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Watch Us Grow – Toledo Style at the Olalla Center

Reo Russell, staff artist works on the lettering for the Olalla Center sign in the mural.

Reo Russell, staff artist works on the lettering for the Olalla Center sign in the mural.

Eric Sappington, Associate Artistic Director works on the painted aspects of the mural.

Eric Sappington, Associate Artistic Director works on the painted aspects of the mural.

Laurie Leedy, staff artist works on the mosaic elements of the mural done in 4 types of mosaic.

Laurie Leedy, staff artist works on the mosaic elements of the mural done in 4 types of mosaic.

These are two of the glass and tile mosaic flowers who were supported by two sponsors, the rose on the left is for Newport Lazerquick, and the rose on the right was gifted to Bea Sands of Newport who donated much of the stained glass being used for the project.

These are two of the glass and tile mosaic flowers who were supported by two sponsors, the rose on the left is for Newport Lazerquick, and the rose on the right was gifted to Bea Sands of Newport who donated much of the stained glass being used for the project.

“Watch us Grow” the new community art mural at the Olalla Center for Children & Families & the Flowerree Community Center is currently taking shape after months of preparation and work.

We are currently seeking rummage sale or monetary donations to be able to complete our mural.

The project is being undertaken by the Oregon Coast Children’s Theatre & Youth Art Center which is housed in Suite #3 at the part of the building designated as the Olalla Business Center. Other tenants include – KYAQ the new community radio station and several artesian studios along with the Youth Art Center.

Besides the mural, the project includes improvements to the main staircase of Olalla, and signs for the complex. Fund-raising began in the fall of 2013 with both grant writing and reaching out to the community for sponsorship of the project through the purchase of the large flowers as part of the mural design. The design of the mural shows children playing in the shadow of the Oregon Coast Range among a field of large flowers. A nod to the support of the Flowerree Foundation who helped Olalla purchase the building, and the back portion of the building is the new Flowerree Community Center named in honor of Mr. Robert E. Flowerree who was a former executive with Georgia-Pacific in Toledo. The top of the mural is done in paint, to bottom which includes the flowers is done in Mosaic.

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Stage One of the project is almost done, the painted mural will be complete in about 10 days, and the 1st half of the mosaic mural should be done by the end of June. The project needs the communities help in order to raise the funding to complete the project, especially after several grant rejections including one from Georgia-Pacific which was unexpected. These funds would go to pay for the hardware needed to do the staircase repairs & to aid the project in sign completion which is not part of the In-kind donations given to the project.

After touring programs around the state during the school year OCCT/OCCCA who is undertaking the project has nearly exhausted its project revenue for the mural project and needs to raise more funds to finish the project. Funding is tight as social programs continue to be the emphasis for most foundation partners here in Oregon. Arts, culture and youth programs as usual are taking a back seat when funding is tight. Even with funding down about $15,000.00 for the year, the project is moving forward thanks to the generous in-kind donations of the Hohler Family in Otis, and Bea Sands of Newport who donated thousands of dollars worth of stained glass, and tile for the project. These in-kind donations will also support other public works of art to be done by OCCT in the coming years.

The project has raised enough funds through sponsors- both business, and families to complete the left side of the mosaic mural. The charity estimates it will need to sell around 20 family or individual flowers at $50.00 each, and 3-5 business flowers at $100.00 each. Painted portions of the mural are being done by Associate Artistic Director Eric Sappington and other OCCT staff along with 3 local artists; they include Marlo Brody, Jac Genovese, and Laurie Leedy who is also a staff artist, educator and performer with the children’s theatre & youth art center. Reo Russell another staff member and artist is assisting Mr. Sappington.

“Watch us Grow” community art mural project report:

The mosaic elements of the mural are 4 types of mosaic including glass, pebble, tile, and hand cast & sculpted ceramics. The flowers where each designed by Laurie Leedy, and the overall mosaic & ceramic design and direction was done by Lawrence Adrian, Artistic Director/CEO of the organization. Working with community and youth volunteers Mr. Adrian has also been aided by- Dina Britton’ Kirk Education Director & her husband Daniel who have both put many hours into the mosaic elements of the project. To date over 100 community members, students, artists, and volunteers have worked on the project.

The community can help in several ways: 1st by purchasing a flower, you can send your check or money order to- OCCT P.O. Box 538 Toledo, Oregon 97391, or e-mail Mr. Adrian at oregoncoastchildrenstheatre@gmail.com for more information.

Funds are needed by June 30th in this current fund-raising cycle. 2nd if you cannot donate a monetary donation to the charity, then donate an item. OCCT is collecting rummage sale items for a fund-raising event on June 30th and June 31st Friday and Saturday from 10-5 at the Art Center to both raise funds for the project and to give the community an opportunity to help lay some of the tile on the mosaic panels. To donate to the rummage sale please call Neciah Morrison at 541-961-3852 for pickup of items, or items can be dropped by the building and placed in drop boxes in front of the art center studio. Please no large furniture items.

Please come by the site and support art and culture, and the future of community events at both Olalla and the Flowerree Community Center. For other donations or questions please contact – Mr. Lawrence D. Adrian, Artistic Director/CEO by e-mail at- (oregoncoastchildrenstheatre@gmail.com) or call their state-wide booking and information line at 503-790-0952.

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