning contests while still in
high school.
The latest fi rst place ribbon
was for his pottery titled Quet-
zal Bird, a bird mainly found in
south Mexico. The piece won
at the “Water, Water Every-
where” show currently on dis-
play in the Keizer Art Associa-
tion’s Enid Joy Mount Gallery
in the Keizer Heritage Center,
located at 980 Chemawa Road
NE. The show runs through
Sept. 30.
Oran credits former WSHS
art teacher Brenda Hauswirth, a
Keizer resident who retired last
year, for helping him develop
both his ability and apprecia-
tion for art. The two have kept
in touch over the years, espe-
cially since Hauswirth retired.
The two met with the Keiz-
ertimes at the Enid Joy Mount
Gallery on Tuesday.
“I had a poetry class with
her,” Oran said. “I had done
some art before, but not much.”
Hauswirth could tell right
away this student was different
than most.
“Roberto, you had some
amazing skills,” Hauswirth said.
“There was much potential.
The big thing was his sense of
Roberto Oran (left) with retired art teacher and mentor Brenda Hauswirth at the Keizer Art
Association’s Enid Joy Mount Gallery with a sampling of some of Oran’s recent work.
discipline. He was very serious
about it from the fi rst time I
met him. I could tell he had a
vision for what he wanted to
do and where he wanted to go.
He’s doing it.”
With encouragement from
Hauswirth, Oran kept creating
art and entering any art contest
he heard about. He won a con-
test at Oregon State University
and won a contest three times
at Chemeketa, earning enough
to pay for his schooling. Oran,
28, is currently in his last term.
He remembers seeing a gallery
show while in high school.
“That made me realize how
important it was to show art,”
he said. “It made me realize I
wanted to keep doing it.”
At one of those early shows,
Oran sold $1,000 worth of art
work. Since then, other clients
have included Salem mayor
Anna Peterson.
“I think that gave him a
real jolt of confi dence,” Haus-
wirth said. “Roberto has always
thought outside the box. That’s
what I’m always encouraging
students to do.”
Oran started with pottery
and has since branched out to
paintings and murals. He hopes
to help out with the mural
scheduled to be done at Town
& Country Lanes next year.
“I saw a guy doing murals
and went to help him,” Oran
recalled. “I started learning the
process of how to do big murals
and doing entire buildings. It
was self-taught. I was watching
how he was doing it. I learned
the process.”
Oran learned about the need
to study the moisture and tex-
ture of the painting surface, as
well as prepping the surface and
sealing it once fi nished to help
the work last longer. Recently,
Oran has been learning how to
do black light murals.
“The black light shows all of
the colors,” he said. “It appears
like magic. It’s a hard process.
You’re just learning by your-
self, always experimenting. I
learned from people like Mrs.
We’ll transform your kitchen
or bath into what you’ve
always dreamed of
Hauswirth. When I was in high
school, she was making sure I
was learning the basics. She
taught me there’s a lot of dis-
cipline in art. That helped me
a lot.”
Hauswirth said Oran picked
it up quickly.
“Roberto defi nitely has a
gift,” she said. “He was very
open to taking the time to learn
the processes and to go through
all the steps. A lot of kids want
to take shortcuts, but the pro-
cess is as important as the fi nal
art piece.”
Oran has learned from sev-
eral artists over the years and
would like to pass along what
he’s learned to the next genera-
“Those things helped me
fi gure out how I want to do
it and to communicate with
younger generations,” he said.
“Don’t be selfi sh, but be shar-
ing. I want to contribute and
Oran is hoping to attend
Linfi eld College after fi nishing
at CCC. In the meantime, he
keeps in touch with his original
“I have stayed in touch with
Mrs. Hauswirth since high
school and try to contact her
once a month,” he said. “I ask
her things like how to price
the artwork. She’s always been
there, supporting me. I’m grate-
ful I met her in high school. If I
hadn’t had that class, I wouldn’t
be able to be here. I like how
she helped me and other stu-
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These Salem-Keizer houses of worship invite you to visit.
Call to list your church in our Worship Directory: (503) 390-1051
John Knox Presbyterian Church
8:30 am • 10 am • 11:30 am • 6 pm
503.304.4000 •
Saturday Evening
6:00 pm
Children’s Programs, Student and Adult Ministries
1755 Lockhaven Dr. NE Keizer
Sunday Morning
9:00 am
10:45 am
452 Cummings Lane North • 393-0404
Father Gary L. Zerr, Pastor
Saturday Vigil Liturgy: 5:30 p.m.
Sundays: 8:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
La Misa en Español: 12:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. John Neal, Pastor
Worship - 10:30 a.m.
Education Hour - 10:00 a.m.
Nursery Care Available
Jason Lee UMC
820 Jeff erson St. NE
Salem OR 97301
Dr. Jon F. Langenwalter, Pastor
The church with the purple doors
Worship at 9:30 am • Child Care Available
Faith Lutheran Church
4505 River Rd N • 393-4507
Sunday Schedule:
9:00 a.m. Children’s Church
9:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study
9:30 a.m. Children’s Activities
Virginia Eggert 10:30 a.m. Worship with Communion