Please join us in officially welcoming Patty Thurmond to the Clackamas County Arts Alliance! You may have seen Patty out and about in one of our AEP Galleries previously, but she recently become a staff member. And now that Patty is an official member of the Arts Alliance team, we thought we could get to know her by asking her our favorite series of questions. (Just like we made Keren answer previously.)

What excites you about working for the Arts Alliance?
I’m most excited about the Arts Alliance mission of keeping arts and culture central to life in Clackamas County. I believe that the arts and culture are essential for maintaining our humanity.

Any past work history/education you’d like to share that may be relevant?
I’m fascinated with the idea of art being everywhere and accessible for everyone. In college I researched and wrote about various public art programs and processes that tried to bring community members together through art. Also, I was an Art History major and was able to study in Florence, Italy for a year. There I saw and felt the value of having art in public places.

Do you have any personal interest or passion in the arts?
I have always loved to draw and took a lot of art classes in my school years. However, I never wanted to be an artist. Instead, I enjoyed using my drawing and observing skills and appreciated the freedom of creating with no real rules. I hope that someday I will be able to find the time to practice in some art form. For now I try to bring a little art and creativity into everything I do.

Now for our speed-networking silly questions… (Thanks for putting up with these, Patty!)

How different was your life two years ago?
One year ago I was driving an old car with a stick shift. Now I have an automatic. So much better!

Who is your celebrity look alike?
Someone told me I look like Sandra Bullock but I really don’t see it.

What is special about the place you grew up?
I grew up in Marin County, the area just north of San Francisco. The county has a wide range of protected open space and parks. I loved to go for hikes when I was growing up. I didn’t appreciate it enough at the time but the commitment the county and citizen have made to protect and preserve open space for everyone to enjoy is phenomenal.

If your life was a book, what would its title be?
Found Objects and Collage Techniques

What irrational fear do you have?
I’m afraid that a tree is going to fall on me.

What would be your spirit animal and why?
My spirit animal would be the bison. For some reason I relate to them being calm and docile, despite their enormous size. But I also like kitties.

What is your favorite dessert? 
I love the soft serve cones from Mike’s Drive-In, Oregon City. Vanilla-chocolate swirl.

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of it? 
Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast. I get goosebumps when Angela Lansbury sings the title song.

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Patty a bit better, just as we have. If you ever need to get in touch with Patty, feel free to email her at [email protected].

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