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Waldport banners build community

Colorful banners hanging from downtown lamp posts are the first project for the fledgling Alsea Bay Center for the Arts

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Waldport banners build community,” Cheri Brubaker’s story about a new public art project, was published originally on June 30, 2021, by YachatsNews.com, an ArtsWatch Community Partner. ArtsWatch is republishing the piece with permission.

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A few years ago, artist Amy Anderson responded to art collector Greg Holland’s social media request seeking people interested in forming a Waldport community arts group.

Anderson’s husband, Greg, and her friend and neighbor, Diana Buckley, joined Holland – now Waldport’s mayor — and five others to form the Alsea Bay Center for the Arts to help spread art education and appreciation in the community.

Amy Anderson, vice president of Alsea Bay Center for the Arts, prepares banners in her home studio for hanging in downtown Waldport. Photo by: Cheri Brubaker/YachatsNews.com
Amy Anderson, vice president of Alsea Bay Center for the Arts, prepares banners in her home studio for hanging in downtown Waldport. Photo by: Cheri Brubaker/YachatsNews.com

With much of the group’s first years spent organizing, then the ensuing pandemic prohibiting gatherings, the group was excited to see its first banner project going up this week on lamp posts along U.S. Highway 101 in Waldport.

The banner project is modeled after similar events put on by the Yachats Banner Project and Yaquina Art Association, Anderson said.

Community partnerships are at the core of the arts group’s mission. The banners are a partnership with 4-H, which sewed the banners, and Waldport High School’s career and technical education class, which silkscreened the backs.

There were both artists and novices decorating the 32 banners. Ages of the artists ranged from 11 to 80.

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