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WACA Projects

Dreaming by Heather Söderberg

“Dreaming,” a large, friendly and life-like bronze bear sculpture created by Heather Soderberg of Cascade Locks, was install in January 2020. It is located on the corner of A Street and Pendleton Way in downtown Washougal.

This piece was a two-year WACA fundraising effort. In addition to public support raised by WACA, substantial contributors were also Jim and Betty Cooper of Washougal and the City of Washougal Tourism Fund.  The piece is valued at $30,000.

It is a community favorite to take pictures with and adds charm to our downtown.

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.

Historic Lager

HISTORIC LAGER was commissioned in 2018 by WACA and created by prolific, local artist Travis London.  It is located next to the Washougal Post Office on the wall of the Big Foot Inn in downtown 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

This artistic display of community inspired and created bird houses is located 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!

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.

 

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!