Dorena Historical Society

Robert Drenner, Wildlife Artist

Noted Wildlife Artist, Robert Drenner lived in Culp Creek from 1934 until his death at age 77 in 1971. He purchased land on Lower Brice Creek Rd in 1934 and completed a large lodge style house by 1940.  The land was originally settled by George and Sarah Kerr.

Drenner house culp creek

Mr Drenner was passionate about wildlife and natural history.  He chaired the Oregon Centennial Commission in 1959 and was instrumental in bringing about the reenactment of the Oregon Trail that year. He produced historic pageants in the Cottage Grove  area, starting with a cast of 4 kids in Culp Creek.

Photo courtesy of the Cottage Grove Historical Society

Photo courtesy of the Cottage Grove Historical Society

Drenner dressed for one of his Historical Pageants.

 

drenner school 2

In 1940 he produced a large mural for the then brand new Cottage Grove High School.  The mural was salvaged and is being stored by the Stewart Foundation.

A number of paintings by Drenner hung in the old Cottage Grove Public Library in the building that now houses the Woodard Foundation.

Drenner painting (1)

These beautiful geese are among them.

Drenner Signature (4)

 

This detail shows Drenner’s signature.

These excerpts from a 1947 article about Drenner in the Portland Oregonian show the detail and care that went into his work.

Drenner article part 1

Drenner Article2 (2)

This whimsical plate by Drenner showed up on Etsy recently.

Drenner Owl plate

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