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Artistic Expressions

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GALLERY: Artist Tammy proudly presents a pillow she made, one of the many works of art she’s created recently.
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COLORS: Completed artwork lines a wall of the studio, ready to be on display at Expressions.

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com

Three years ago, Carey Services transformed a storage room into a space for clients to create art and express themselves.

They named the space the Creative Hearts Art Studio.

Artists with the Creative Abundance Group partnered with Carey Services to launch a two-week residency, which resulted in Expressions: A Community Art Experience.

Expressions is a “pseudo open house” that allows the public to see, and potentially purchase, the artwork that came out of the studio tonight from 6-8 p.m.

But Carey Services President and CEO James Allbaugh said Expressions offers something other open houses might not, allowing attendees to meet and interact with the artists.

“You go to some of these events and you don’t see the people that are impacted,” Allbaugh said.

While the event has traditionally been held at other venues, like Roseburg Event Center, this year, it will be in the Carey Services building.

The public will have a chance to not only see art and interact with the creators, but also see where it all takes place.

“We wanted the community to be sure they knew the magic was happening here,” Allbaugh said.

That magic includes handcrafted jewelry, pillows, paintings, signs and even large papier-mache figures.

One prominent figure is Lily the Lightning Bug, who was created after Governor Eric Holcomb named Say’s Firefly as the state insect.

Allbaugh said a smaller version of Lily has been on the move, traveling throughout the area as a fun way for people to engage with the organization over social media.

Individuals will have a chance to spot Lily as they tour the facility and take in the art.

But people can participate beyond just looking.

There will be a collaborative art project commemorating Carey Services’ 65th anniversary, offering people an opportunity to see how the artists make their ideas come to life.

“They have ideas, we just try to make it happen,” Laurie Marx, a Carey Services employee, said.

This years theme for the event is “Pursue Your Passion,” allowing artists to create a variety of pieces.

Some of the pieces the artists have created lately include pour paintings with swirls of color, stained glass images using foil and countless images of flowers and animals.

The event is a relaxed open house and free to the public, with appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction.