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Bringing Art to the Streets for Gresham

Have you heard of Gresham Outdoor Public Art? It is a nonprofit formed by a group of dedicated citizens to bring public art to our community. The first undertaking of the Gresham Outdoor Public Art organization was to commission a plaque to be placed with a sculpture that has been at the skate park in Main City Park since 2012, “without anybody knowing where it came from,” said Judy Han, a longtime force in the Gresham art community. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, GOPA added a plaque that names the sculpture “Crash,” and the sculptor, Michael DeSimone.” The plaque was unveiled on November 11th, 2015.

GOPA has also commissioned a sculpture of a guide dog, a meaningful choice given that “Guide Dogs have been in Gresham for years,” Han said. The national group, “Guide Dogs for the Blind”, which has campuses in San Rafael, Calif., and Boring, brings the dogs from Boring to train on Gresham city streets. Cascade Locks artist Heather Soderberg will create the sculpture. Han is also in contact with art students at Mt. Hood Community College to see if some of them would be interested in creating public art for the city. These quotes come from an article by Teresa Carson published in The Outlook. To view the full article: portlandtribune.com

The next project for GOPA is commissioning Don Gray, a nationally renowned muralist, to bring his sketch to life this July on the Jazzy Bagel building wall, corner of Powell Blvd and Main in Gresham. This building originated as Gresham Drug Company's Gresham Rexall Drug in the early 1900's and truly was the heart of our community.

YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS GREAT CAUSE STARTING TODAY, Friday May 20th at their "Funky Junque" Sale behind the Gresham Post Office at 121 NW First Street from 8am-6pm both Friday and Saturday!

Be a part of bringing art to the streets of Historic Downtown Gresham!