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November local artist of the month: Ron Sheldon

artwork by Ron Sheldon

artwork by Ron Sheldon

Every month on our Art Display wall (the wall behind the New Books), we feature artwork by a different local artist. November’s  Artist of the Month is Ron Sheldon.

Here he is in his own words:


My art career all started when my wife gave me an all day watercolor art lesson as a birthday gift for my sixtieth birthday.  Soon I was offering my watercolors for sale.  After several years as a watercolor artist I started experimenting with ways to show them without glass.  My experimenting led me to try painting on other surfaces.  That is when I discovered copper.

Painting on copper presents several challenges.  Of course watercolors wouldn’t stay on the copper so a new medium was needed. Eventually, through trial and error…mostly error, I developed what you see now.

I start with pure copper rolls and cut the size I need.  Then I patina the copper. The first step in doing the patina is to create a heat pattern on the copper with a torch.  Then I put the copper through a three stage acid bath.  Interesting random colors and patterns emerge as the copper cures.

I have drawn numerous simple images on heavy translucent paper.   I decide what drawing would look good on the patina pattern and trace it into the back of the copper.  The paper being translucent lets me do the image reverse if I want.  Then I put the copper face down on a foam pad and slightly push out the image with small Teflon hand tools.

The next step is to remove the patina from the image with a burnishing wheel so I can paint on the bright copper.  I use semi transparent alcohol inks to color the image.  This lets the glow of the bright copper enhance the color.

I sometimes add metal foil highlights, a process I developed, such as the water splash on the jumping fish.  Then I seal the finished painting with a museum quality spray varnish.  On the bigger pieces I backfill the pushed out area.

The finished painting is then framed as wall art.

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For more information about the Art Display wall, contact Art Gallery Coordinator Karen Brennan at or 503-682-2744.

First Friday Film (10/7) – Documentary/Health with humor

Fat, Sick, and Nearly DeadJoin us for the “First Friday Film” on October 7, at 6:00 p.m. The movie is free and snacks will be available to buy, or you can bring your own.

Friday, October 7th, 6:00 p.m. in the Oak Room

Overweight Australian filmmaker Joe Cross attempts to wrestle back control of his failing health during a cross-country trek in which he engages everyday Americans in discussions about food and obesity in this lighthearted documentary addressing a deadly serious subject.

Clocking in at 310 pounds and pumped full of steroids to battle a debilitating autoimmune disorder, Cross realized that he would soon be dead if he didn’t make some major lifestyle changes. But pharmaceuticals were only treating his symptoms, and no doctor seemed capable of providing the long-term care and support it would take to turn his life around.

Desperate, Cross loads up his car with a juicer and a generator, and pledges to survive on nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Not long after his journey begins, Cross quickly realizes that he’s well on his way to ending his growing dependence on prescription drugs. His body has begun to heal itself, and as the process continues, Cross attempts to prove just how empowering it can be to take responsibility for our own health.

Awards won by this documentary:

Best Documentary Feature
Iowa Independent Film Festival

Turning Point Award
Sonoma International Film Festival

Audience Choice Award – Documentary
Sonoma International Film Festival


First Friday Film
Date: 10/7/2011
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: Free. Snacks available for purchase, or bring your own!
Location: Wilsonville Public Library – Oak Room

For more information, call the Library at 503-682-2744 or e-mail

“A Disorder Peculiar to the Country” by Ken Kalfus

"A Disorder Peculiar to the Country" by Ken Kalfus

"A Disorder Peculiar to the Country" by Ken Kalfus

Title/Author: “A Disorder Peculiar to the Country” by Ken Kalfus

Genre: General Fiction

Rating: 1 out of 5

WV Reader Review: On page 3 there was written a sentence that lead me to believe there was some dark humor in the book. No way. There was just two of the most unlikable people going through a divorce following 9/11. This is not so much a book review as it is a warning. Don’t bother reading it.

Library Closes Early due to Snow

The Library is closing early due to snow and worsening road conditions. We will monitor the weather to make a determination for opening tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience..
Pat Duke, Library Director

Booknotes Concert Cancelled

Because of the weather, the Booknotes Concert scheduled for 2 pm today has been CANCELLED.

We apologize for the inconvenience..

Library open until 9 PM for the heat wave

Our air conditioning is working, so come on down and enjoy a magazine, newspaper, or even a book in one of our comfy chairs.

Since it looks like the heat wave will be primarily today and tomorrow, we’ll be open the following hours:

Tuesday, July 28 – 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29 – 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 30 – CLOSED for the migration of our new catalog

Hopefully the heat wave will abate, and hopefully the new catalog will start right up for Friday. Keep your fingers crossed!

Library open regular hours

Barring more wintry weather (which the forecasts are not predicting), the Library will be open regular hours starting today.

Due to the inclement weather, we have extended the date for returning items without overdue fines. There are no overdue fines for items returned at the Wilsonville Library through January 1.

Thank you for your patience, and welcome back to the Library!