August 15, 2020
See the progress of the sculptures being created for the ORWM
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August 1, 2020
Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial Committee Meeting
A Zoom meeting was held at 10:02 am
The Committee: Chairman – Gene Foley, Treasurer – Dave Witter, Archivist/Artist – Michael Tieman, DAR Liaison – Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen, Rob Greene, Tom Akers, Eric Salbeda.
Fundraising/Grants - Gene Foley, Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen, Dave Witter.
Two new members were added to the Committee– Joel Simmons and Craig Keller.
Positions for PR and Marketing were not filled.
Discussions were concerning ongoing fundraising efforts and restructuring of the ORWM Committee.
July 16, 2020
“Artist Michael Tieman Announces Three Additional Life-Size Sculptures for the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial”
Beaverton, Oregon – July 16, 2020 – Local artist and President of the Oregon Sons of the American Revolution, Michael Tieman is working on three additional life-sized bronze sculptures for the Memorial. With the original three sculptures of a Minuteman, Militia soldier and Continental soldier, the new ones will be of a colonial Woman, Black soldier and Native American warrior.
“One of the nice things about the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial is that I can make changes. With the tenor of America today, it has made me think about three other groups that helped in the Revolution but have taken a back seat in the history of the War.
The colonial Woman to honor the ladies who were left at home to keep the family, farms, businesses and towns going during the War. They even volunteered to carry messages, spy and worked behind the scenes for the cause.
To represent the Black soldier’s contributions, I have decided to make the Memorial figure represent a soldier of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, the first Black military regiment.
To represent the Native American nations, I have chosen a warrior of the Oneida Nation. The Oneida Indian Nation became the first ally to America when they joined the colonists in their fight for independence during the American Revolutionary War.” Says Michael Tieman.
“Research is the key to accuracy. When I start a sculpture, my drawings always begin with the faces, that sets the right attitude I am looking for and that attitude sets the pose. The heart is the first thing I sculpt and then build the clay figure around it. Even though it is hidden, the heart gives the sculpture it’s soul. Attitude and soul make a sculpture alive.”
For the complete story of the ORWM and the sculptures, please read the ORWM blog at www.orevwarmem.blogspot.com
The ORWM Mission
“To construct a living, interactive memorial in the Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park to HONOR our patriot forefathers who served or assisted the colonies during the Revolutionary War and to EDUCATE our children and the future generations about the American Revolution and the price and responsibilities of FREEDOM.”
While the memorial will continue to be spearheaded by the Lewis & Clark Chapter of the Oregon Sons of the American Revolution, it also boasts patriotic materials and stories from partner organizations like the American Legion, City of Beaverton, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton School District, historical and genealogical societies, local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and many other local service organizations.
About Michael Tieman
As Michael Tieman sees it, “The role of an artist from the dawn of time has been as a visual storyteller. The stories my paintings and sculptures tell are ones of confidence, strength, passion, playful sophistication and the Celebration of Life.”
Tieman has sketched and painted since childhood and has spent almost six decades as a working artist, both as a graphic designer and a fine artist. Following the encouragement of a friend and gallery owner, Michael expanded his talents into sculptures cast in bronze. Tieman's sculptures are unique in that they are a combination of traditional figurative sculpture and his Impressionistic painting style. “I create my bronze sculpture as a three-dimensional painting; texture is the impasto brushstroke, color is the play of light and shadows across the surfaces, and detail is the free style movement of the impressionist style.”
Other links: Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial web site and Blog, Artist Michael Tieman’s web site and his Blog.
For more information please visit www.ORWM.org
President, Oregon Sons of the American Revolution
This has been a challenging year for all of us during the Covid-19 pandemic. Especially if you are a non-profit organization trying to raise money to build the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial.
This year all of the usual events we do to raise money have been cancelled. They included the Beaverton Memorial Day
Musket Volley Salute, Beaverton, OR: Lake Oswego Fourth of July Parade: July 10-16 National SAR Congress in Richmond, VA: Aug 15 Multnomah Village Parade Portland, OR. Plus we could not get out to organizations and schools to promote the Memorial. The balance of the year is up in the air for all of us, we can only pray it will be a better second half of the year.
Having said that, we do have good news to share.
In the last year we met our goal of selling all 13 of the State Benches. Our wreath sales for 2019 were 64 wreaths sold and we had good overall cash donations. In total our donations for 2019 amounted to over $28,000.
So far in 2020 we are doing better than we thought we would considering we cannot get out. We have sold 42 wreaths, and brought in over $3300 in donations.
All in all a positive start of the year.
We want to thank all of you who have donated to the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial and look forward to continuing to raise money and awareness for the Memorial.