The Toledo Chamber is proud to celebrate the installation of its new welcome sign at the Chamber office. This sign is very special as it took the efforts of the hands, minds and talent of Toledo’s local artists to bring the concept to fruition. The sign itself was hand carved by Rodney Lehrbass and designed and painted by Angie Lehrbass. The beautiful and very special mounting bracket was designed and hand crafted by the late metal sculptor Sam Briseño who was a fixture in Toledo’s art scene for many years.
Originally, the bracket was created for Dave Silwones of Toledo Clayworks, it was designed to hold the sign at Dave’s prior wood-turning business on Toledo’s Main Street and Dave graciously donated this incredible piece of ‘Public Art’ to the Toledo Chamber of Commerce.
According to Lehrbass, “This sign celebrates over 120 years of Toledo heritage and history, remembering the forestry and logging industry, on which Toledo was founded and is hand carved in the same fashion it would have been at the beginning of Toledo’s commerce and is made of Pacific North-West Redwood.
This wood represents the local forest and is both weather and pest resistant for longevity while the scene painted in the center represents the effort of many generations of hard working families, involved in sustaining our forestry and logging industry, to assure a viable future for the residents of Toledo. The simple wording on the sign ties our history to our future. “Toledo, Oregon – Chamber of Commerce” an organization tasked with encouraging, promoting and inviting the expansion of commerce and tourism within in our community, not only for today, but long into the future.” This project was also made possible by a grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.
The Toledo Chamber of Commerce invites you to stop by at its location at 311 NE 1st Street to see the sign and step inside the recently renovated Chamber office. For those interested in joining the Toledo Chamber of Commerce, please contact the Chamber Office (541) 336-3193 or Director@ToledoOregon.org or visit our web page at www.ToledoOregon.org.
information and photo provided by Toledo Chamber of Commerce