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This year's paintings honoring 100th anniversary of Arch Bridge are downtown.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Anna West submitted her watercolor painting of the Arch Bridge to Oregon City's Preserve Our Past contest.As part of the Preserve Our Past contest tour, Oregon City officials have enlisted various downtown businesses to display prize-winning art in time for the Arch Bridge's anniversary celebration on Oct. 1.

White Rabbit Books & Gifts, Root + Stem, Homelife Furniture, 7LFreight and Coffee Rush have each agreed to host about five paintings/poems apiece. Prize-winning student art will remain in the downtown Oregon City area through December, since Dec. 28 will be the official 100th anniversary of the Arch Bridge.

City officials and Oregon City Optimist Club members put a special focus on the Arch Bridge in their third-annual contest for young artists. All six of the winners highlighted the bridge, and city officials are temporarily in possession of 24 Arch Bridge pieces all together, 12 art and 12 poetry.

Holly Swogger, recreation programmer for Oregon City's parks department, hopes the city will help create "fun hunt" for budding artists and poets to find where pieces are located and increase foot traffic downtown.

As previously reported, Paris Brower's art and Naomi Irvine's poem "Water of Time" each won first place from Oregon City's Preserve Our Past Art & Poetry contest.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Eighth grader Paris Brower won a $50 gift card for this piece titled 'Over the Bridge' that won first-place in Oregon City's contest.

At a June 30 awards banquet, city officials also honored the poetry of Zachary Bettineski, who won second place and an extra $50 for focusing on the Arch Bridge, and Mya Richards who won third.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Second-place art winner Angie Nikitin is a sixth grader who drew 'Evening Reflections at Arch Bridge.'

Angie Nikitin's art won second place, and the third-place artist was Max Iseri Allman.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Ninth-grader Max Iseri Allman's piece is called 'Vibrant Connections' and won third place.

Oregon City's budget incentivized kids to create art and poetry to help celebrate this year's 100th anniversary of the Arch Bridge.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Winners of Oregon City's art and poetry contest gathered outside the Ermatinger House, including back row from left Max Allman and Mya Richards, center Paris Brower, and front row from left Angie Nikitin and Naomi Irvine. Not pictured: Zachary Bettineski. Normally, contest winners get $150 for first-place pieces, $100 for second place and $50 for third place in each category. In addition, the two best entries related to the Arch Bridge got an extra $50.


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