THE GEEZER GALLERY BOARD
President of the Board
Amy is the founder of The Geezer Gallery, and she has earned degrees in Interior Design, Business and Leadership, and Interdisciplinary Studies concentrating in Gerontology. She has a passion for championing senior citizens in the arts as well as creating a variety of therapeutic arts curricula which in turn lead to increased brain health, decreased depression, and improved social connections. She has established partnerships with Artists Repertory Theatre, OHSU, as well as utilizing existing populations at Station Place Tower, REACH, Mary’s Woods Juanita Pohl Center, Odd Fellows, Emerson House and others to explore these therapeutic interventions. A strong network of Sustainability Sponsors and Community Partners provide the wheels of exposure TGG strives to provide in this rich and culturally aware local environment.
Works in Corporate Social Responsibility with Portland General Electric; more than 20 years of experience in community relations and public affairs; focused on outreach, safety education, event planning and volunteer coordination. Has a strong commitment to community service and enjoys collaborating to maximize community relationships; works to strategically enhance the corporate reputation of Oregon’s largest electric utility in communities where PGE’s 2,700 employees live and work.
Linda Lawson is a passionate art appreciator with a strong commitment to building community and improving the quality of life for Oregonians. Professionally, she has led government relations efforts in Washington, DC to ensure the views of governors and states are represented in federal legislation and national policy. She also served as the administration’s representative on a White House interagency initiative to build better public access to federal programs and services. Most recently, she has been an innovative leader in helping to transform and integrate workforce, post-secondary and human services programs in states across the nation. When Linda moved back home to Portland in 2014 to be close to her aging parents, she joined The Geezer Gallery Board and enthusiastically harnesses her background to help advance its mission to bring therapeutic arts programs to elders in need in our community. Linda is an alumna of George Fox University.
Ray is originally from the East coast but really found his home in 1997 when he first arrived in Oregon. Also spending time in Arizona as well as a couple of years on the big island of Hawaii it’s clear that he draws inspiration from the natural world he surrounds himself with.
As a self-taught artist the body of Ray’s work varies from botanical illustrations using pen and ink stippling techniques, figurative nudes in graphite and charcoal to large abstract paintings of acrylic, watercolor, alcohol and India inks. The watercolor paint that he chooses to work with is an Oregon product that’s actually made from honey creating a smooth rich tone. Ray has shown his work in numerous galleries in Oregon and Hawaii.
Outside of art Ray’s best friend says he is a renaissance man with careers and commercial printing, professional baker, landscape designer and currently a licensed real estate agent. Currently Ray lives on 50 acres in McMinnville Oregon with his partner and two dogs. They’ve converted a 40-foot shipping container into an art studio by cutting out most of the walls and installing floor to ceiling windows and doors.
THE GEEZER GALLERY TEAM MEMBERS
Marcia Director was named executive director in 2019, after serving from 2012-2019 as development director to implement The Geezer Gallery’s development objectives. In addition to having a BA in political science and economics and an MA in public administration, she brings experience in fundraising at OMSI, Albertina Kerr Centers, Oregon College of Art & Craft and The Dougy Center. She has expanded The Geezer Gallery’s grant-seeking program, stewarded existing donors and cultivated potential new supporters, thereby strengthening relationships.
Administrator of Programs and Operations
Candyce Scott has been affiliated with The Geezer Gallery since 2011; first as an artist seeking representation, then as an art program facilitator. With an interdisciplinary degree from Marylhurst University in art and psychology she uses her knowledge to bring therapeutic art programs to older adults. As an artist she creates kinetic art to fill 2 and 3 story spaces. In the past she has been a small business owner, and has worked in public transportation as a computer technician. Today she also works part-time as a Residential Counselor for a drug and alcohol program.
The Geezer Gallery Curator and Gallery Director
As curator of exhibitions, Laura Huffaker is responsible for installation and rotation of exhibitions of the artworks of The Geezer Gallery’s artists. She is also program facilitator of Moment-to-Moment that is currently on hold due to the lockdown of senior residences. During this period, she has been helping with the creation and distribution of activities to multiple facilities. She received an Interdisciplinary degree from Marylhurst University with concentrations in art, psychology, and storytelling. She has worked with and studied a variety of mediums including clay, welding, block printing, and lamp working, along with the more traditional arts of painting, drawing, pastel, sculpture, and black and white photography.
Webmaster and Information Specialist
As the Webmaster for The Geezer Gallery, Cassandra maintains the website and edits and distributes the artists quarterly newsletter. She holds both a BS and a BA and works in healthcare. Arts and non-profits have always held a spot in her heart, making The Geezer Gallery a welcome project for her.
Therapeutic Art Program Facilitator
Manuela was born in Lisbon, Portugal. She studied Fine Art at the Superior Academy of Fine Arts and received a BFA in painting and sculpting. In the US she worked as an assistant fragrance buyer for Nordstrom and a Market Manager for Clarins Fragrance Group / New York. Her love of art and giving back to the community attracted her to The Geezer Gallery as a therapeutic art assistant, and she then became a part of The Geezer Gallery staff.
Valarie (Rea) Newman
Therapeutic Art Program Facilitator
Valerie graduated from Marylhurst University with a BA in Literature with a Writing
focus. She is a Portland writer whose primary genre is Creative Non-Fiction. She uses her writing to
enact social change by making those humans who are invisible visible. Valarie has created her own
curriculum for a psycho-educational group that she has facilitated for the last eight years at a Women’s
Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program. Her curriculum specifically targets women who self-
identify as having been sexually exploited through the commercial sex trade or other forms of sexual
violence. She started at The Geezer Gallery on a volunteer basis and recently joined the staff as a
therapeutic art assistant.