Nationally famous children's book author's illustrations pay homage to city, its neighborhoods

Readers who were intrigued by the story about Lisa Mundorff's new picture book in the July 31 issue of the Clackamas Review and Oregon City News will be pleased to note they can see Mundorff's artwork at the Milwaukie City Hall Gallery through September.

Lisa Mundorff"Welcome Home: Where Nature's Most Creative Creatures Dwell" is illustrated with artwork depicting the neighborhoods in Milwaukie, where she grew up.

The Milwaukie Art Committee was inspired by that story, said committee member Sarah Bagley, so they chose to showcase Mundorff's art at September's First Friday event. The art will be displayed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through Sept. 29, at City Hall, 10722 S.E. Main St.

'Welcome Home'

Mundorff is a Milwaukie-based artist whose illustrations have appeared in magazines and advertising across the country. Her new children's book pays special homage to her hometown.

"Welcome Home," published this year by an imprint of New York publishing giant Macmillan, includes a 2-foot-wide drawing of a prairie-dog neighborhood in which the rodents are pictured in a town with numerous recognizable Milwaukie landmarks.

A 1989 graduate of Rex Putnam High School, Mundorff chose to end "Welcome Home" with the town of Milwaukie representing the parting message of the book: "A group of neighborhoods becomes a town, a town on Earth, a place all creatures call home and live with love."

Milwaukie buildings playing a starring role in the drawing include City Hall, Waldorf School, the post office, food-cart pod, Masonic Lodge, EnchantÉ Chocolatier, Mike's Drive-In, Pietro's Pizza, Things From Another World, Libbie's Restaurant, Cha Cha Cha Mexican Taqueria, the Wunderland nickel arcade and Milwaukie Lumber.

"It's been a lot of fun to watch the downtown grow, and I always attend First Friday art-walk events," Mundorff said.

Artistic Milwaukie

What: See the illustrations of Lisa Mundorff, author of "Welcome Home: Where Nature's Most Creative Creatures Dwell"

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 29

Where: Milwaukie City Hall, 10722 S.E. Main St.

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