The Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance is soliciting proposals from qualified artists (or teams of artists) to provide design and implementation services for an exterior mural on the south-facing wall of the Los Dos Compadres Cantina located at 1713 E Street in Washougal.
The goal of the project is to create a piece of public art that will improve the visual environment along the commercial area of E Street in Washougal with a mural that reflects the spirit of the City. The subject matter of the mural should highlight the diversity of Washougal history and culture and might include images honoring indigenous and/or Hispanic culture and history.
Selection of the muralist will be finally determined by the WACA Board in consultation with the property owner. There will be no logos, words or commercial imagery in the mural, and the affordability of the piece will be considered in the selection.
Proposals will be received by WACA until June 1, 2021, with a timeline for completion by July 31, 2021.
“Dreaming,” a large, friendly and life-like bronze bear sculpture created by Heather Soderberg of Cascade Locks, was installed in late January 2020 and sits on the corner of A Street and Pendleton Way in downtown Washougal
The piece was a two-year WACA fundraising project. 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.
“…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.
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!
HISTORIC LAGER was commissioned by WACA by local artist Travis London in 2018. It adorns the side of the Big Foot Inn at 105 Pendleton Way, along side the Washougal Post Office. Thank you, Travis, for your creativity and to the community for their donations to make this piece a reality.
WACA’s For the Birds Art Project is a display of community inspired and created bird houses is located at City Hall. It 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Golden Back Heron,” created by Portland metal artist Tom Jackson was welcomed to Washougal on November 19, 2016. The three-foot tall metal sculpture stands in the rain garden next to the main parking lot at Washougal City Hall, 1701 C Street.
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 and is enjoyed by the community in Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main Street. 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!