Made for Mosier

Alan Root

Alan is a gifted artist/craftsman and third generation blacksmith who has deep roots in Mosier.  He spent many hours in his youth and early adulthood in the Mosier Valley helping his grandfather and grandmother with their farm. In later years he owned a blacksmithing and welding shop in downtown Mosier, and apprenticed as an Ornamental Ironworker in Portland. He has worked on and off for over 30 years on ornamental ironwork.

He made the bench that sits outside the Mosier library, a large piece of sculpture at the Hood River County Health building on June Street, numerous pieces that adorn the City of Mosier, which he created for the Mosier Centennial Celebration, and many other pieces scattered around the area.

Courtney Berens

Courtney Berens carries a heart for young people connecting them to their creative abilities. She herself, is a mother to four amazing and creative young people. Over the last ten years, she has worked with children through the arts, music, childcare and education in informal and formal settings. Through establishing fundamental art basics, young people will explore their natural creative gifts and learn new techniques to build confidence and skill.

Cynthia Caudill

Cynthia Caudill is a Master Recycler and has a BS in Elementary Education with 10 years of classroom experience in The Dalles and Portland. She has spent the past 5 years volunteering in area schools to teach recycling and recycled arts. Cynthia maintains a blog with topics relating to sustainability and includes ideas for creating with recycled materials. During 2012, she hosted the Reupurposing Challenge in which she created with a different hard to recycle material each month.

Allison Bell Fox

A graduate of HRVHS, Allison Fox ventured towards Big Sky Country to pursue a BFA at the University of Montana.  After returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Allison began focusing her artistic career as a free-lance graphic designer and artist. In the past few years, Allison has had the opportunity to work with several schools along the Columbia Gorge in creative collaborative murals with students of all ages.

Pamela Larsen

Pamela received a BA in Art History from Reed College and an MA in Humanities with a focus on Studio Art from Wesleyan University. In 1995, she became certified to teach English 9-12 and Art K-12 in the State of Oregon. As an educator for over fifteen years, Pamela has experience teaching in both pubic and independent schools in Oregon, Colorado, Tennessee and China. Pamela created and runs Dragonfly Creek Educational Program, which acknowledges all facets of the student: academic, emotional, social, creative, physical, and intellectual. With the belief that students learn best when different areas of study are connected, Dragonfly Creek provides an inquiry based integrated humanities program united by a central theme.

Ruth Longland

Ruth Longland started mosaicking with students while living in Mosier, Oregon, working extensively with the Mosier Community School. She helped create large scale collaborative projects for the Made for Mosier Fundraising Event for 4 consecutive years before moving to Hood River.

Kelsey Mosley

Kelsey Mosley holds a B.A. in Printmaking and Painting from the University of Virginia. She has taught from Waldorf to public schools to universities, with subjects ranging from second grade astronomy to college-level printmaking. She studied painting and printmaking in Italy ontwo separate occasions, and spent five years painting scenery in professional theaters. Her work can be viewed at

Shelly Toon

As a teaching artist and teacher trainer in Oregon, Washington and Alaska she specializes in arts integration and community arts. Her collaborative public works appear in schools, hospitals, public buildings and private businesses throughout the United States. Shelley studied fine arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder and arts education at Marylhurst University and Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Ruth Cutler

Ruth is an adored retired Mosier educator and artist. Her work is highly sought after and the center of many heated auctions at Mades for Mosier pasts.


Introducing our 2016 Made for Mosier Artists