New Mural in Oregon City to be Presented before the Oregon City Art Commission!

A Tribal Art Piece Depicting the Story of how Coyote and Meadowlark Created Willamette Falls

On Thursday May 19th, the Three Rivers Artist Guild with Confederated Tribal artist, Brian Krehbiel will be presenting a potential mural for final approval to the Oregon City Art Commission. The project is funded by the Metro Enhancement grant that TRAG received in 2021. The Art Commission meeting starts at 7 but the mural presentation will start about 7:30-7:45. Tamara Scott, president of TRAG will also be giving a presentation beforehand regarding the Guild and potentially how the Art Commission can support TRAG. The mural presentation will follow immediately after. 

The mural is planned for the side of White Rabbit Black Ink on the corner of 99 and Main in Oregon City. The artist, Brian Krehbiel, is a Confederated tribe member and will be depicting the tribal story of how Coyote and Meadowlark created Willamette Falls. It will cover a space of approximately 75′ x 19′ and is in the artistic genre of Tribal art. 

We are especially excited that Brian will start off the presentation before the Art Commission with a tribal song. If approved, the mural will begin on June 1st. Brian will also be starting the actual painting of the mural with a ceremonious tribal blessing song that day.

The public is welcome at all commission meetings either by Zoom or in person at the City Hall building at 625 Center Street in Oregon City. If you would like to attend by zoom, please contact Dan Gering at for the zoom link. The Agenda can be found on the City website at

Call for Three Artists – Request for Qualifications



ISSUE DATE:  MAY 16, 2022



Event Overview 

The cities of Oregon City and West Linn along with the Oregon Department of Transportation are holding an event in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the iconic Arch Bridge. The all-day event will take place on October 1, 2022. Various activities will be offered to the public throughout the day including special collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. One of the activities is an interactive community Art mural that connects, as does the bridge, Oregon City and West Linn. 

About the Arch Bridge Committee

The Arch Bridge Committee is comprised of more than 20 participants from West Linn, Oregon City, the Confederated Tribes, and the Department of Transportation. Selection of the appointed artists will be managed by a subcommittee of 6 people representing the OC and West Linn Chamber of Commerce’s, the Confederated Tribes, and artists from West Linn and Oregon City.

Project Summary

The project will consist of a 3-panel mural – represented by West Linn, Oregon City, and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Each panel will be 8’L x 4’H. The chosen artist will depict a perspective of the bridge from the West Linn end, the Oregon city end, and the middle of the bridge from the Tribes/Willamette Falls perspective. The artist would create an outline of their concept on the panel with designated colors and matching numbers (think a “paint by numbers” piece). Each panel will be transported to the event where tables will be set up with paints and brushes. The public would be invited to paint the mural. The chosen artists would be asked to participate the day of the event to help with painting.

Arch Bridge Committee ResponsibilityArtist’s Responsibility
An 8’x4’ primed panel to be delivered to the ArtistCreate a concept of the assigned bridge perspective and depict that as an outline on the panel. Specify colors with designated numbers (think a paint by numbers piece).
All paints and materials for the public’s participationCoordinate with the other two artists for colors and design – a potential of not more than 2-3 meetings
Transportation of the finished panel to the eventParticipate the day of the event to assist the public with painting the mural.
Additional help and volunteers for the day of the event

Budget and Artists’ Compensation

Each artist will receive $750 for their individual mural piece and for participating the day of the event to assist the public. The Arch Bridge Committee will pick up additional costs associated with panel transportation, paints and materials for the public, and any potential materials to safely secure the panels while the public is painting them. 


Request for Qualifications IssuedMay 16,2022
RFQ DeadlineJune 17, 2022
Selection of Artists announcedJuly 1, 2022
First Artists’ meetingJuly 12,2022
Delivery of panel to ArtistAugust 1, 2022
Second Artists’ meetingSeptember 6, 2022
Pick up of finished panelSeptember 30, 2022
* Dates may change or meetings added as to the discretion of the artists

Selection Process

A 6-person subcommittee of the Arch Bridge Committee will review all applications. Three artists will be selected. Artists will be representatives of West Linn, Oregon City, and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. 

The following criteria will be used in selecting the artists:

  1. Preference for an artist whose residence is either in Oregon City or West Linn, and/or a member of the Confederated Tribes
  2. Demonstrated successful experience in community interactive art projects
  3. Demonstrated success in outdoor murals
  4. Demonstrated success in coordinating project activities with partners and the public
  5. Ability to meet deadlines of projects with similar scope
  6. Success in translating or expressing concepts and themes through artwork
  7. Level of expertise and recognition as demonstrated by the following:
    1. Works included in private public, corporate or museum collections
    2. Participation in gallery or museum exhibits
    3. Awards, grants, or other types of recognitions and accomplishments

Application and Submission requirements. Interested artists should submit a document with the following requirements. 

