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1t,  ra - December 5, 2012 CO/HMUNITV OPINION Page 5 / Art From page 1 Build Communities grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. The center collaborated with Rural Development Initiatives, the Sweet Home Economic Development Group, the Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort and the Philomath Downtown Association to cre- ate art projects. The original idea was to have one art in- stallation, Hoffman said, but it's important to get a critical mass and show what it can do for the streetscape. He hopes local artists will be able to do something similar. "It's a fun project," Hoffman said. "It's good for Sweet Home. It gives us some atten- tion in the arts community." Sweet Home and Philomath community members selected artists from a pool of instal- lation art specialists. "Locally, our role was to select two dif- ferent artists to participate in two separate storefronts," said Hoffman said. A commit- tee including Hoffman, Gai! Gregory, Jo Ann McQueary, Jane McQueen and Judy Dean se- lected Gale Everett and Andy Myers to design art projects for Sweet Home. Once selected, the artists refined their de- signs to the surroundings and history of SwEet Home and Philomath, or making them "fit" in the specific location the artists were assigned. In the windows of 933 Main St., Everett created an installation titled "Unseen Natives," commenting on native fish living in the muddy waters of the flooded fields and agricultural ditches in the Willamette Valley. She has built fish from many paper squares, representing the acres of land dedicat- ed to agricultural production. In keeping with other installation work she has done. Everett uses wire frame forms covered in paper. Multiple windows of 1344 Main St. are taken up with a diorama of drawings by My- ers. Each window shows a different scene. One window shows the fantastical version of the creation of the petrified forest Sweet Home is built on. Myers' work is drawn on foam board mostly in black and white. He includes a single additional color on several panels. "It's kind of a tall-tale take on the petri- fied forest under Sweet Home," said Myers, an Albany resident who teaches at Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community Col- lege. He taps a fantasy creation tale with ant- lered giants building the Sweet Home valley. In a series of panels, giants pour the min- erals that become the petrified forest, and then they carve and design the landscape above, the trees and the South Santiam Rive r. Ultimately, the giants place the buildings into Buckhead and Mossville, which were the communities that eventually became Sweet Home. In the piece, the Buckhead Saloon features a set of antlers above the entrance. The antlers inspired Myers' depiction of the giants. While he was researching Sweet Home's history, Myers found out it was built on a petrified forest, he said. "The single color is definitely my style. It's mostly black and white anyway." It also fit with the old photos he saw of Sweet Home, he said. The single color is something he often adds to his work. "! think it makes the black and white a Pieces of Andy Myers" work show an antlered giant building Mossville and Buckhead. little more interesting," Myers said. It makes it look a little more fantastic and brings the black and white to life. "It's a great way to attract attention to a space," Myers said. "In a small town, it's unique." For a building that's on the market, it's a subtle way to draw attention, said Myers, who grew up in a small Eastern Oregon town, LaGrande. "Maybe it gets people paying atten- tion to a space they'd normally pass on by. The whole idea is putting more contemporary work into a small town." At 1604 Main Street, Philomath, Avantika Bawa transformed the old liquor store with a bright color vinyl to punctuate the building's typical 1970s design. She sees the use of the vinyl lines and fields as a drawing or painting on a large scale, creating a transformed experi- ence of the interior and exterior of the build- ing. The title "Cocktail # ff080" refers to the magenta color as its color-code, as well as the history of the building being a liquor store. For more information about the art, visit theartscenter.net, andrewrmyers.com, avan- tikabawa.net and stickstonesnpaperstew.com. A reception is scheduled for Jan. 18 at the Sweet Home Economic Development Group offices, 401 Main St., Suite D. / Letters From page 4 also wants a new rate for the estatte tax. This aso will. not hel, p rn pay- check or yours. He also is asking that the debt ceiling be lifted so it will not hin- der how much money he can spend. Did the American people vote for a president or a dictator? If you are one of the rich who think that you would not mind pay- ing more in taxes, be my guest. Send a blank check to Obama and have him fill in the amount he wants. No one is stopping you from paying all the taxes youthink you deserve to pay. Four more years of the liberal "dreams come true" equal four more years nightmare." of a "conservative Jeani West Sweet Home Schools budget not adding up Editor: Recently, the Sweet Honae School Board voted our superin- tendent a little more money to go into his pocket at the same tinae the school teachers' union has als;o asked for more money because life is hard for the poor little darling teachers. Let's see if either has earned this money. I have in front of me a school calendar. One hundred sev- enty-eight total days are set aside for the Sweet Home school year. Thirty-six days are non-school days that kids are not required to attend school. I would like anyone associated with the School District to explain this to me because it seems your folks are quite lackadaisical con- cerning our children's welfare and education. Royce Cantrell Sweet Home We're A Discount Variety Store! 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