City names art contest winners
Molalla will be seeing some new artwork around town this summer: Four local artists will have their works printed and displayed on one side of each wayfinding kiosk throughout town early next month.
Applicants were tasked with submitting art that falls under the contest theme, "Molalla, Oregon — Real adventure, real people, real fun." Anyone within the Molalla River School District, of any age, could submit artwork.
The winners are Sophia Olson, Kristy Stephens, Gail Booth and Dave Jackson.
The city received four submissions. "I think we couldn't have possibly done better if we had 40, I think we have some great selections," said Mac Corthell, community development director.
Olson's piece, "Mask," represents mental health and the struggles of hiding mental health disorders. In the painting, a blue face with tears streaming down is revealed under a smiling one, with the phrase, "It's like you have a mask on all the time," painted at the top.
Stephens submitted an acrylic painting of Molala Tribe members surrounded by historical artifacts. To make the painting as historically accurate as possible, she referenced several books from the Molalla Public Library. The painting shows tools, a map and the natural landscape surrounding a black and white image of members of the Molala tribe.
"I very much love Molalla and hope this artwork will represent some of the history of the Molala Native Americans for others to see," Stephens wrote in her application.
In her piece titled "Natural Beauty," Booth depicted the Molalla River Corridor. The scene shows a rosette basalt formation found on the Molalla River, a trail through ferns and fir trees, and a tent.
"My two sons and I have spent a lot of time hiking the corridor, and it is absolutely adventurous and fun," Booth wrote.
Jackson's photograph, "Bareback," is a slow-shutter image of a bareback rider at the rodeo, hanging on during an 8-second ride at the Molalla Buckeroo.
In his submission, the photographer wrote, "Eight seconds is an eternity, but he made it!"
Jackson photographed each winning piece of art, which will be printed and displayed on one side of each new wayfinding kiosk around town. The kiosks are located at Clark Park, Fox Park, Long Park and City Hall. The other side of the kiosks display an illustrative map of the city.
It has not yet been determined which art pieces will go on which kiosk. The pieces will be installed in July. The kiosks and art contest were funded by a grant from Travel Oregon to encourage tourism to the area.
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