Fountain mosaic: Volunteers welcome complete park project

April 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History
A volunteer places white tiles at the March workshop. In April, volunteers will place the blue tiles.

A volunteer places white tiles at the March workshop. In April, volunteers will place the blue tiles.

Tile-by-tile.

Volunteer-by-volunteer.

Step-by-step, the project is nearing completion.

Since last summer, volunteers along with community artists have been creating mosaic tiles to be placed in the Leo Martin Rumely III Memorial Fountain in Coolidge McClaine Park.

The fountain is located near the staircase to the creek. Orange plastic fencing currently surrounds it as work is being done to prepare the site.

The mosaic tiles are expected to be placed in late May with the dedication of the fountain taking place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19.

Silverton mosaic artist Christine Carlisle has been leading the project, which has received support from the city of Silverton, the Silverton Rotary Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation / Rural Development Initiative.

The project also has received financial and non-monetary contributions from local businesses, organizations and individuals in Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills. Both money and volunteers are still needed to finish the project.

If you would like to lend a hand in creating a tile, the next tile mosaic workshop is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Silverton Grange Hall, 201 Division St., Silverton.

If you look closely at each tile, you might spy the handiwork of the person placing the tiles. For example, one mother and daughter team put their initials in the tile – J and K.

The workshop is free and all the materials are provided.

Volunteers can stop-by anytime and stay for an hour or all day.

There are workshops every Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Silverton Senior Center. Everyone is invited.

For information, send an email to Cindi@fountainmosaic.com.

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