The SAGE Project, Storefront Art Galleries and Events. Taking It To the Streets!

On June 25th TRAG was awarded a grant from the City of Oregon City through the Metro Enhancement Program. The project is called The Storefront Art Gallery and Events project (SAGE) and will provide a way to bring much needed focus and exposure to Oregon City as well as a number of our small local businesses. The idea is to take the ugly brown paper coverings on the storefronts of vacant retail and commercial space and turn them into works of Art. TRAG is developing a plan now to reach out to painters, photographers, and 3D artists. All artists will be compensated for their work.

The second part of the SAGE project is to hold a total of 4 pop-up events over the next year inside a vacant commercial space. A local winery, brewery, or distillery would be invited to partner with the Artists to hold a community interactive event. The SAGE project would of course benefit Oregon City in that it could transform our streets into mini art exhibits bringing tourists and visitors. Additionally, however, it can also benefit a number of local businesses including: property managers, property owners, Artists, party event planners, local wineries breweries and distilleries.

A Call for Artists will be coming out shortly with detailed information.

Taking it to the Streets! Preview of TRAG’s Potential “Storefront Art Galleries and Events”

On May 28th TRAG applied for a grant to bring artwork to the streets of Oregon City. The idea is to transform the brown paper that normally covers the storefronts of vacant space into works of Art. Artists will be compensated for their work. Additionally, the grant will include money to support 4 pop-up art events inside a vacant space to take place over the next year. Of course, TRAG will be following all the rules and regulations of social distancing as Oregon reopens. We will know if TRAG was awarded the grant money by the end of June.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting venture, please contact me at I am looking for people that can brainstorm what kind of artwork we can offer, marketing the sites, participating with their art (all mediums will be considered), and volunteering for the artwork installation, take-down and events. I would like to hit the ground running if we are awarded the grant.

Keep your fingers crossed – and Thank you!

Trieste Andrews
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild