LEBANON — A new courtyard designed by Oregon artist Lee Imonen, as well as a portrait of namesake Edward C. Allworth and two additional works by Oregon artist April Waters, have been installed at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon.

The works of art are in the main entrance, front lobby and the Canteen of the complex at 600 N. Fifth St., and may be viewed from 8 to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The works were commissioned through Oregon's Percent for Art Program.

The Allworth Veteran's Home Art Selection Committee commissioned two distinct projects. The first is a site-specific work on the campus central courtyard that would inspire the community to remember the contributions of veterans and inspire future generations while providing a site of respite and reflection for the home's 154 residents, and their families and guests.

By creating both individual and group seating opportunities in the Reflection Plaza, Imonen created an environment that draws people in to sit quietly or to gather and visit with one another.

"My intent with Reflection is to create a space that inspires, while fostering a sense of shelter and belonging,” Imonen said. “The plaza environment should feel like an extension of the valley's natural surroundings, as if the landscape and the home's architecture have become interconnected."

At the heart of the design is a basalt reflective pool from which water flows. This basin serves as the hub, the center-point of five radiating spokes. Separately, each section contains private seating spaces for individuals, families or small groups.

Artist April Waters was commissioned to paint a portrait of Edward C. Allworth.

Waters is known for her paintings of the creeks and rivers of Oregon. Her paintings are in many of Oregon's hospitals, medical clinics and wellness centers.

Working from photographs and personal history from Allworth's family, including portions of his original uniform, Waters' portrait commemorates Allworth and his company's attempted crossing of the Meuse River, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

"In this portrait, I sought to illustrate Major Allworth's bravery, steadfastness and optimism,” Waters said. “It was in France, on the banks of the Meuse River, that he helped to bring an end to World War I.”

Additional purchases include two original oil paintings: "Seal Cove, Salmon River Estuary" and "Wizard Island, Crater Lake," which was included in the 2012-2015 Art in Embassies exhibition, "Contemporary Artists of the Pacific Northwest."

The work can be viewed along the east and west walls of the home's Community Center.

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.


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