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.
Excitement for the “Friends On a Shelf” mural is growing in the community. This is definitely a project that has included the community from the beginning in asking for mural concepts. We are now asking for “letters of support” from community members and especially the Arts Community. Please take a few minutes to sign the letter and show your support.
Your support is very much appreciated!
Lynda Orzen President, Friends of the Oregon City Public Library
Please Sign the Letter of Support
We are encouraged by the amount of community outreach that has gone into the proposed mural. This project began with the Friends of the Library asking for concepts, “what does the bookstore mean to you, how would you like to see that conveyed in a mural”. The artist, Lucas Nickerson is a member of the Three Rivers Artist Guild and has shown his work extensively. The community will benefit greatly with this wonderful piece of artwork.
I fully support the installation of the mural “Friends on a Shelf” on the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore. The mural will be a wonderful addition to the existing Open Air Art Gallery along 7th street. It will bring joy and beckon visitors to come inside and explore and encourage others to visit our community.
TRAG’s mission statement is: “We are a welcoming and inclusive organization providing mutual support, encouragement, services, and education for the enrichment of artists and their communities”. In accordance with our mission statement, each year TRAG’s budget includes a donation amount to go towards the support and education of art in our community. In years past, TRAG has given money to the Oregon City School district with the request that it be used towards the arts. This year the TRAG board chose the Children’s Center in Oregon City.
The Children’s Center’s motto is “A place where healing begins”. It strives to work with the community to end child abuse and neglect through assessment, treatment, and prevention. Art therapy is often a tool that is used by the Center, and TRAG requested that the $1000 donation be used for this program if possible.
TRAG dropped off the check to the Children’s Center on December 14th. Executive Director Karen Rush later let TRAG know that the Art Therapist was “ecstatic” to be able to spend this donation for art supplies in the coming year. Karen has promised TRAG future pictures and a report on how our donation was used. TRAG was also honored at both the Chamber of Commerce meeting and the Oregon City Rotary Club meeting on December 15th for our generous donation.
In this season of giving, I am deeply grateful that TRAG was able to support such a deserving non-profit organization that makes a profound difference in children’s lives.
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.