PAC makes progress toward art beautification projects

Dec. 5, 2018 — Public Art Committee (PAC) has been making some big strides towards 2019, the biggest year yet for the committee.

After a competitive application process, the Public Art Committee has nominated two members of the public to be part of our Selection Committee for the Central Lincoln PUD building mural.

Annalee Griffis, a Siuslaw High School senior, and Patricia Briggs, who recently moved to Florence from Yachats, will join Harlen Springer (PAC chairperson), Joshua Greene (City Councilor and Ex-Officio to PAC) and Mark Freeman (Central Lincoln PUD representative) on the selection committee.

The selection committee will meet the first week of December, where they will make a recommendation to the PAC about what artist’s proposal should be chosen for the Central Lincoln PUD Mural.

PAC values the input of the community on these types of serious decisions and aims to involve the community as much as possible.

The final decision will be made by the full Public Art Committee at the next meeting on Monday, Dec. 10, to which the public is invited.

At the Nov. 20 meeting of the Florence Urban Renewal Agency (FURA), the board authorized City Manager Erin Reynolds to sign the contract for Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, the artist chosen for the Siuslaw Bridge Steps project.

Now that the contract is signed, the artist will be finalizing her design based off input from FURA board members as well as members of PAC, then submitting it to the Oregon Department of Transportation as well as the State Historic Preservation Office for review.

Once she has been approved, Brinkerhoff will be working on fabrication of the metal pieces of her installation over the winter with a hopeful installation date before Rhody Days in May 2019.

With the passage of the Committee and Commission Policy Manual at the Nov. 5 meeting of Florence City Council, the Public Art Committee can now have up to 11 members, which the committee is actively recruiting for.

Anyone interested in public art, meeting new people in the Florence community or just want to be involved in the beautification of the city is encouraged to apply to serve on then PAC committee.

Applications can be found on the City of Florence’s website at

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