Arts and Cultural Commission

The Arts & Cultural Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the City Council Chambers. 

The Commission encourages opportunities for recognition of art and culture in the community.



Gateway Sculptures

Gateway Sculpture Project 

Led by the City of St. Helens’ Arts & Cultural Commission in partnership with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Highway Division, the Gateway Sculpture Project was designed to create an inviting and attractive landmark to greet residents and travelers while also marking the entrance to Columbia Boulevard, the city’s main street.  The two artistic landmark sculptures were installed in August 2014, and are located on the east side of the highway bridge over Milton Creek in St. Helens, Oregon on the Columbia River Highway (Highway 30).  Created by Portland artist Suzanne Lee, the sculptures are two 22-foot tall metal obelisk lanterns with cutout images featuring the history, culture and natural elements of St. Helens and vicinity and are illuminated during the evening. Supporting the city’s economic development efforts, this public art project was funded through “percentage for art” from the city’s public works projects and many fundraisers sponsored by the Commission over the last couple of years, including two Sweetheart Balls and a Home Tour.  

St. Helens Mayor Randy Peterson and Julie Vigeland, chair of the Oregon Arts Commission, lead the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Gateway Sculpture Project on Sept. 10, 2015, which was attended by state and local officials as well as many of the volunteers who worked with the Arts & Cultural Commission to bring the sculptures to St. Helens.


Gateway Sculpture Project Brochure


Spirit of Halloweentown 2013 Pumpkin Painting for Kids

St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission hosted Pumpkin Painting at the Children’s Fair on Saturday, October 26, 2013.  The free event was successful beyond anything that the Commission had anticipated.  A hearty thank-you is to be extended to the Kiwanis Daybreakers for letting the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission take part in the annual Children’s Fair at the St. Helens High School and for inviting the Commission back for 2014!






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Members Contact Phone 3-Year Term Expiration
Kannikar Petersen 503-366-3050 9/30/2018
Diane Dillard, 503-397-1244 9/30/2016
Kevin Chavez, Chair 503-410-0266 9/30/2016
Rosemary Imhof Vice Chair 505-331-0387 9/30/2017
Vacant 9/30/2017
Diane Dunn 503-880-1498
Vacant 9/30/2018


Susan Conn, Council Liaison – 503-369-6910

Margaret Jeffries, Library Director – 503-397-4544

Jennifer Johnson, Commission Secretary – 503-397-6272