McMinnville Takes The Arts Outside

COVID-19 has temporarily closed our theaters and concert halls, but like a balloon you try mashing to the floor, music and plays are popping up elsewhere — outdoors, namely. Masks and social distancing notwithstanding, local arts continue to find new modes of expression.

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Art Finds a Way: Art Galleries Reopen in McMinnville

Art finds a way.

That’s been my mantra this spring, a riff off Dr. Ian Malcom’s line in Jurassic Park, “Life finds a way.” Not even pandemics can keep painters from painting, singers from singing, writers from writing, or dancers from dancing. They may find their audiences, and even new audiences differently — but art clearly does find a way.

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Getting Out: Bikes Are Popular Again

The roads throughout McMinnville and Yamhill County are waiting to be explored and now that some businesses are reopening, it’s possible to stop along the way for a coffee, a cold drink or a bite to eat. Tasting rooms can again provide a sip of wine.

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Tiny Travels: Travel By Foot to McMinnville’s Newest Public Art Sculpture

I’ve never been much for a meander. I prefer a walk with purpose. But the purpose of most of our family walks these days has more to do with preserving our sanity than anything else. Lately, instead of our regular basic loop through the same old neighborhoods, we’ve been walking to visit the new public art sculpture by Travis Stewart, “Coyote,” which has taken up permanent residence in the roundabout where Northwest Baker Creek Road meets Northwest Hill Road.

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11 Virtual Backgrounds from McMinnville’s Backyard

Even as McMinnville takes our first baby steps toward re-opening, many folks will continue to work and play from home. This means that meetings and meet-ups will continue to take place via Zoom. So, why not download one (or all) of these backgrounds to keep things interesting?

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6 Ways to Support McMinnville Businesses Right Now

We will come out on the other end of this ordeal. But the perception that the whole world has come to a screeching halt is inaccurate. To varying degrees, we all continue to be consumers and in being so, we all wield the power to help ease the strain and uncertainty many of our businesses and community members are experiencing right now. The only action needed is to check off a few items on this to-do list!

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