The MHAO Mission
Mt. Hood Art Online (MHAO) is a gallery and organization committed to fulfilling the needs of fine art patrons locally, regionally and world-wide by facilitating their interface with Northwest Oregon artists; furthering educational and promotional interests of area artists and supporting educational and the professional goals of local and regional art organizations.
MHAO History and Future
Mt Hood Art Online (MHAO), like all great things, was born out of necessity. Caryn Tilton, the founder of the site came up with the idea when taking a class by Beth Verheyden, the current president of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She discovered many of her fellow classmates were fantastic artists but they all needed a little help marketing their work online. Caryn used her years as an entrepreneur and her expertise as a website developer to build an online gallery for her and her fellow artists to show and sell their work.
Fast-forward to 2017, Caryn found herself running a thriving website with 20+ artists while also trying to keep up with her large family, newly retired husband, and caring for her mother. She was ready to retire and made it known in the community that she was looking for someone to take over and continue to grow it.
New Ownership of Mt Hood Art Online
Colleen Chesbrough attended Portland State University as a business and art major. Experienced running an art gallery, she’s worked in sales and marketing for over 15 years. Following her dreams to one day own a gallery, Colleen gladly accepted the opportunity to take over what is fondly now known as MHAO.
With a strong foundation already built it hasn’t taken long for Colleen and her webmaster to update the website bringing it into the e-commerce world of sales. The site is capable of featuring a larger number of artists, taking all payment types, and offering print on demand (POD) prints of artists work in a variety of styles and prices. These changes have taken the gallery out of the small-town market and placed it on the same level as the major online marketplaces.
MHAO brings the national online gallery platform to the local artist and art patron and is eager to be part of bringing local art to the national market.