The year 2001 saw Independence, Oregon add new sidewalks and lamp posts to its Historic Main Street. Soon after that the City wanted some banners with a warm and welcoming image to brighten up those historic lamp posts. They knew that the commercially-available banners would risk making Independence look like every other small town.
They wanted something original, unique.
River Gallery with its reservoir of creative talent was and is still located on Main Street right in the middle of that recently enhanced part of town. So naturally they enlisted the artists of River Gallery to hand paint 27 original banners on canvas with images to illustrate the story and spirit of this Mid-Willamette Valley town.
As the town grew, the demand for more original banners grew. The gallery artists created additional banners for the Cinema Block and parking lot.