The City of Oregon City is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan. The plan, although not legally binding sets out the future goals as developed with input from community members. Although this sounds quite dull and boring, it gives the community an opportunity to let the city know what kind of future we want. Currently there is no mention of Arts and Culture in the current Comp plan. There are references to the Heritage community and Tourism.
This is our opportunity to let our voices be heard by the city. Many groups are conducting “listening sessions” through video conferencing. I have offered to host a session for TRAG artists. Now is the time for artists and their contributions to the vitality and culture of our community be known and brought into the planning of our future Oregon City. Please join me on Wednesday, October 28, probably early evening for a listening session. Contact Lynda Orzen, firstname.lastname@example.org to join the conversation. If you are unable to participate, please send your comments to Lynda. Time and contact information will be sent out later.
Statements of Principle
Oregon City’s Comprehensive Plan is founded on a number of principles, which shape the City Commission’s vision for the future growth and development of the city. The principles help determine the scope of issues, concerns, and actions that will guide development, and are reflected in the plan’s goals and policies. Statements of these principles, listed below, are not legally binding. They are instead intended to help citizens understand the kind of city this plan will help to achieve.
Promote sustainability and sustainable development. Contain urban development. Promote redevelopment. Protect natural resources. Foster economic vitality. Provide efficient and cost-effective services. Ensure a sense of history and place.
It has come to TRAG’s attention that there is no code in place to allow for the installation of murals in Oregon City. Although they were allowed in the past, the code has since been changed to coincide with the rules and regulations of signs. As a result, because the allowable sign dimensions are so restrictive, a large mural is no longer permitted.
We believe it is in the best interest of Oregon City to revise the current code, and once again allow murals to be installed. The aesthetics of murals within a City can greatly enhance a City’s character. Moreover, they can create an atmosphere that is conducive to tourism and commerce – and ultimately a thriving economy. Silverton, Estacada, and The Dalles are all relatively smaller towns. However, they are famous for their murals. As a result, they use these beautiful artistic creations in their marketing and advertising to build a stronger economy for their merchants.
We are asking for your support to change the code and once again allow murals in Oregon City. We want to make it clear that we are NOT asking for financial support. There are a multitude of grants available to fund this kind of project once they are permitted. What we do need from you is your voice and patronage. If you would like to support this exciting initiative, you can fill out the short form below that follows a letter of support.
The letters will be collected by TRAG and submitted to the City Commissioners to show our community’s support for murals in Oregon City. We will then follow up at a City Commission meeting with a short presentation and hopefully a vote of confidence to start the code change. There is strength in numbers and being able to voice our vision of a more beautiful Oregon City to those in charge can bring it to fruition.
Art changes who we are as human beings. It can transform a life, a community, a culture. Let’s work together to bring back the allowance of murals in Oregon City.
Trieste Andrews, President Three Rivers Artist Guild
The Three Rivers Artist Guild was asked to participate in the Portland Rose Festival Porch Parade. Rather than the public going to the rose festival parade in these times of isolation, the public can take a drive and see over 300 porches decorated in honor of the rose festival!These three pieces are installed at 2818 NE 10th St in Portland. Thank you Lucas Nickerson for the oxen, Susan Woodworth for the covered wagon, and Trieste Andrews for the Winged goddess. Go to paradinginplace.com for more info and a map! The porches will be decorated from May 16 to May 30.
Did you know that this year 2020 celebrates the 100th anniversary of Oregon’s ratification of Amendment 19 which placed women’s voting rights in the Constitution? TRAG has been asked to participate in a year long celebration celebrating women’s rights over the past 100 years. Clackamas County Heritage Council, CCHC, recently asked the Guild to create ten 5-foot cut out figures that depict women’s rights since the mid 1850’s.
These will have a cut out for the face so that the public can take pictures of themselves inside them. Think of the Suffragettes of the 1800’s, Rosie the Riveter from the 1940’s, the bra-burning hippies from the 1960’s, and the #metoo women’s march just 2 years ago. These are only some of the ideas we will be presenting to our artists and participating sponsors.
They will be installed in various places around town, and will receive recognition and exposure through social media, newspapers, and a possible “scavenger hunt”. Artists will be compensated for their work in creating the figures.
Thanks to all who volunteered for this project. Originally 8 TRAG artists were going to create historical figures depicting women’s rights to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Women Suffragette movement. Each figure was to be a life-size cutout which the public could take a photo opportunity with. They were to be installed at the Heritage sites and various businesses in Oregon City. However, when the pandemic hit, the plans were put aside.
A virtual meeting with the Clackamas County Heritage Council was held on April 15th. Possibilities were discussed to either postpone or continue by a different method. Ideas were considered such as an application like Jib Jab where the public can superimpose their faces onto virtual figures and/or the distribution of coloring books. A second meeting took place just this past week, and it was decided to decrease the number of heritage figures from 8 to 2. These will be installed at 2818 NE 10th Ave in Portland from May 16-30th during the “Parading in Place” event sponsored by the Rose Festival. Go to (https://www.paradinginplace.com/) for more information on this fun event.