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‘Behind the Bar’ exhibit on tap during Astoria Art Walk

March 10 event may be final chance to see show at Clatsop County Heritage Museum

Published on March 8, 2018 3:21PM

A piece by Arvi Ostrom


A piece by Arvi Ostrom

A piece by Arvi Ostrom


A piece by Arvi Ostrom

ASTORIA — The Clatsop County Heritage Museum will be participating in Astoria’s Second Saturday Art Walk 5 to 9 p.m. March 10.

This may be your final chance to see the temporary exhibit “Behind the Bar: The Folk Art of Arvi Ostrom and the Snug Harbor,” as the exhibit closes soon afterward.

“Behind the Bar” features a fraction of the more than 10,000 drawings, paintings and carvings created by Astoria’s prolific folk artist and saloon operator Arvi Ostrom. Many people may recall Arvi’s Uniontown tavern, the Snug Harbor, and his drawings, but few could imagine the breadth of his work and talent.

Upon Ostrom’s death in 1994, his grandson Ken Carlson became the caretaker of this vast collection. He has endeavored to preserve his grandfather’s legacy and share it with the public for the first time.

The Historical Society is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Clatsop County and the surrounding area. The Society operates the Flavel House Museum, the Heritage Museum, the Oregon Film Museum and the Uppertown Firefighters Museum.


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