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The Aug. 13-14 centennial celebration will feature the local nonprofit and its iconic traveling bus.

PMG PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Kids draw and paint at the Tumblewheel Studios booth at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts in 2019.This August, local nonprofit Tumblewheel Studios will be working with Scappoose High School students to create a mural celebrating the city of Scappoose.

Tumblewheel Studios, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2019 by local Scappoose residents and husband-and-wife team Jenna Reineking and Nick Patton. Together, they refurbished an old Bluebird school bus and transformed it into a traveling art studio and classroom.

Their latest project, a mural for the Scappoose Public Library, will act as a segue into their new teen mentorship program. Jeff Weiss, the director of Scappoose Public Library, has asked the dynamic duo to create a one-of-a-kind mural to commemorate the town of Scappoose and punctuate the upcoming centennial celebration.

The project has been bolstered by enthusiastic support and generous funding from the K-12 Summer Learning Fund of Oregon Community Foundation.

In addition to the mural, Tumblewheel will also be providing free art activities during the Scappoose centennial celebration Aug. 13-14. So make sure to check out their iconic bus near the Watts house from 1-4 p.m. for some fun, family-oriented entertainment.PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Jenna Reineking, co-founder of Tumblewheel Studios, sits in the nonprofit's renovated bus. Reineking and her husband, Nick Patton, take the bus to schools, festivals and community organizations, where they host free art classes.

Since its inception, Tumblewheel has brought a unique and spunky brand of arts education to community events throughout the Portland metro area and into Columbia County. They have become a staple at events like the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts and Art in the Pearl in Portland.

Tumblewheel has also partnered with schools throughout Multnomah and Columbia counties to provide after-school arts activities. Tumblewheel's new, ambitious programming includes a mentorship program with Columbia County high school students who are interested in developing their artistic abilities to a more professional level.

Stay tuned for further developments and community-based activities as they continue to grow and expand their efforts. You can follow their organization on Instagram @tumblewheelstudios, on Facebook, and on their website, tumblewheelstudios.org.

— Submitted by the Scappoose Centennial Committee


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