  1. Place of residence and/or statement of Confederate Tribe affiliation
  2. A letter describing your interest in the project as well as your preliminary vision and plan for the artwork (200 words maximum)
  3. Description of medium, process, and method the artist uses to create works of art (200 words maximum)
  4. 1-3 examples of previous works (jpeg, pdf, website or Instagram links) with Title, year, dimensions, medium, brief description.
  5. Artist’s statement (200 words maximum)
  6. Name, email, and phone number of 2 individuals who can speak to the range and quality of the artist’s experience and artwork as well as follow through with commissioned works. 

Plans are currently being discussed for pieces to be permanently displayed following the event. 
Applications and attachments can be sent to Trieste Andrews at Please use that email for any questions or clarifications.

Survey for the TRAG Membership, Part 2

This is one final survey that we ask you to participate in. The response to the April survey was great, now we need to narrow things down for what to offer the rest of this year.  Please see below one final survey where we’re asking you to mark your top three topics for meetings, top three topics for workshops (still working on whether we can do those this year or not), three top community ideas, and top 2 long-range “dreams”.  Please, please, please (☺) participate in this last survey to help us build a great TRAG program for the remainder of this year!

Tamara Scott,
TRAG President

Workshop ideas: (Please pick your top three choices)(Required)
Meeting Ideas: (Please pick your top three choices)
Community Ideas: (Please pick your top three choices)
Dream Ideas (long-term projects/ideas): (Please pick your top two choices)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Call for Volunteers: OCFOTA 2022

Oregon City Festival of the Arts logo

Volunteers needed!

By Kerry Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator for OCFOTA

The Oregon City Festival of the Arts is coming up on August 13 and 14 and we are looking for volunteers to help out. Whatever time you can contribute would be greatly appreciated – whether it is a couple of hours, a morning, afternoon – or even the whole weekend!

If you have a child or grandchild over 15 who would like to help out – make it a family event! It’s going to be a fun weekend with a large variety of artists’ booths, all day live musical performances, food vendors and entertainment and a silent auction. A great way to contribute while you enjoy the Festival of the Arts.

If you have any questions, contact Kerry Edwards at

Please use the form below to apply.


Friday, August 12th

Volunteers are needed 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Help is needed in the following areas:

  • Help with venue set up.
  • Check Artists in.
  • Direct Artists to their booth assignment.
  • Assist with setting up of Artists’ booths if needed.
Pick Your Time Slot(s) for Friday
You can choose more than one!

Saturday, August 13th

Volunteers are needed 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Help is needed in the following areas:

  • Check Artists in.
  • Direct Artists to their booth assignment.
  • Assist with setting up of Artists’ booths if needed.
  • Greet the public as they enter the Festival with a program map and click with a counter you will be given to track attendance.
  • Help at TRAG booth giving out informational brochures.
  • Assist with Silent Auction booth.
  • Distribute snacks and water to Artists.
  • Relieve Artists for Breaks.
  • Assist with periodic trash removal.
Pick Your Time Slot(s) for Saturday
You can choose more than one!

Sunday, August 15th

Volunteers are needed 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Help is needed in the following areas:

  • Greet the public as they enter the Festival with a program map and click with a counter you will be given to track attendance.
  • Help at TRAG booth giving out informational brochures.
  • Assist with Silent Auction booth.
  • Distribute snacks and water to Artists.
  • Relieve Artists for Breaks.
  • Assist with periodic trash removal.
  • Assist Artists with booth breakdown if needed. Direct Artists out of the Festival
  • Assist cleaning grounds after Artists have left
Pick Your Time Slot(s) for Sunday
You can choose more than one!
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Spring Fling 2022 Review

By Lynda Orzen, Spring Fling Coordinator

The weather wasn’t the best for our 2-day art event but still had quite a few visitors. Having smaller crowds meant visitors had more time to talk with artists. We had to bring in our artists that were going to set up outside, making for cozier conditions inside. Soul Flags kept the little ones busy making Mother’s Day cards.

A huge Thank You to Rose Holden for inviting us to use her facility for our art event!

Tie dye and learn to garden with beneficial insects!

During this workshop we will learn all about the good insects in your garden and how to encourage their presence. We know about how great ladybugs and praying mantids are, but did you know there are many more awesome insects out there that can help eat those pesky caterpillars and aphids? Students will also receive several handouts that contain helpful resources and information on beneficial insects and pollinators.

