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Artback Artists Cooperative

The Artback Artists Cooperative was formed in 1994 by nine professional artists who joined together for a local exhibition.  Overwhelmed by the tremendous support for their first show, they realized they had the opportunity to play a major role in shaping the future of visual arts in our community while increasing civic pride.  They are dedicated to bringing art into the local arena to benefit and educate the largest and most diverse population possible. 

They have instituted a popular mural tradition that has successfully brought together individuals, businesses and organizations, while creating lasting imagery that reflects and strengthens the proud achievements of our community. They have grown and are now recognized throughout the community as a vital force in the cultural and economic direction of the town.

The annual Summer Celebration arts and music festival was created in 2000 to celebrate the Artback's annual mural-in-a-weekend project, which takes place every 4th weekend in July.  

To help support or get involved, write or call:
Artback  
 PO Box 182, Eagle Creek OR 97022
(503) 630-3304
Visit their new website for more information or ONLINE DONATING!
www.artbackmurals.com
 




#14:  2008 - "Tales of the Trail"
Designed by: Joe Cotter    Location: 397 N. Broadway









#13:  2007 -  "Bird Party"
Designed by: Kolieha Bush    Location: Wade Creek Park  
(This mural was located on the side of the Y&E Market until it burned down (see photo below).  The mural was saved by the Estacada Firefighters.  It is now in it's new location - Wade Creek Park.

The mural is inspired by the Geese on the library grounds daintly stepping along, looking as if they were going to a party. Great Blue Herons and Ducks join the Geese on a checkerboard dance floor.
Posters of a photo similar to this are available at The Spiral Gallery for $5.00
#12:  2006 -  "Happy Trails"
Designed by: Eileen Belanger   
Location: 398 S. Broadway
The mural depicts a summer's day along the many trails and campgrounds dotted along the Clackamas River. 
 
#11:  2005 -  "The Heart of the Clackamas"
Designed by: Jenny Joyce   
Location: Les Schwab Tire Co., 140 SW Frontage
The mural celebrates the 100th anniversary of Estacada, incorporated in 1905. It is a colorful and sweeping overview of the beautiful Clackamas River Valley.
 
 
#9:  2003 -  "All the World's A Stage"
Designed by: Joe Cotter    
Location:  Hi-School Pharmacy, SW 2nd Ave.
This mural portrays actual Estacadans who are involved in the arts. We have painters, potters, sculptors, re-enactors, dancers, singers, actors, musicians, papermakers, playwrights, authors, poets & jugglers; encouraged and supported by an active arts commission. 
 
#8:  2002 -  "Tree of Life"
Designed by: Kolieha Bush / Reeva Wortel, and Emily Hyde     
Located: 4th Ave. towards Main St.
The Tree of Life represents the interdependence of all life on the planet. We all need each other.
 
#7:  2001 -  "The Longhouse Mural"
Designed by: John Freese   
Located: Thriftway Market, 280 S. Broadway
The rich traditions of the Northwest Native People are pictured in this mural. 
 
#10:  2004 -  "The Quilt Club"
Designed by: Am Griswold   
Location: Back Wall, 325 S Broadway Street
This delightfully colorful Quilt Club mural is a visual snapshot of the history of the Skip-A-Week Quilters.
 
#6:  2000 -  "Kinzy Faire"
Designed by: Am Griswold    Located: North Wall, 262 S. Broadway
This garden would be a well-kept secret if it hadn't been featured in Fine Gardening magazine.
 
#5:  1999 -  "The Ginseng Story"
Designed by: Jenny Joyce    
Located: Wong's King Restaurant, 310 S. Broadway
Ginseng was such an important plant for the local economy before World War I. This mural is in honor of our history and the huge Chinese ethnic strand to the development of the West.
 
#4:  1998 -  "Celebration '98"
Designed by: Kolieha Bush    
Located: Harmony Baking Co., 221 SW Wade St.
This mural potrays a sense of joy and happiness. The richness of spring in northwest Oregon is depicted with ferns, bleeding hearts, trilliums and violets, plants native to the area. The people are dancing through the foliage. They are celebrating life. 
 
