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Dog days of summer

Art project seeks to liven up St. Helens sidewalks and public spaces

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A collection of colorfully painted wooden dogs is on display in the St. Helens Courthouse plaza. Each dog was decorated by a local artist or business owner.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Designs of each dog vary from breed to breed and artist to artist. This heeler breed sports a collage-like design while others took on a more realistic-looking coat or pattern.A collection of colorful wooden dog cutouts currently on display in the St. Helens Courthouse Plaza is part of a community art project put on by the St. Helens Economic Development Corp.

More than 15 dog cutouts were fabricated by SHEDCO members through a grant from the Columbia County Cultural Coalition and then decorated by local artists and business owners for a sponsorship fee.

SHEDCO members plan to leave the dogs in the plaza for a short period before they are moved to various locations in SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Other dogs, like this large herding dog breed features an artistic interpretation of the dogs origins. Dog cutouts of all sizes are on display in the plaza.town for the remainder of the summer.

"The project encourages people to walk and use public space as well as realize local talents and connect with local businesses," a laminated description sheet about the project reads.

Visit the St. Helens Courthouse Plaza to see the dogs and learn more about the project.