On October 16, Austin Raglione’s “paint your own pottery” Mimosa Studios at 1718 N.E. Alberta St. will celebrate 15 years of business. Painters will get a 15 percent discount throughout the day and cake, snacks and party favors will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m.
“Fifteen years on Alberta Street corresponds with my 15 years of sobriety, so this year is especially meaningful for me and my family,” said Raglione. “People from all over Portland come here to paint ceramics and enjoy our family-friendly atmosphere. We have dedicated our efforts to creating a sense of community, where everyone is welcomed and appreciated and all artistic endeavors, no matter the level, are encouraged and celebrated.”
Raglione opened Mimosa Studios in the emerging Alberta Arts district in 2001 and in 2013, after working at the city of Portland for 23 years, retired to work in the family-run business full-time.
Raglione’s daughter-in-law, Allison Chown, managed the studio for three years before taking a break a year ago to give birth to Raglione’s grandson, Cameron. While growing up and before establishing careers of their own, Raglione’s children – Gabriella and Kyle – worked in the studio seasonally. Kyle is now part owner of one of Portland’s oldest family owned businesses, Chown Hardware, and Gabriella works at a family-owned design and retail firm in Los Angeles.
Mimosa Studios started building community partnerships from the their first day of business, inviting neighborhood children to paint free tiles that now hang in two large panels outside the shop’s front facade. Over the years, the shop has donated hundreds of auction items and projects to community organizations and schools.
“Being an active community member is at the core of our mission and something that I’m deeply committed to,” said Raglione. “I believe it’s essential that businesses support the communities that support them. Not only is it the right thing to do, it feeds my soul. My motto is ‘Let’s take care of each other.’”
A percentage of the anniversary weekend’s proceeds will be donated to a drug and alcohol program that helps men with drug addictions and criminal backgrounds turn their lives around.
“Some of the most meaningful projects we’ve donated over the years are two tile murals celebrating recovery from addiction,” said Raglione. “One hangs at the DePaul Youth Program in Northeast Portland and the other will soon be installed at the Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Center, where I volunteer. Center residents, staff and volunteers each painted a tile depicting what recovery means to them. Another project close to my heart is the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program. We go in with the girls to visit their incarcerated mothers and paint pottery together. The opportunity to paint holiday ornaments with those kids and their moms has been such a gift. It was awesome to see them connect and have fun while painting family mementos in a prison, looking forward to the hope of happier days ahead.”
The Mimosa celebration lasts all day Sunday, October 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (503) 288-0070 or visit www.mimosa-studios.com.