1997 -  "A Day on the Clackamas"
Designed by: Karyn Drum-Pivirotto    
Former Location: Les Scwab Tire Co., 140 SW Frontage
This mural was located at 140 S.W. Frontage, but deterioriated and was replaced in 2005 by "The Heart of the Clackamas".
 
#3:  1996 -  "The Cycle of Wood"
Designed by: Joe Cotter    
Located: East Wall, 213 SE Main St.
The growth of the town of Estacada has a strong relationship with the timber industry. This mural illustrates the many products obtained from wood which together with logging, milling, slash burning and tree planting, complete the cycle of wood. 
 
#2:  1995 -  "Early Trains of Estacada"
Designed by: John Freese    
Located: South Wall, 367 SE Main Street
The history of Estacada can't be told without remembering the trains that brought the workers and equipment to build the Three Lynx Power Station in 1905. The trolley brought people out to Cazadero Station to spend the day in the country. 
#1:  1994 -  "Fishing the Clackamas"
Designed by: Jenny Joyce    
Located: SW 4th St.
The pristine beauty of the Clackamas River is the pride and joy of Estacada. It is home to Spring Chinook and Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Rainbow Trout. Come on out and try your luck. 
#15:  2009 - "An Evening on the Barlow Road"
Designed By: Am Griswold    
Location: Napa Auto/Iron Kettle Building (Corner of Zobrist and SW 4th Ave.)   

This shows only a portion of the mural.  A more complete photo coming soon.

The #17 and the 2011 mural project was the repainting and restoration of ArtBack's very first mural -
 "Fishing the Clackamas".   
The mural was in poor condition due to weather and the type of paint that was available back then, 
so the artists felt it was very important to maintain and restore what they have created in our community.
Designed By: Jenny Joyce       Location: SW 4th St.
The pristine beauty of the Clackamas River is the pride and joy of Estacada. It is home to Spring Chinook and Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Rainbow Trout. Come on out and try your luck. 
#16" 2010 - "Fishing the Celilo Falls" 
Designed by: John Freese
Location:  Estacada Harvest Market, 3rd and Broadway.

This mural takes a look back to a pre-Columbian era when the Columbia River poured over basalt cliffs making the Celilo Falls the biggest fishery on the west coast of North America.


 


#18 and the 2012 mural is "The Mushroom Forager"
Designed by: Nolene Triska       Located: Dr. Price building, corner of Main and 3rd Street
This mural celebrates the many edible species of fungi in our area and those who pick them, both for use at home and commercially. It's also a tribute to our late founding Artback member, Joe Cotter, who is depicted as the forager

The 2013 and Mural #19 - "The Cycle of Wood"
Restoration / Repainting
Designed by: Joe Cotter
Located: East Wall, 213 SE Main St.
This mural was first painted in 1996 - as the third mural in Estacada. Due to the type of paints that were available back then, this mural desperately needs restoring.  







The 2014 and Mural #20 - "Hamatsu Dance"
Designed by: John Freese
Located: Harvest Market
This mural will complete John Freese’s NW Coast Native Peoples triptych.





The 2015 and Mural #21 is - "Early Trains of Estacada" - Restoration and Repainting.

Designed by: John Freese  
Located: South Wall, 367 SE Main Street
The history of Estacada can't be told without remembering the trains that brought the workers and equipment to build the Three Lynx Power Station in 1905. The trolley brought people out to Cazadero Station to spend the day in the country.  




The 2016 and Mural #22 - "The Celtic World Mural"  
July 17-24, 2016

Designed by: Noah Cotter  
Located: South wall, 367 SE Main Street

​We are now fundraising for this year’s mural, The Celtic World Mural, designed by Noah Cotter. This mural represents the universality of humanity and will be painted in vibrant colors on the north wall of the Mossy Rock building. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Let’s paint the town!