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WACA Projects

Sip&Paint for GOOD with Liz Pike, August 14

Budding artists are invited to learn to paint with oils on canvas with local artist, Liz Pike, at two upcoming “Sip&Paint for Good” events at Reflection Plaza in downtown Washougal.  The first will be held Wednesday, July 10 to benefit the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and the second will be on Wednesday, August 14 and will support the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance. Both will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at a cost of $45 which includes all art supplies.  Space is limited to the first 25 participants who sign up and advanced registration is required.  Register by calling or texting 360-281-8720 or email pikeadvertising@comcast.net.  Participants will be invited to sip on lemonade and coffee as they create their masterpieces.

Dreaming by Heather Söderberg

Help us bring an original Heather Söderberg casting, “Dreaming,” to Washougal.  This life sized bear will be a community favorite to take pictures with and add charm to our downtown.

As one of the first women to own a bronze foundry in the United States, Heather Söderberg’s sculptures have earned her regional and world-wide attention.  Her other works in Washougal are Seaman in Reflection Plaza and Chak Chak American Eagle at Washougal Waterfront Park.

We are closing in on raising our $30,000 goal! Please be a part of this wonderful new sculpture project with a donation.  Every bit counts!

Link to Paypal  or contact WACA at washougalarts@gmail.com

Princess White Wing Mural by Toma Villa


“…he thought he could see White Wing in the clouds and in the forest and in his dreams.”  He said, “Come pretty bird and fly with me, for I am lonely and my nest is empty.”

The mural, (concept drawing featured above) designed and painted by internationally renowned Native American artist Toma Villa, will be installed outside the Washougal Community Library for the entire community to enjoy.

If you are familiar with Washougal’s history, you know that Betsy White Wing Ough, a Cascades Tribe princess, along with her husband Richard Ough, founded this great city. For her role, Betsy is lovingly referred to by many as the “Mother of Washougal.” The theme of the mural is Richard Ough courting Betsy White Wing Ough.

This project was funded by generous contributions from WACA supporters, a WA State Snap Grant and City of Washougal.

Forever Faithful


FOREVER FAITHFUL is a life-sized bronze dog sculpture of a Belgain Malinois, created by prominent bronze sculptor Susan Bahary. It sits proudly outside the Washougal Police Department at 1320 A Street, Washougal. Thank you to the community for their donations to bring this piece to Washougal!

For the Birds Art Project


WACA’s For the Birds Art Project is a simple, low cost way for the community to engage in public art!

A limited number of pre-constructed bird houses were made available to community members to decorate as a start to the process. Next, local craftsmen have been invited to build their own creations to add.

This artistic display of community inspired and created bird houses is located at the City garden plot next to City Hall and got its start in Fall of 2016.

The full WACA project vision includes planting flowers and scrubs with the ultimate goal to create a beautiful butterfly and bird garden featuring these artistic bird houses of various sizes and décor.  A place of beauty!

Do you want to get involved? The following are bird house construction guidelines:
• Able to attached to a 4×4 post
• Provide access to be cleaned out inside, unless there is no real hole for birds
• Maximum size 10” wide, 8” deep, 12” high
There is a $25 mounting donation (charged at the discretion of WACA).

The following are decoration guidelines:
• Décor must be family-friendly with no inappropriate images or political statements
• Outdoor latex paint recommended, however all houses will be clear coated with Rustoleum before mounting.
All entries subject approval.
All houses become the property of WACA and can be taken down, sold to raise funds or moved to a new location at their discretion.

To find out more information on how you can get involved, contact WACA at  washougalarts@gmail.com

Golden Back Heron


“Golden Back Heron,” created by Portland metal artist Tom Jackson was welcomed to Washougal on Nov 19. The three-foot tall metal sculpture stands in the rain garden next to the main parking lot at Washougal City Hall, 1701 C Street.




“FIRE” created by the husband and wife artist team, Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei, was unveiled and presented to the City of Washougal on Oct 29 at Steamboat Landing (Hwy 14 and Washougal River Road, Washougal).

Bronze Seaman Sculpture in Reflection Plaza


In August 2015, Washougal welcomed its newest resident, a bronze sculpture of Seaman, the Newfoundland dog that accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition which included a stop in Washougal for provisions. The life-sized bronze was created by Cascade Locks artist Heather Stoderberg-Greene. He was made possible by the fund raising efforts of WACA and the Columbia Gorge Woman’s Association.

The piece is now a fixture in downtown Washougal delighting children and families who climb on his back for photos and community members who decorate him to celebrate seasons!