A new mural was recently installed on the front of Tigard's Main Street Stamp and Stationery.
The colorful piece of artwork was created over two weekends in March.
"The last two weekends of March, the city of Tigard and Tigard Downtown Alliance partnered with local artist Emily Lux and B&B Print Source to host an outdoor community mural-painting activity," said Lauren Scott, Tigard's community engagement coordinator. "Through a series of two-hour outdoor paint sessions and following all COVID safety measures, over 300 community members helped paint sections of our new mural, 'Building Our New Landscape.'"
The mural, which consists of 27 panels measuring 4 feet wide by 7 feet tall, was installed on April 8.
"'Building Our New Landscape' was inspired by the resiliency of our community through the pandemic and looking ahead to building a bright future together," said Scott.
The mural is expected to remain up until the stationary store decides to replace it.
Nicole Hendrix, a city senior management analyst who helped lead the project, said funding for the mural came from a Washington County Mental Health and Community Psyche grant.
She said she was pleased with how the mural turned out.
"Our community mural, 'Building Our New Landscape,' safely brought our community together to reflect on the difficulties this last year has brought while looking ahead toward a brighter future," Hendrix said. "We have and continue to hear from community members how much they enjoyed participating and how this mural was able to bring some light to what has been a very difficult year."
Scott said 1,000 daisies and tulips were handed out to mural painters and passersby to celebrate the beginning of spring, all compliments of Flowers by Donna. Kelly Marks with the Tigard Downtown Alliance helped coordinate the event.
Steve DeAngelo, president of the Tigard Downtown Alliance, said he was impressed with the way the community came together to create the mural.
"Debbie (Montoya) from Main Street Stamp and Stationery was literally jumping up and down when she saw it," said DeAngelo.
He said the guidelines from the grant asked that the artwork reflect broad concepts such as showing resiliency as well as showing hope and being colorful at the same time.
DeAngelo said he was pleased that artist Lux was selected to lead the project.
"She's a Beaverton High School art teacher who worked tirelessly on the project, nights and weekends, and kind of got the vision going for us," said DeAngelo. "When she came back with the proposed piece, we pretty much all just fell in love it and said, 'wow, that's awesome."
Likening the finished product to piecing together large pieces of stained glass, DeAngelo said it was a great way for the community to participate in something that hasn't been possible during the pandemic, all while maintaining social distancing.
"It was quite apparent that there's a pent-up demand to get out and do something. I think it was a pretty high level of excitement from the community that we were able to gauge at least from (everyone's) spirit," he said.
In addition, three musical benches have been installed at the Fanno Creek trailhead between Cooper Mountain Ale Works and Curiosities Vintage Mall. The benches will be on loan at the location for five years through a partnership with Tualatin Valley Creates.
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