Studio Art Direct creates an art collection for Happy Valley City Hall that honors the past and celebrates the future

Combining historic photographs, original paintings, and limited editions by local artists, Studio Art Direct created a City Hall art program that honors the past and celebrates modern art.

Historic panels on frosted plex
Historic panels on frosted plex

Portland, Oregon – The city of Happy Valley developed very quickly over the past several years because it became part of the Oregon’s famed Urban Growth Boundary. With that, homes parks and schools replaced farmlands. To honor the past, Studio Art Direct worked with locals to gather historic images of the farms and people from the late 1800’s on.

Jason Tuck, Happy Valley Development Director
Jason Tuck, Happy Valley Development Director

The beautiful old photographs, some as small as 3″x5″, were drum-scanned for the highest quality and resolution then optimized in Photoshop cleaning scratches, balancing color and creating consistency throughout all images.  The historic images were then printed on 4’x4′ frosted plex panels with beveled edges. On each panel, Studio Art Direct supplied a brief history based on its research. Each panel was hung in the large, main lobby windows with an Arakawa cable system. The light shows beautifully through the frosted plex illuminating the historic panels.

60x48 by Donna Young
60x48 by Donna Young

Studio Art Direct also commissioned two local artists to paint 48×60 oil on canvas landscapes reminiscent of the valley’s scenery. In an abstract landscape style of painting, Donna Young and Scott Gellatly painted beautiful artworks capturing the aura of Happy Valley.

For the “planning area,” Studio Art Direct’s president, Janelle Baglien, used modern technologies to create 8 two-layered, floating art installations which showcase some of Happy Valley’s parks, buildings, and landscapes.  Original plan drawings were scanned and printed on

Plex panels with a landscape rendering floats over modern photography.
Plex panels with a landscape rendering floats over modern photography.

frosted plex with beveled edges.  These images, including the original “skinny paper” sketches of the new City Hall, were then floated 1/2″ over another complimentary photograph printed on Sintra or sustainable bamboo. Each 20×30 multi-layered art piece was mounted with beautiful 1″ aluminum standoffs for a modern look.  The result is three-dimensional and takes a standard architectural or landscape rendering and turns it into a true work of art.

In addition to commissioned and “out of the box” giclee applications, we provided open edition and limited edition paintings by regional artists for office and general areas through out the building.

Giclee on canvas by Marla Baggetta was stretched on 2" bars for depth and drama.
Giclee on canvas by Marla Baggetta was stretched on 2" bars for depth and drama.

 

Happy Valley City Council and art committee deserve high praise for supporting the local art community on this project.
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