“Artback” Artists & the Estacada Murals – providing color & decorating a small, former lumber town in Oregon.
The Artback Artists decided some time ago to paint the town. Literally.
In small-town Estacada Oregon, population ~2000+ you can find 19 murals on buildings around town, depicting local history and the area’s natural surroundings.
The Artback Artists formed in 1992 to promote Arts in the Estacada community – after a successful exhibition of local artist works, the Artback Artists wanted to make an impact with visual arts in the neighborhood. Murals were their delivery method of choice.
After the inaugural murual painting in 1993 the group continues to add to the mural collection – with the most recent mural added July 2014 – with a community fair to celebrate the occasion!!
The interpretive staff of Milo hosted a fish painting Booth at the festival – well-attended with over 250 fish paintings created that day. Staffed by yours truly and sidekick husband along with Super Ranger Andrew and his sidekick Fab Seasonal Ranger Kate. We were all multi-colored by the end of the day, lead by Kate who was extremely helpful washing all of the painted fish – over & over again, with a smile every time.
The Town decided that live music was required to celebrate the mural creation and the Estacada Summer Celebration was born. Live music accompanies the artists as they put the final touches on the most recent mural.
The Bird Party is a special Estacada Mural – designed by Kolieha Bush, the geese on the library ground inspired the mural. The mural was originally painted on a local market which burned down in 2007 – the Fire Department saved the mural now has a new home in Wade Creek Park.
The murals adorn local markets, bars and shops in the town.
Oregonians love their murals and Estacadians are Mural Nuts!