It is ART that makes life, makes interest, makes importance,
and I know of no substitute for the FORCE and BEAUTY of its process.
~ Henry James
Artist, Becky Hawley 2020
This narrative guides you through the artist’s vision. Throughout the artwork individual vignettes promote the mural’s themes.
The Library vignette, starting on the left…
The library is a gem in the heart of Sandy. This vignette has themes of reading, lifelong learning and growth through adversity, and we’ve had a lot of adversity this year. How will we remember 2020; politics, virus, economic freefall and the wildfires? Today’s experiences are tomorrow’s stories and I imagine we will remember 2020 for quite a while. The library wall will record bits of 2020 for the next generation.
The Main Plaque: The artist’s vision references the prehistoric migration of humans from Eurasia into North America and the waves of migration since. It’s natural to see an influx of new people to our rural area and resent it, but as long as there are people on earth, they will be looking for a ‘better place’ and Sandy is a ‘better place’ for many. We can find ways to adjust, to get along and to coexist peacefully. Using birds and animals the artwork tells the story of migration, promotes the idea of coexisting, and illustrates the theme that we are better and stronger together. (Acknowledgements appear here.)
The Flag vignette: From the south, a flock of migrating birds stream northward beyond the American flag, while below a majestic Bald Eagle spreads its wings. At the bottom of the flagpole a floating blue and gold banner reads: SANDY, OREGON USA. It’s a good spot for visitors to snap a photo.
Moving right; Under Mt Hood, the COEXIST arch shows cats, a dog, a squirrel and birds all coexisting peacefully. The viewer will interpret it, as they wish to see it.
The WALL of WISDOM will contain words and sayings, sent in by the community, in various sizes, fonts and colors. Some may be read from the bus stop, but many will require a walk along the wall. Words of wisdom will be written throughout the artwork, from the beginning to the end of the 120 foot wall..
The far right vignette features the CULTIVATE KINDNESS Community Garden. Migrating birds fill a tree, while looking for a place to nest.
Under the GROW TOGETHER sign: Vine covered, painted lattice work will provide a framework for colorful flowers donated by the community. For donations of $50 or more, the donor’s name will appear on the garden door.
(Note, a limited number of people can sign up to receive a flower painting tutorial and paint flowers on the wall.)
The mural’s artwork will really get underway when the weather improves in the spring. We hope you will support this mural and its timely message, GROW TOGETHER.
Please let us know if you have questions, or if you would like to participate in any way.
Cultivate kindness everyday,
Becky Hawley, Artist
Wy’east Artisans Guild
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Wy’east Artisans Guild
PO Box 682, Sandy 97055
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