From left to right: CCC Painting students Jeff Donnelly, Allyson Preston, Arianna Nelson, Dick Magathan, and instructor Kristin Shauck showing off boxes by various participating CCC art students.

Ales & Ideas The GIANT Give: Creative Community Connections with CCC’s Kristin Shauck and Portland’s Cinnamon-Bun Philanthropist Whitney Rutz.

Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery + Public House are pleased to announce the March event in the 2020-21 Ales & Ideas lecture series—broadcast live from the Lovell Showroom via Fort George Brewery Facebook LIVE.  On Thursday, March 4, at 7pm CCC Painting Instructor Kristin Shauck will present The GIANT Give: Creative Community Connections in the Time of COVID to include a special ZOOM-based interview with Portland’s Whitney Rutz.

This month’s Ales & Ideas celebrates arts-based social action with special focus on CCC’s current partnership with Whitney’s Giant Ass Cinnamon Roll efforts to support the Oregon Food Bank network.  The Clatsop Community College art program and Royal Nebeker Gallery have a rich and generous history supporting arts-based social action in our rural communities: from scholarship art auctions, to paintings-for-puppies to support Clatsop Animal Assistance; from sea turtle conservation to the Women’s Resource Center Soup Bowl Project; these are just a few projects CCC faculty and students have supported in recent years.  And now, during COVID-19, CCC’s beloved Kristin Shauck has reached across county lines collaborating with Portland artists/activists to combat food insecurity while offering purpose to lift the spirits of local artists.

Whitney Rutz started baking giant cinnamon rolls for healthcare workers during the first weeks of COVID lockdown. More than 125 rolls later, she has raised over $55,000 for the Oregon Food Bank which has experienced a 70% increase in demand since COVID-19 hit the state of Oregon. Beginning as a collaboration with Portland artists to make uniquely designed and decorated cake boxes, the fundraising effort took off to autographed portraits of singer k.d. lang and NBA coach Terry Stotts. One box earned a donation of more than $3500!  More recently, for the past two months, Lower Columbia artists have embraced Whitney’s fundraising approach by decorating their own giant-ass cinnamon roll boxes to be displayed throughout the month of March in the Royal Nebeker Gallery. Since we can’t gather in large groups for a Gallery Opening, we hope devotees of the local arts scene will instead tune in to meet Whitney, while learning from Kristin about diverse efforts in arts-based social action both regionally and across the globe.  This promises to be an uplifting evening, and audience members will learn how to bid on their very own “Giant-Ass Cinnamon Roll” art box to support the Clatsop County Food Bank.

Although Fort George cannot host live audience members at this event, anyone with a computer, pad, or smartphone is welcome to find their way to The event will go live by 6:50 pm with the presentation beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m.  Virtual participants can pose questions of speakers through a monitored Facebook comments section. To order Fort George food and beverage for pick-up, visit Please be sure to thank the folks at our local Public House for continuing free community lectures—now with a virtual twist.

Kristin Shauck is currently completing her seventeenth year teaching painting, drawing, and design at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, where she also serves as founding director of Au Naturel:  the Nude in the 21st Century, an annual international competition of figurative art.  She has exhibited her own artwork in various regional and national exhibitions as well as internationally in England, Japan, and India.  Kristin holds a BFA from Baylor University in Waco, Texas (1989), an MFA degree in painting and drawing from Texas A&M Commerce (1993), and taught at the college level in both Texas and South Dakota before relocating to Astoria.

Whitney Rutz is a software consultant by day, who turned the COVID-19 isolation into a $55,000 fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank. She, along with her 7-year old daughter, Elsa, made giant cinnamon rolls for healthcare workers for every $500 raised. When she’s not baking cinnamon rolls, she enjoys wine tasting, outdoor adventures, and spending time with her family and friends.

Non-Discrimination Declaration- It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Desiree Noah, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer, Lower Library, Suite 103, 503-338- 2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Director of Student Access Services, Mallory Vollner, is in Columbia Hall, Suite 111, 503-338-2474.

Accommodations- Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Lower Library Suite 110, Phone (503) 338-2421 or TDD (503) 338-2468. Please send special needs and accommodations requests here. Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.

Declaración de no-discriminación- Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, sexo, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Desiree Noah, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en Library número 103 número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. Director de Servicios de acceso para estudiantes, Mallory Vollner, se encuentra en Columbia Hall, numero 111, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.

Ayuda a personas discapacitadas- En cuanto a las personas discapacitadas, se les pide que se comuniquen con JoAnn Zahn, la Vice Presidente de Finanzas y Operaciones en Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Library Suite 110, número teléfonico (503) 338-2421 o a TDD (503) 338-2468. Haga el favor de notificar a la oficina para que se le pueda proporcionar apoyo. La comunicación debe tomar lugar por lo menos dos días de trabajo antes del evento por el cual se requiera tal ayuda. Para más información, vea la página Web de Clatsop Community College bajo Información en Español.


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