Trash to treasure on view in downtown Oregon City

During the Willamette Falls Festival and Arch Bridge re-opening weekend, Oct. 12 to 14, in downtown Oregon City, visitors will be invited to tour eight storefront locations hosting 18 artists and their artwork.

The art walk is called “RiPPLe Effect.” The RiPPLe Effect works in collaboration with the non-profit We Love Clean Rivers to promote the ideas of sustainability and reuse through art as an annual event that showcases art made from trash collected from the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers.

The RiPPLe Effect was started in 2008; this is the first year the program has used downtown Oregon City as its venue. The result is the opportunity for an art walk that invites visitors to travel around downtown Oregon City as they interact with artists and their creations.

“Kicking off the festival with a downtown art walk that recognizes the influence of the river on our community is a great idea,” said Lloyd Purdy, director of the non-profit Main Street Oregon City Inc. “The RiPPLe Effect is an innovative art program paired with a noble cause.”

The 2012 RiPPLe Effect art auction will take the form of an art walk on Friday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 9 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Oregon City. Participants will be able to meet the artists, buy amazing art and visit local businesses all evening. 

A portion of the proceeds from the art auction will go towards funding more local river clean ups with We Love Clean Rivers, turning restoration into recreation.  “The RiPPLe Effect creates treasure out of trash,” said program coordinator and artist Kricket Caffery.

“Reclaiming and reusing found material from the river and repurposing it into art transforms the way we think about art and our river.” We Love Clean Rivers organizes “Down the River Clean Up,” an event where 300 volunteers float down the Clackamas River and pick up trash and debris. Since 2003, more than 40,000 pounds of trash has been collected from the river and recycled properly.

This year was the 10th annual Clackamas River Clean-Up event, sponsored by We Love Clean Rivers, held on Sept. 9.

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