Celebrate Oregon! is a vibrant tapestry of Oregon geography into which are woven 127 symbols representing different aspects of our collective arts, heritage, history, and cultural practices. It is the result of a year-long, inclusive process that began with a group of statewide nominators sharing the creative brief with artists and designers.
A new license plate design that celebrates Oregon and the diversity of its culture will debut on Oct. 1 in recognition of the Oregon Cultural Trust’s 20th Anniversary. The artwork is called Celebrate Oregon!
The artwork for the license plate, created by Liza Burns of Eugene, will be installed as full-scale murals at the Eugene, Medford, Portland, and Redmond airports through a partnership with GreenCars.com, a learning and marketplace destination for sustainable transportation. In addition, a 38-foot outdoor banner will be installed at the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum.
“The new design, built on a panorama of Oregon geography, reflects and respects the diversity of our culture at a time we need it most,” said Cultural Trust Board Chair
The license plate artwork will be accompanied by an interactive visual key that explains each of the symbols and how they connect to Oregon culture, accessed via a QR code. The key will aid the design discovery while informing Oregonians about the breadth of cultures we as a people represent.
Events celebrating the unveiling of the murals are scheduled for Sept. 21 at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport in partnership with the Medford Arts Commission; Oct. 15 at Redmond Municipal Airport; Oct. 28 at Eugene Airport; and mid-November at Portland International Airport. The artwork will also be available as a poster and a limited-edition print. Details will be posted on the Cultural Trust website.
The new license plate will be available beginning Oct. 1 on the Oregon DMV website, at DMV field offices, and at car dealerships across the state, including Lithia’s 32 franchise dealerships.
Niki Price. “Cultural expression is how our communities define themselves – how they live their everyday lives, their traditions, their heritage, their creativity, their celebrations, their values, and how they connect with one another. Our culture is the glue that can bind us together as Oregonians.”
“Oregonians value sustainability and embrace green energy,” said Tina Miller, Chief Financial Officer of Lithia Motors and GreenCars spokesperson. “Our partnership with the Oregon Cultural Trust, and sponsorship of these magnificent murals, is our way of bringing this important part of Oregon culture into the picture.”
A total of 36 artists submitted statements of interest and work samples. A diverse jury evaluated the submissions and recommended 20 artists be invited to submit preliminary concepts in exchange for a $250 honorarium. An expanded jury evaluated the concepts based on criteria derived from the creative brief and unanimously recommended Burns’ design to the Cultural Trust Board of Directors, which unanimously approved it in October. Burns met with several content experts, identified through the Governor’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, to finalize symbols included in the design.
“We knew that reflecting the breadth of Oregon culture, and how it brings us together, in one design was an extremely ambitious goal,” said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. “Liza’s creation does that and so much more. It captures the spirit of Oregon and also serves as an educational tool for exploring our diversity. We are incredibly proud and excited to share it with Oregonians.”
NOTE: Photos of the license plate design, the artist at work, and a mural creation video featuring the artist can be downloaded here
To learn more about the plate visit culturaltrust.org/celebrateoregon
On Thursday, September 14, at 9:30 a.m. the Redmond Municipal Airport proudly unveiled a 100” by 60” handstitched American flag quilt.
The American flag quilt was lovingly stitched together by eighteen local women artisans and crafted using various hand quilting techniques learned from Alabama Chanin. The quilters logged hundreds of hours creating and assembling each unique piece, when stitched together, created a symbol of unity, freedom, resilience and community.
Once completed, the quilt traveled to numerous locations throughout Central Oregon and was eventually raffled off with all proceeds benefitting the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR). The raffle raised thousands of dollars for COVR, and the winner, Debbie Seibert, graciously donated the quilt to the Redmond Municipal Airport so it may be showcased and enjoyed by everyone.
Information and photos of the American flag quilt project and the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch and can be found online (see below)
Last Fall there was a call to artists. They were searching for a workshop that embodied how art affects the community. The symbol of the flag came to mind and what it embodied; then a flag quilt, each piece a little different from the next, each one made by different hands, each set of hands with their own life experiences, background, religion, history, views. Yet each of these unique pieces, when stitched together, would create a symbol of unity, freedom, resilience, community.
In March of 2017 the women belonging to "helping.hand.made" began the process of hand stitching a 100" X 60" flag quilt to be raffled off July 7th, 2017 for Central Oregon Veterans Ranch.
Inspiration for this quilt came from the idea that, despite our differences, we must come together as people living in one great nation. The symbol of the flag, in quilt form, embodies that spirit. Each piece is a little different from the next, each one made by different hands, and each set of hands with their own life experiences, background, religion, history, and views. Yet each of these unique pieces, when stitched together, creates a symbol of unity, freedom, resilience and community.
A total of 18 local women, using various hand quilting techniques learned from Alabama Chenin, logged hundreds of hours bringing this piece to life. When completed, it traveled to numerous locations throughout Central Oregon along with the invitation to enter a raffle for the quilt benefitting Central Oregon Veterans Ranch. The raffle raised thousands of dollars for COVR and the winner donated the quilt to Redmond Municipal Airport so that it could be enjoyed by everyone.
Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, a 19-acre property in the heart of Central Oregon, was founded in 2014. It's a special place where veterans can come together in community; learning, working, and healing together. It's a sanctuary where the generative aspects of the natural world help to heal the often-destructive impact of combat trauma. It's a place where veterans of all ages can restore their sense of purpose and renew their spirit, and will provide specialized care for veterans in the final stage of their journey.
