Temporary Mural Going Up At The Cannery

Still0222_00001EUGENE, Ore. — A new temporary mural will be going up on the side of the Cannery in downtown Eugene.

Restaurant owners and a local artist designed a set of panels where artists will be able to hang their large paintings.

They’ll display each mural for a few months before replacing it with another artists’ work.

Restaurant owners say the mural will be in a heavy traffic area which will be great for local artists.

“Mural art is very appealing to us and you know it certainly, given our location on East 11th Avenue here, gives a lot of people the opportunity to take a look at it,” said Michael Wares, The Cannery owner.

The existing mural will stay on the building. Any artists interested in designing a display for the wall can call The Cannery.

Students Create Mural of Bottle Caps

Bottle Caps PicSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield Elementary School is showing off its new mural, and it took them nearly a year to round up the supplies.

A group of fourth and fifth graders at Guy Lee Elementary, called the Green Team, collected 15,000 bottle caps to create a mural. The coral reef themed piece consists of five four-by-eight plywood panels.

“I think my favorite part was just seeing the children work and being able to just dive in and work as a team and for reaching a goal,” said Bradley Barnhart, Green Team Advisor.

The mural will be unveiled this Friday night at Guy Lee Elementary, located at 755 Harlow Rd, Springfield, OR 97477.

Graffiti – A Photo Essay


Our shops are filled with art, our streets are filled with talented, undiscovered artists.  On my travels around Eugene, I discovered the many different forms of art known and labeled as Graffiti. A brick wall, a door, an overpass, a wooden fence, boxcars, any place they can find to leave their mark.  It is illegal and we cover it up.

I wanted to show the other side of Graffiti.  Some is quite beautiful in my opinion. Why do they do it?  Why do any of us do anything? To express ourselves.  Does graffiti mean vandalism, or does it mean self expression?  Is it all related to gangs?  No. Does payment for or a group of children painting the side of a brick building constitute the difference between graffiti or a mural?  If you can read it and understand it, does it make it okay?

Graffiti:  A writing that has been scribbled, scratched or sprayed.  Graffiti dates back to ancient Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire.  It is an art form, it is not new and it is not going to stop any time soon. In researching this project, I discovered there are many famous Graffiti artists.  Banksy for example;  he is known world wide for his political messages and is well respected, yet his identity is greatly protected.

I wrote to him to see (you never know unless you ask) if he would give me a little insight to his art.  What does it mean to be him and how in the world does he get a shopping cart painted on the side of a high rise building without anyone noticing.

“Hi Sandy,  Thanks for taking the time to write to Banksy, who is currently too busy doing charity work/helping the sick to reply in person.  (he then directs me to Banksy’s website)  Good Luck.  Regards and good wishes.”  Dean  PCO.

What is the answer to graffiti? I don’t think there is one to be honest.  There are boards to legally paint on by Skinners Butte.  I stopped by and found a young man getting ready to “paint” but when he saw me, he started to pack his bag.  I told him it was okay, he didn’t have to leave.  This was his territory not mine.  He declined to speak with me.

“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked.  Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases.  Where standing at a bus stop was never boring.  A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business.  Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.”  ― BanksyWall and Piece

Take a moment to notice the “graffiti” in our ever changing scenery.

All images coyright Sandy Harris/all rights reserved.

April 10 – Morning Headlines



Nancy Golden secures another award for excellence.
  • Eugene firefighter receives $285,000 in settlement with city
    A Eugene firefighter has received $285,000 to settle her lawsuit accusing city fire department officials of discriminating against her on the basis of sex and “perceived disability” when she returned to work after receiving a heart pacemaker in 200…
  • Boise man pleads guilty in connection with shooting in rural Veneta
    The state dropped an attempted murder charge against a Boise man after he pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a Feb. 3 shooting in rural Veneta. Johnny Robert Hausman, 39, was…
  • Veneta home “fully involved” in afternoon fire
    Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire at at 24869 Bolton Hill Ed in Veneta Monday. The structure was “fully involved,” Lane County Fire District No. 1 Chief Terry Ney said. As many as 17 vehicles responded …
  • UO custodian arrested for numerous thefts of electronics
    Eugene police recovered more than $10,000 worth of stolen electronics at the home of a University of Oregon custodian. Thomas Wayne Morgan Jr. of Springfield, 40, was charged with first-degree theft, second-degree burgulary, and official miscondu…
  • Board votes to keep mural, add interpretive sign
    The controversy over the American flag in a school mural came to an end at Springfield’s school board meeting Monday night. The school district unanimously voted to allow the school mural to remain the way it is.
  • Free auto emission testing
    Lane Regional Air Protection Agency is giving drivers a chance to check out their vehicles for free the next two weekends.
  • Golden recognized for equity efforts
    Springfield School District Superintendent Nancy Golden will be honored Wednesday for her efforts to improve achievement for all district students. Golden is one of two educators who will receive the Tom Ruhl Leadership for Equity Award…
  • 17 percent of Oregon workers are union members
    Figures recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that union members make up 17 percent of all workers in Oregon, seventh-highest in the nationally. The national average is…
  • AAA: Average price of gasoline in Oregon $4.10
    The AAA auto club reports the average price of gasoline in Oregon is $4.10.
  • Ducks come from behind to beat San Francisco 4-2
    Scott Heineman didn’t wake up Monday expecting to be on the mound when the Ducks took on San Fransisco. “I actually found out on Twitter,” said the true freshman from Pacific Palisades, Calif. “A buddy of mine sent me a text and said ‘you kn…
  • Samantha Pappas earns softball Pac-12 Player of the Week honor
    After winning its first Pac-12 series of the season this past weekend, the No. 17 Oregon softball team received some more good news when junior center fielder Samantha Pappas was named the conference’s Player of the Week award for April 2-8, commissi…
  • G Jared Cunningham declares for draft
    Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham is skipping his senior season and entering the NBA draft.

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We haven’t seen much rain so far this week, but that will change as the week progresses.

High: 63
Low: 40
Rain: 50%

high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on the yellow line ) gave us just a slight chance of sprinkles Saturday and Easter Sunday. The ridge will be replaced by a low pressure area (“U” shape on the yellow line) which will increase the chance of rain for the rest of the week. A frontal system will be moving through Oregon. Yet another frontal system (position shown is Thursday)  will approach the coast and push through more rain..

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