Oregon Coast today. (Lincoln City, OR) 2005-current, February 21, 2020, Page 17, Image 17

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A city with its art in the right place
Th e fi ve fi nalists in the running to create
a major new piece of public art in Lincoln
City will present their visions in a public
forum on Friday, Feb. 28.
Th e fi ve, selected by the Public Arts
Committee, will each give a presentation on
their past work and share their visions for
a large-scale art installation to be built as
part of the renovation of the Lincoln City
Cultural Center’s plaza.
As part of the Public Art Master
Plan approved by city council, the Public
Arts Committee was given the task of
recommending an artist to build a large
scale art installation in Lincoln City. Th e
committee issued an RFQ Call For Artists
and received multiple proposals. Members
narrowed the list to fi ve fi nalists, Pete
Beeman, Hilary Pfi efer, Heidi Erickson, Bill
and Karma Simmons, and Adrienne Peck
from Rohleder Borges. Th ese fi ve talented
artists will each have an opportunity to
share photos of previous art installations
and talk about their vision for this project.
Th ey will then be available to answer
questions from the public. Comment cards
Up nest in Pacific City
Registration is now open for the 15th
Annual Birding & Blues Festival, which
will return to Pacifi c City in April.
Running from Friday, April 17, to
Sunday, April 19, the festival aims to
share the natural beauty and wildlife of
the area while off ering education and
entertainment for visitors and the local
Th e three-day festival kicks off with
two all-day birding excursions including
the Th ree Capes Scenic Route and the
Bay-to Bay Tour, off ering views of the
Pacifi c Ocean, bays, headlands, forests,
rivers and pastures — each a unique
birding habitat.
Th e opening day will also see free
community events on off er at the
Kiawanda Community Center, including
a children’s art activity, live birds of prey
exhibit and a show by entertainer and
amateur ornithologist Tony Starlight.
Th is year’s keynote speaker is Janet
Essley, a painter, muralist and teaching
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will be available for the public to fi ll out and
light refreshments will be provided.
After the forum and interviews, the
committee will narrow the list to one
recommendation, which they will present to
city council for approval.
Th e forum will run from 5 to 7 pm in
the Council Chambers at Lincoln City
Hall, located on the third fl oor at 801 SW
Hwy. 101.
For more information, contact Liz
Francis at 541-996-1272 or at lfrancis@
artist with more than 20 years of
experience creating collaborative murals.
Essley’s presentation will focus on the
Red Knot, a large sandpiper that migrates
to the Oregon Coast. Th e slideshow
presentation explores the amazing natural
history of these long-distance migratory
shorebirds, spiced up with stories from
human cultures around the world.
On Saturday evening, festival guests
can boogie down as the Kiawanda
Community Center hosts a live blues
“Sparky the Wish Guardian” by Heidi Erickson
show from Billy D and the Hoodoos.
Th roughout the weekend, additional
presentations will cover topics including
Oregon’s rare Humboldt marten, “Orcas,
Wolves of the Sea;” and “Shorebirds: the
elegant travelers.” Th is year’s fi eld trip
locations include Nestucca Bay National
Wildlife Refuge and Hawk Creek in
Neskowin. Guests can also visit with local
artists, take guided paddle trips and tour
the Nestucca Rivers by dory boat, weather
For more information or to buy tickets,
go to www.birdingandblues.org.