The Artback Artists’ Cooperative was formed in 1992 by nine professional artists who joined together for a local exhibition. Overwhelmed by the tremendous support for their first show, they realized they had the opportunity to play a major role in shaping the future of visual arts in this historic community while increasing civic pride. They are dedicated to bringing art into the local arena to benefit and educate the largest and most diverse population possible.
They have instituted a popular mural tradition that has successfully brought together individuals, businesses and organizations, while creating lasting imagery that reflects and strengthens the proud achievements of our community. They have grown and are now recognized throughout the community as a vital force in the cultural and economic direction of the town.
The annual Summer Celebration arts and music festival was created in 2000 to celebrate the Artback’s annual mural-in-a-weekend project, which takes place every fourth weekend in July.
Some of the murals are historical to the community and others are just plain fun. Come on out to Estacada and experience them in person. The murals can be seen throughout the community; stop by the Chamber of Commerce or the local art gallery, The Spiral Gallery Cooperative, and pick up the Walking Tour Guide to the Murals and enjoy the stroll through the quaint and lovely town of Estacada! The guide gives you information about each mural and where it is located. Some of the murals are painted on panels that can be removed from the building for preservation. The Artback Artists accept donations for each mural, and your name will be painted on that mural’s plaque in appreciation.