The Powerhouse Project - 2010 
Estacada on the Clackamas
The Powerhouse Project: River Mill Dam

The four Portland General Electric powerhouses on the Clackamas River, built in the early part of the 20th century, are an integral part of Estacada's history. The Estacada Area Arts Commission is pleased to be collaborating with PGE on a multi-year project to explore these dams and powerhouses through the arts. This first exhibit showcases artwork inspired by a two-day "art jam" held onsite at River Mill Dam on May 20 and 21, 2010. Another art jam will be held this May at Oak Grove Powerhouse, followed by an art show at the Estacada Public Library in October.

Estacada Arts Commissioner Jane Reid was inspired by a similar project conducted by the Willamette Heritage Foundation and felt a similar approach would work on the Clackamas River. PGE was more than open to the concept and provided hours of assistance. The Arts Commission is especially grateful to Deb Schallert, Bob Steele and Norm Ernst, who made this idea a reality. The resulting work from the 22 artists and writers who participated is absolutely beautiful and has just left its second venue - the Clackamas County Development Services Building. In May it will move to PGE’s headquarters at the World Trade Center in Portland. 

Here are the visual artists who participated in this project. Click on their art to see and read more about their project.   Unless otherwise noted, all works are for sale by contacting the artist directly.   


Neal Philpott