After her husband, former Washougal School Board member Ron Dinius, moved to an assisted care facility in 2022, artist Tamara Dinius found herself alone on the couple’s 5-acre property in rural Washougal.
“It was sort of isolating,” she said. But over the past few months, Dinius hasn’t felt nearly as isolated as she used to feel, thanks to the presence and support of a few other local artists.
Tamara Dinius and five Clark County residents — Deborah Nagano, Angela Swanson, Regina Westmoreland, Elizabeth Nye and Ellen Nordgren — formed the Adret Artist Collective, a group of artists dedicated to creating unique, thought-provoking artwork that explores the boundaries of mixed media and multimedia techniques, earlier this year.
The artists share studio space at Dinius’ residence, where they feel free to come and go whenever they please.
“When I met these gals, it sort of became my ‘go-to,’” Dinius said. “Now I have people coming and going, and it’s just been lovely. For me, art is therapy. It’s how I work through the stress and everything of my daily life, and I think we all have some of that in common. All of us have baggage that we work through. To be in a group of others that understand is really helpful.”