Art students from Camas High School, members of the Downtown Camas Association (DCA), and the City of Camas worked together to paint downtown street murals that will add vibrancy and sense of place on either side of the location of the Camas Farmer’s Market which opens June 1st. Fun!
After seeing the transformation of a neighborhood city intersection in the Arnada neighborhood in Vancouver, Caroline Mercury, the Board President of the DCA, brought the idea of doing a street emblem (or mural) to Downtown Camas. The DCA Design Committee thought that doing street murals in the intersections on both sides of the Camas Farmer’s Market block would be a nice tribute to what this market brings to our town and create more of a sense of place.
After discussing the idea with the City, the DCA contacted Gina Mariotti Shapard, the chair of the Integrated Arts & Academics (IAA) program, then in its first year, about the project. Inspired by having students contributing to a real life art project in the community, Gina had her 28 freshman students design art with the guidelines that it needed to be able to be reproduced on a street intersection scale and that the art should reflect the feel of the Camas Farmer’s Market. All of the entries of hand drawn art were submitted to the DCA Design Committee and Brianna Cloutier’s design was chosen. A graphic designer at the school working with the art students, Tamra Sheline, helped to convert the hand drawing into a graphic rendition that could be used to create the street stencil. The murals are 20’ x 20’.
Caroline contacted the citizens who had worked on the Arnada street murals to find out details about creating the stencils, the type of paint to use, etc. and worked with the stencil creator in Portland. Denis Ryan with the City of Camas coordinated the street prep and connected the DCA with the proper traffic paint by Sherwin Williams which offered the DCA a discount because of the nature of the community project.
“It’s exciting to be painting the street mural for the Camas Farmer’s Market in my home town where I’m growing up,” says Paton Bates, sophomore in the CHS Integrated Arts & Academics program. “We can leave a mark, especially artwork that the program (IAA) can take pride in. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able connect with the community in our school work.”
Thanks to everyone who came out–what a great community collaboration!
For all the pictures of the project, click here!