Benefit Concert and Silent Auction:
Guitar Virtuoso, TERRY ROBB – New Album Tour: Confessin’ My Dues
Friday, August 2, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Willamette Heritage Center | Dye Room
Including a special guest appearance by Caesar the No Drama Llama
Save the Salem Peace Mosaic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed last summer to find a way to preserve the “River of Peace” mosaic currently on the façade of the Salem Family YMCA, when the building is demolished to make way for a new facility at Court and Cottage Streets.
The 60-foot mosaic, installed in 2011, was created by over 600 adults and young people from all parts of the Salem community, under the leadership of nationally recognized mosaic artist Lynn Takata. Running the length of the mosaic is the full text of “Capital,” a poem by 2010-2014 Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, which she composed specifically for the mosaic. “Salem, we’re speaking Peace each time / we say your name,” proclaims Petersen’s poem. The entire mosaic embodies the message that “Salem” literally means “Peace.”
The August 2nd benefit concert and silent auction is one of a series of events held over the past year by SSPM to spread awareness that the mosaic might be destroyed and to raise funds to preserve it and re-install it in a new, publicly accessible site in Salem. Handwritten cards that SSPM has received from hundreds of children and adults testify that the mosaic is precious to Salemites who have seen and touched it often as they walked by it on Court Street.
The non-profit’s Board of Directors and other SSPM volunteers have worked with the YMCA, the City of Salem, and other entities, building partnerships as plans for demolition of the existing YMCA facility have moved forward. The YMCA and its general contractor, CD Redding, have committed to cooperating in the safe removal of the mosaic from the wall. The City of Salem has offered to store the mosaic until it can be re-installed, and the Riverfront Carousel has offered a site for its re-installation at their future artists’ studio building, adjacent to the Carousel.
The benefit concert and silent auction at Willamette Heritage Center’s Dye House on August 2nd will help raise funds to carry out the work of saving the mosaic. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Terry Robb, a musician described by Living Blues as “one of the finest acoustic guitarists on the international scene.” They will also have a chance to bid on items ranging from hand-turned wooden bowls to mixed-media wall art to a llama-fiber rug. And they will get to meet Caesar the No Drama Llama in person.
Tickets are $10, available online at https://www.savethesalempeacemosaic.org/events and on Facebook.