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
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
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,
Mayor Chuck Bennett,
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
"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
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
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