Then we will tie dye! There will be PLENTY of vibrant colors available, and we will have several different tie dye styles that students can choose.  Bandanas will be provided, and if students would like to decorate an additional item they are welcome to bring a piece of cotton clothing that has been washed.

Cost: $50

Date and time: 6:30-8pm
Wednesday June 8th

This class is for ages 6 and up

Please visit this site to signup:

About the instructor: Heather Andrews is a research entomologist at Oregon State University.  She works at a university extension office in Aurora where she studies growing practices in orchard crops that minimize their negative impact on the environment while maximizing yield.  In her free time Heather makes jewelry, draws and also plays the harp.

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Call for Artists: Square Foot Community Art Show

Submission May 15-29
Show Reception June 4

Free, non-juried show! 

It’s hip to be square!  If you would like to submit work to the Square Foot Show:

1. Fill out the applicationApplication

2. Make art on a deep American Easel Birch Board 12X12” add attach wire mount for hanging. Your name should be written on the back of your artwork.
3. Drop off your 12″x12″ artwork to:

Art Department LLC
254 Commercial St NE
Salem OR 97301


  • All media are accepted as long as the work fits in or on the deep 12″x12″ American Easel Birch Board, hanging vertically.
  • All work must be ready to hang with appropriate wire hardware to be accepted.
  • Print your name on the back of your artwork. 
  • Work is due Saturday, May 29, 2021 by no later than 5pm.
  • The opening reception will take place at the Art Department Concrete Gallery on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 5pm-8pm. The exhibition will run until June 20, 2021.
  • Pick up Artwork June 22-29.
  • Work must be picked up within 15 days after the exhibition end date.
  • While the Art Department will make every reasonable effort to keep your artwork safe, it is the responsibly of the artist to insure the full value of your artwork. The Art Department is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged art.
  • For questions please contact: 

Rental Sales Gallery – Open Call for New Member Artists

Submissions will be made online, from Friday, July 1st – Friday, July 22nd (please note that submissions cannot be made outside of these dates). The jury will then consider the works and a decision will be made as to which artists are to become Members. The Show will open to the public on Friday, August 26th 2022, from 4-7pm.

The Rental Sales Gallery will be hosting an open call for new Member Artists in 2022! Here will be an opportunity to join RSG and showcase your works here in the Gallery and through our website.

For more information, contact us at

A visit to the Gallery is recommended, to explore work on exhibition by current Gallery artists. This will provide an opportunity to learn about the variety of framing solutions, sizes, techniques, styles, and prices available to our Gallery clients.

Calling All TRAG members Who Offer Classes, Workshops, or Private Teaching!

Starting this May, a new section on the TRAG website will feature all members who offer classes, workshops, art demos, or private teaching. 

If you are interested in being added, please fill out the short form below.

Call for Artists: Lincoln High School Mural Opportunity | Portland, Oregon

Submissions Due: 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

On behalf of Portland Public Schools (PPS), the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites artists/artist teams who are either based in Oregon & Southwest Washington or attended Lincoln High School to submit their qualifications to be considered for a site-specific mural at the newly rebuilt Lincoln High School (Lincoln) in Portland, Oregon. One artist/artist team will be selected to create a mural design to be painted on the exterior west-facing wall. The budget to create a mural design is $25,000. 

Located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood, Lincoln is Oregon’s first and oldest high school. The Lincoln campus is on an 11 acre super block and will consist of a 6-story classroom tower and theatre and athletic facilities. Lincoln is scheduled to open for classes in Fall 2022 and the entire project is slated for completion in 2023. The selected artist/artist team will create a mural design that will be painted on the school’s west wall, facing SW Main St and SW 18th Ave. Additionally, community engagement will be a central component of the design process. 

Read the full details about this call and the school’s rebuild, artist eligibility, and application materials.

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to artist/artist teams either based in Oregon/Southwest Washington or who have attended Lincoln High School. Applicants who have an interest and/or experience in community engagement processes that informs their art practice are strongly encouraged to apply.

PPS and RACC are committed to reflecting the cultural richness of our city by promoting opportunities for emerging and historically underrepresented artists. Artists/teams representing communities of color are encouraged to apply. Strong consideration will be given to artists who have experience working with youth and residents from historically underrepresented communities including communities of color, immigrant, and refugee communities to develop their artwork, including working in a historical context.

Apply online in the RACC Opportunity Portal(For first-time users of the portal, view a brief video learning how to register here.)

Learn more by watching the previously recorded info sessions:

Follow Regional Arts & Culture Council on Facebook or @regionalarts on Instagram to stay informed of this and other upcoming opportunities.

We’re Here to Help!


Contact project manager Salvador Mayoral IV with questions or to set up a time for a phone call:

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