Local artists selected for storm drain painting

The City of Bend and its Arts Beautification and Culture Commission have selected three local artists to paint around four different storm drains as part of the City’s “Clean Water Works” campaign.

The storm drain painting pilot project aims to use art to increase awareness about the connection between street storm drains, the Deschutes River and more.

David Kinker, Nick Maithonis and Lisa Marie Sipe will be working on their projects during the first week of August.

Kinker was selected to paint two storm drains: the corner of Pageant Park near the footbridge over the Deschutes River; and along Harmon Boulevard, next to the ballfields. He has murals in public places such as the Deschutes Brewery, Tower Theater and St. Charles.

“My  art work reflects the sincere love of our natural environment and water and rivers specifically. This project is a natural mix for my two greatest loves, painting and a life time love affair with the river,” Kinker said.

Maithonis will paint a storm drain on Tumalo Avenue at the southern edge of Drake Park.

“My art career has been long, had its ups and downs, gotten me in trouble, and ultimately allowed me a passage to voice my ideas and concerns to the public,” Maithonis said in a news release. “I chose the layout of my storm drain painting to represent the beautiful wildlife that calls the Deschutes River home and to bring attention to the impact we have on the river. I believe it is our duty to take care of the Deschutes not only to preserve an important landmark and recreational site, but also to maintain the crucial life source to native habitat.”

Sipe has been selected to paint a storm drain at Galveston Avenue and Columbia Street.

“I applied for the storm drain art project because it is important to protect the flora and fauna of this incredible area we live in.” Sipe said in the news release. “The artwork I’m creating for the storm drain at Galveston and Columbia combines local aquatic wildlife (Oregon Spotted Frog, Foskett Speckled Dace, Warner Sucker and Bull Trout) in the shape of a water droplet. I wanted to visually reinforce that the water going into the storm drain is traveling directly to where local wildlife lives.”

The storm drain painting project is happening in conjunction with Stream Stewardship Day on Saturday, Aug. 8. Visit www.upperdeschuteswatershedcouncil.org/events for more information.  Stream Stewardship Day is based at Riverbend Park, but cleanup efforts will also extend to the Pageant, Harmon and Drake parks.

The City’s Clean Water Works campaign provides information about how to keep water clean, including the Deschutes River and our drinking water. For more information: www.bendoregon.gov/cleanwaterworks, or Wendy Edde, utility program manager, 541-317-3018 or wedde@bendoregon.gov.

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