Douglas Orr – Aberdeen, WA
Douglas Orr was raised in Grays Harbor, living in
Westport, Grayland, Hoquiam and Aberdeen.
At the age of 7 Douglas was first exposed to art by a young lady in his 1st grade class who taught him the idea of actually “seeing” instead of “perceiving” the world around him. At 14 he was given an oil painting set for his birthday and taught himself how to paint.
In his 20s while working at JCPenney as an Advertising and Display Specialist Doug opened Orr Gallery in downtown Aberdeen and began teaching young people basic drawing and painting. In an effort to advance his career at JCPenney he started taking classes at Grays Harbor College where he earned an Associate of Arts Degree before transferring to JCPenney in Long Beach California in 1986 where he began working on a Bachelor’s of Graphic Arts degree at California State University.
After 25 years, Doug left JCPenney and opened Four Olives Café, an upscale restaurant in Bixby Knoll’s. There he introduced many musicians and artists to Bixby Knolls by showcasing their talents in his restaurant.
During his six years as a restaurateur, he also served as Vice President of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company where he designed and built the lobby and theater space of the Richard Goad Theater, as well as contributed to the design and construction of many of the Shakespeare Company’s sets.
Then, what started out as an idea, ended up becoming a reality, as Doug began creating an arts center in 2008 in a vacant 25,000 square foot furniture store. Eventually the building would house two 1500 sq. ft. art galleries, two theaters, rehearsal spaces, a 3000 sq. ft. and a 5000 sq. ft. event halls. EXPO Arts Center now plays host to thousands of guests monthly as the center piece for the First Friday Long Beach Art Walk and some of the larger users of the space include the Long Beach Opera, the National Hot Rod Association and The National Veterans’ Museum of Chicago.
While Managing the EXPO Arts Center, Doug also owned and curated monthly exhibits at his own gallery, Gallery Expo, where he showcased local emerging artists and artists from across the country.
Doug is a Board Member of the Harbor Art Guild and a member of South Beach Arts, and Associated Arts of Ocean Shores and has painted The Hands & History mural in Aberdeen and is currently painting the Bubbles Mural on the D&R Theater in Aberdeen set to be completed in Summer 2017.
Douglas now lives in Aberdeen Washington where he bought a 16,500 sq. ft. old Eagles Hall in downtown and is actively working on creating an arts center. When complete The Aberdeen Art Center will feature
a class room, two art galleries, working artist studio spaces, a conference room free for arts organizations to meet and much more. Alder Grove Gallery, the conference room and class room in the Aberdeen Art Center are now open.