This beautiful Veterans Quilt quit was raffled off with all proceeds ($3,082) donated to the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch--making a difference for those who helped to preserve our freedoms and fight for our wonderful country. Debbie Seibert (one of the creators of the quilt) was the lucky winner and has donated it for display here at the Redmond Municipal Airport! What a wonderful idea--We are so thankful to Debbie and all who were involved in creating this beautiful quilt and allowing us to showcase it here at RDM.
Facts About Western Juniper Trees
Our tree is believed to be over 500 years old!
Origin: 50 million years ago
Range: Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, and California
Height: 15-30 feet
Tallest Tree: 98 feet
Age: 200-500 years old (typical)
Oldest Tree: 1,600 years old
Western Juniper trees are a common sight in the high desert of Central Oregon, The Western Juniper is a distinctive tree or shrub, found in dry, rocky sites at moderate to high elevations. Juniper trees demand a lot of water, (they can drink up to 100 gallons of water a day)
It’s mostly at home in areas of scant rainfall (9 to 14 inches a year) and in shallow, volcanic soils that would drive a normal tree to higher ground. It’s sturdy, tough, and uniquely suited to the tortuous terrain of the Western High Desert. Nowhere is it more abundant than in Central Oregon, where it grows on about 3 million acres, in varying densities.
Older juniper trees have the ability to continue living and growing even as their center rots and becomes hollow. These hollow cavities provide unique feeding, roosting and nesting habitat for birds and animals.
The Western Juniper is given to growing in contorted, stunted, twisted, warped, crumpled, distressed and arthritic configurations. The oldest, most gnarled, disfigured Juniper trees, rival any other tree in terms of beauty and elegance.
Western juniper heartwood is highly durable. After being soaked in hot water, thin samples have even been tied into intricate knots without splitting. Western juniper wood can make beautiful, durable furniture and other lumber products. Its use is becoming increasingly popular as more juniper trees are removed from the landscape.
Only 3 to 5 percent of the juniper trees found on today's high desert landscape were there during frontier days.
The oldest juniper in Oregon (estimated at 1,600 years old) is up on Horse Ridge, east of Bend. Just across U.S. Highway 20 to the north, the Badlands is full of ancient trees. There are also big trees in the country between China Hat butte and Fort Rock and out toward Post way east of Prineville. Today, 95% of all western juniper are less than 100 years old.
Our new RDM resident loves cold snowy winters, but like all Central Oregon residents, is tired of all the rain he has to bear while hiding throughout the Pacific Northwest. The abundance of sunshine and the many opportunities here in Central Oregon is a huge draw for Sasquatch, who has decided to make RDM his new home!
Look for him on your next visit to RDM. Post your photos to our RDM Facebook page or tweet them via #RDMYeti, #centraloregonsasquatch, and #FlyRDM.
About the Artist:
Kirk Seese is a multi-disciplinary artist from the Washington DC area of Maryland. His artistic professions span being a 2D large-scale mural artist, set artist for film and television, lead designer for climbing gyms, and now 3D public sculptor exhibiting throughout the nation. Kirk’s public sculpture installations are now displayed in many states across the US.
"Wings" is constructed of 2" tubular steel. 3/4" MDO Board and UV inks 12'x7'x2" - $7500
This Sculpture is Available to Purchase
About the Artist:
When Steve began sculpting, it was natural for him to choose wildlife. Steve always enjoyed identifying birds and was fascinated with wild animals. Steve enjoys working in an impressionistic style, yet still portraying the movement and visual impression of animals. Steve hopes that his work encourages interest and love of wildlife and hopes this his work is artistic and pleasing as well as portraying the grace and strength of the animal.
About the Art:
The piece is created with steel and bronze
About the Artist:
Tim Norman draws inspiration for his work by the beauty and grace of the natural environment. He strives to reflect this is in his paintings and bronze sculptures so the viewer can evoke a memory, emotion or share in a captured moment in time.
Tim is from Enterprise, Oregon.
About the Art:
River Dance is a bronze and steel sculpture that stands a little over 5' tall.
This art piece was part of the Redmond Committee for Art in Public Places (RCAPP) “Art Around the Clock” program. This beautiful sculpture is now a part of the RDM Airport's permanent public art collection.
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About the Art:
Bronze eagles in flight (owned by Redmond Municipal Airport)
About the Art:
Peak Finder http://danasigns.com/
Peak Finder was donated to Robert's Field by Robert Wilson. Peak Finder is installed in front of the airport and identifies the Central Oregon peaks. The powder-coated, negative relief plasma cut, steel plate was designed and fabricated by Brent Grenfell of Dana Signs. Peak Finder was installed in March 2013.
Find More Art:
Here is a map of the public art on display throughout the City of Redmond.
As part of its mission to promote quality development now and in the future, the Community Development Department is committed to providing citizens of Redmond with art throughout the city. The Department provides staff support to the Redmond Committee for Art in Public Places in fulfillment of this goal. Please take a moment to learn more about the City's activities related to public art by visiting the completed public art projects and Rotating Public Art Gallery pages, as well as the home page for the Committee for Art in Public Places and reading our public art brochure.
Mike Putnam is a Bend Oregon photographer whose Fine Art Nature and Landscape Photographs Celebrate the Natural Beauty of Oregon. All of his fine art prints were captured with a large format 4x5 film camera which gives his landscape and nature photographs exceptional detail, impressive depth of field, and a look and feel which makes them distinct from other photography formats. http://mikeputnamphoto.com/