Creative Life

Artistic expression is essential to the Willamette View culture in a way that distinguishes us from other senior living communities. A full range of creative programs and spaces are available and supported throughout the campus, attracting lifelong and professional artists to move here. In addition, many other residents have begun or revived artistic pursuits in our onsite artworks studio and woodworking shops.

A woman painting in an art studio
Pat Loken

artworks at Willamette View

    • A drop-in, staffed, community art studio for beginners and accomplished artists alike. A monthly calendar and newsletter highlight current offerings, which can include:
    • Open studio for working in ceramics, fused glass, fiber arts, drawing, painting, mono-printing, collage, bookmaking, jewelry and much more.
    • Demonstrations, workshops and lectures led by residents, staff and guest artists.
    • Organized off-campus trips to galleries, classes and art fairs.
    • Intergenerational opportunities; family and friends are also invited to participate with residents.
Featured: Dan Rego
hands holding a tool that is etching into a clay form
A calligraphy group class
Jazz group playing their instruments

Connect and Create

Learn something new, pursue a solo talent or connect with others who share your interests. Offerings can include:

    • Jazz Up – jazz ensemble featuring Willamette View residents.
    • Willamette View Chorus – 40 voices with a professional director.
    • Scribblers – a writing group.
    • The Blue Heron Players – resident-actors who perform plays for the community.
    • Two woodworking shops.
    • Five galleries that exhibit resident work on a rotating basis.
Featured: Dale Harris, Ken Bates, Dan Merrell; Junpei Sekino; Klaus Mahr
A man showing two younger women a piece of art displayed in the hallway
A man highlighting a bird feeder he made