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Bear Holding Pig Statue from BearFest in Grants Pass, Oregon

For three years, a community art project in downtown Grants Pass, Oregon, commissioned local artists to create and paint bears of all shapes, sizes and personalities. Previous years they decorated eagles and other indigenous animals. In the summers of 2010 and 2014, the BearFest returned and graced the street corners with these adorable creatures before […]

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Victorian Mural of First National Bank of Southern Oregon in Grants Pass, Oregon

When entering Grants Pass, Oregon, you drive under a sign reading, “It’s the Climate.” This has welcomed visitors since 1920. Then you start noticing the marvelous downtown buildings. They have been carefully maintained and refurbished. During its history, Grants Pass was a major stop for stagecoaches, the Oregon-California Railroad and travelers along the Rouge River. […]

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Hotel Josephine Mural Right Side Detail by John Michener in Grants Pass, Oregon

On the corner of E and Sixth Streets in Grants Pass is a mural recreating the Hotel Josephine constructed in 1893. In 1925, it was renamed the Redwoods Hotel. Fifty years later, the historic property was torn down. This is the right detail of an almost three-dimensional painting by John Michener on the old Redwoods […]

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Hotel Josephine Mural Left Side Detail by John Michener in Grants Pass, Oregon

The Hotel Josephine in Grants Pass, Oregon, was built in 1893. Each room of the luxury accommodations featured electricity, gas for cooking and a wood burning stove for heat. The original building was destroyed by fire in 1975. This mural painted on the 1925 expansion shows the hotel in its early 20th century glory. This […]

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Cottage For Sale Mural in Grants Pass, Oregon

“First Friday Art Night” is a monthly event in Grants Pass when residences stroll through downtown and enjoy the visual, literary and performing arts. Yet there are plenty of artworks to enjoy every day with so many wall murals around, including this one called, “Cottage for Sale.” The pedestrian traffic light on the left is […]