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Vick Building to Host
Yost Pop-up Gallery

Roger Yost (with Alfie)
and Rebecca Maitland,
Bring the Art World to the
Historic Vick Building with
Interactive Event

    The Vick Building in Downtown Salem turns 100 in 2020 and Rebecca Maitland, curator at the Roger Yost Gallery, begins a year-long celebration May 25 when she stages a "trans-historical" exhibit ("Meet Me at the Vick") in the iconic building.
    Roger Yost moved his extensive art collection and antique clocks to the spacious Vick after selling the historic Reed and Capitol Center buildings in 2018.
    The Vick brothers created Salem's first automobile showroom in 1920 at the site (525 Trade Street SE), selling prestigious Packards, Ford autos and tractors, as well as the original Harleys.
    Ms. Maitland has since transformed the collection- which includes centuries old Dutch Masters and many contemporary works-into a temporary "Pop-up Gallery" with 16 thematic rooms. The mixing of new paintings with others dating back to the 1600s is called "transhistorical" in the art world.
    See VICK, Page 4

Pentacle Theatre Celebrates
65 Years of Community

    Sixty-five years ago, Salem was a very different city. There were barely 50,000 residents-that's less than 30 percent of what our population is today. Imagine Salem with only as many people as a small town like Albany.
    The city was under construction. Buildings like Salem High School and Grant School were being demolished to make way for future versions. Landmarks from the 1800s, like the historic John Carson House, were being torn down.
    But with demolition came new growth. The Salem we recognize today was taking shape. The new Marion County Courthouse opened in 1954 after two years of construction and South Salem High School became the second public high school built in the city. However, more essential to the spirit of the city than its buildings and streets was its growing arts and culture scene. Music and art were at the heart of Salem's social character. This was a time when radio was still popular, and most households were just purchasing their own TV sets.
    It was also 65 years ago that in an old barn, in a field in West Salem, one of the pillars of Salem's artistic community was beginning. Pentacle Theatre started as all great community endeavors do-it was the spark of an idea between friends with a common passion. As one of the founders, Bob Putnam, described, the idea came to life over a game of Bridge.
    See PENTACLE, Page 5


Capitol Auto Group raises $200,000
for Mid-Willamette Valley United Way

Alex Casebeer, Ron Hays,
Carrie Casebeer,
Scott Casebeer,
Matt Casebeer,
Mayor Chuck Bennett,
Bob Myers

    During their annual 28 Days of Love fundraiser, Capitol Auto Group (CAG) raised a company record $200,000 in donations for the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Over $180,000 of the donations came from employee pledges and payroll deductions.
    "Over 90 percent of our employees contributed to this amazing cause," said Carrie Casebeer, Marketing Director. "We even had 28 percent give $1,000 or more.
    I am so proud of our outstanding staff that care about their community." The annual 28 Days of Love campaign is comprised of various fundraising events. This year, the events included a bake sale, silent auction and Friday luncheons.
    The $200,000 check was presented to representatives of the United Way April 2, 2019. In attendance were Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett, Ron Hays, Mid-Willamette Valley United Way CEO, and members of the United Way and CAG staff. "When Carrie told me the astounding amount that Capitol employees had raised, I was left speechless," said Hays. "I didn't know what to say to that that could ever show our appreciation of that kind of generosity. Their employees are everyday heroes. People who give without any expectation of reciprocation or notoriety."
    In addition, Hays also mentioned that last year's donations helped fund a new homeless shelter and homeless shower.
    "This does not happen in Salem every day," said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. "There is a community... that supports groups like the United Way in a way that the city cannot. It makes it possible to meet the needs of the broader community."
    This year's donation was the largest ever given by CAG to the United Way of the Mid- Willamette Valley. It was also among the largest employee-funded donations that the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley has ever received.
    "Employees don't do this because they expect to get anything in return," said Scott Casebeer. "They do it because they care." To learn more about how to conduct your own giving campaign, visit the United Way at