The Commission encourages opportunities for recognition of art and culture in the community.
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.
2015 Trash Can Painting Competition
Mark your calendars! The Fifth Annual Trash Can Painting Competition is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Columbia View Park in downtown St. Helens. Open to all, but limited to 20 trash cans, this event has cash prizes and is in the middle of all the fun happenings at the riverfront during the 4th of July Celebration. Hugely popular and extremely creative, this project is a cooperative beautification project for the Summer Arts In the Park Program sponsored by the City of St. Helens, Arts & Cultural Commission, Public Works, and the Parks Commission. It is also a fundraiser for the Arts & Cultural Commission as sponsorships are available at $100 to have your business or organization painted on the side of one of the trash cans which will be in our parks. Contact Jennifer Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on participating in the competition or to sponsor a can.
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!
|Members||Contact Phone||3-Year Term Expiration|
|Diane Dillard, Vice Chair||503-397-1244||9/30/2016|
|Kevin Chavez, Chair||503-410-0266||9/30/2016|
Susan Conn, Council Liaison – 503-369-6910
Margaret Jeffries, Library Director – 503-397-4544
Jennifer Johnson, Commission Secretary – 503-397-6272