Looking for something fun and upbeat to do, while helping change lives in our community? We have just what you need – The Rotary Club of Oregon City’s Festival of Wreaths. It’s an online auction of 30 holiday wreaths created by local artists from TRAG and Rotarians. Some are classic, some rustic and some have a whimsical flair. Revenue from this fundraising event will support our Rotary Club’s community projects including childhood literacy, food for homeless students in Oregon City, mobile showers for the vulnerable in our community and enhanced access to quality healthcare. Bidding opened on November 9th and closes November 28th at 5pm.
So many of our cultural organizations, including the Three Rivers Artist Guild, have been hit especially hard by the pandemic – there has never been a more important time for Oregonians to support arts and culture through the cultural tax credit.
If you donated to any arts, heritage or humanities nonprofits in Oregon this year, you can double your impact for FREE through the Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit.
Total the amount you gave to the non-profits on the list found through the Oregon Cultural Trust site at https://culturaltrust.org/. The Three Rivers Artists Guild is on this list
And the mural restoration of the Trolley car at Don Pepe’s Restaurant at 705 Main Street is finished! Through rain, wind, sun and heat, Cathy Rowe, lead muralist and TRAG member, toiled on from September 13th to October 11th and the final results are breathtaking. What was once a dilapidated cracked and indistinguishable mural originated in 1992, is now a vibrant display of colors that beg to be seen as people go about their business on Oregon City’s busy Main Street.
The restoration of the Trolley car on Main Street was the kick off event for murals once again in Oregon City. The project was financed by TRAG through Oregon City’s Metro Enhancement grant. The outstanding funding will be used for a future brand new mural at a location to be announced towards the spring/summer of 2022. Look for murals coming to Oregon City with Friends of the Library, Live Edge Salon, and White Rabbit Black Ink – to name a few. Art and culture is alive and well in Oregon City! Thank you Cathy and Oregon City for ushering us in to this momentous time.
OC Rotary Club has asked TRAG’s help in raising funds through the second annual Festival of the Wreaths. Rotary is asking for artists to partner with their members to create wreaths, or even just to hire one of TRAG’s artists to make a wreath. TRAG will help with the cost of materials if needed. The deadline for wreaths is October. Have your wreath completed no later than October 30th – Or, bring your materials to the VFW Hall on Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m., and make your wreath there with the help of some artists and other Rotarians.
Rotary International is an international service organization. The club’s stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all. Their principal motto is “Service Above Self”. This motto is personified in the Rotary Club of Oregon City’s contributions to our community. They include volunteerism and contributions to the Cub Scouts, meals to Father’s Heart Ministries, the Homeless Resource Fair offering services to disadvantaged, annual distribution of dictionaries to Oregon City’s third graders, and supporter and supplier to Oregon City Head Start. Last year, the OC Rotary helped fund a mobile shower cart for the homeless and it has proven to be a great success. All these contributions are supported by fundraisers throughout the year by the OC Rotary Club. The Festival of the Wreaths last year who TRAG partnered on proved to be a huge success and we are looking forward to being a strong supporter again this year.
On September 20th, TRAG’s own Cathy Rowe began work on the Trolley Car Restoration. The Mural is located at 705 Main Street under Don Pepe’s restaurant. A kick of event took place on September 25th for the public. Tables and chairs were set up across the street at Edward Jones and the Bridgewater Beer and Wine Supply. Don Pepe’s offered complimentary chips and salsa as the public had a chance to take a seat and enjoy the progress. Lots of smiles and conversations as we all watched Cathy and enjoyed the views!
More news on new potential murals will be announced in the coming months.
Mayor Rachel Lyles Smith with Commissioner Rocky Smith has selected an Art Commission for Oregon City. The official announcement and appointments were presented at the City Commissioner meeting on Thursday evening September 15th. This is an important and exciting step In Oregon City’s focus to bring Arts and Culture to the forefront in Oregon City’s vision for the future.
Trieste Andrews from TRAG was appointed a 3-year position. 8 additional members include representation from 6 local art organizations plus two citizen appointees completing the 9-member commission.
More to come in TRAG’s news as the new Art Commission begins its mission to integrate art and culture into Oregon City.
The following appointees comprise the Oregon City Art Commission:
Emma Lugo 1 year Mary Andrus 1 year Josh Planton 1 year (Citizen Rep) Jenn Woodward 2 year Selena Jones 2 year Tammy Jo Wilson 2 year Karen Buerhig 3 year (Citizen Rep) Tima Carlson 3 year Trieste Andrews 3 year
Join Oregon City on Saturday, September 25 from 11 am till 4 pm.
Murals are once again allowed in Oregon City. The first project to take place is the restoration of the historic mural “First Trolley” at 705 Main Street above the Don Pepe’s restaurant. The project will take place from September 20th to October 2nd.
On Saturday September 25th there will be a viewing event from 11-4. Tables and chairs will be set up for viewing while you munch on chips and salsa from Don Pepe’s restaurant. Please feel free to order a yummy Mexican dinner to go after the project.
The mural of the “First Trolley” was created by artist Larry Kangas in 1992. The building was originally constructed in 1908 and has held the OK Barber Shop and later a confectionery store. It is one of the few remaining wood frame buildings on Main Street.
The mural is a depiction of one of the first trolleys on Oregon City’s Main Street. The face of the conductor in the front of the trolley is that of businessman Urb Arbour, then owner of the building.
A potential site is currently being discussed as a possible Art cultural center in Oregon City. TRAG has been invited to join Art in Oregon and the Clackamas County Historical Society to review the possibility of transforming the Stevens Crawford House into an Art Center.
The Stevens Crawford House is one of the largest historical houses open to the public in Oregon City. It sits at the corner of Washington and 6th Street across from the Pioneer Community Center and has unlimited potential for a possible gallery, event space, and artists’ residencies. Although talks are only in the beginning stages, it is an exciting opportunity for Oregon City.
More to come as TRAG explores the possibilities of this space with Art in Oregon and the Clackamas County Historical Society.
You can now apply for a permit to paint a mural on your building!We’re very excited that the City Commission has seen how important murals are to the vibrancy and activity in downtown spaces. This week they approved the NEW mural code! You can start applying for those permits now!
It’s taken several years to see this happen and DOCA is very grateful to the City staff and Commission and especially the Three Rivers Artist Guild for helping us make this a possibility. If you are interested in painting a mural on your building and would like to start the process, we’d be happy to help.
More information and the application information is coming shortly, but we wanted to share with you right away so you can start getting your creativity working!