A trio of murals in downtown Woodburn explore the city’s history and add a touch of natural beauty to the already vibrant community in the heart of Willamette Valley farm country.
In particular, Portland artists Jeffrey Sincich and Josh Stover made a point to connect with the community’s past and present with a pair of murals in downtown.
One is a 200-foot-long painting that pays tribute to the Pix Theatre, which once showed movies in downtown Woodburn and was noted for its iconic sign. (That sign’s design is faithfully recreated in the painting.) “It looks like you can almost walk into the building,” says Amanda Setzer-Lemon, economic development specialist for the City of Woodburn, about the creative design.
Elsewhere in downtown, Sincich and Stover have painted a large mural to add a bit of color to the Dahlia Plaza “pocket park” at 333 North First St. Naturally, the painting is of a few vibrant dahlias, which helps liven up the concrete-heavy park.
Roughly two miles away is a colorful mural from Oregon artist Hector H. Hernandez; the mural’s many highlights pay tribute to the people, places, and industries that have made Woodburn such a bustling community – including the Settlemier House (which dates back to 1892), a steam locomotive, the annual Fiesta Mexicana celebration (which honors the region’s farm workers and celebrates the end of harvest), a Russian Orthodox Church, and the colorful fields at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. The mural sits on the side of the Woodburn Independent newspaper building at North Pacific Highway and Mt. Hood Avenue.
Setzer-Lemon says that, taken together, the murals communicate something unique and important about Woodburn’s community pride. “We want visitors to feel what we feel from the community all the time,” she says. “It’s a very vibrant, loving community, and we want to give our due respect to the people and the history."