Black Star Watercolor is located in the heart of charming, historic and tiny (population about 950) Aurora, Oregon. Aurora is equidistant from Salem and Portland, about 25 miles north or south. Easily reached by I-5 and located along state route 99E, it is one of the gateways to the beautiful, fertile and creative Willamette Valley.
Aurora was founded in 1856 as a Christian colony. It is described in the Oregon Encyclopedia as “one of the more successful American utopian communal societies in the 19th century …The Aurora Colony became known for its orchards, food, music, textiles, furniture and other crafts as well as its communal lifestyle and German traditions”. After the death of its charismatic founder in 1877, Aurora fell into some decline but began to enjoy renewal in the 1950s as a center for vintage and antiques businesses. Many of those businesses found homes in original Colony buildings along Main Street, where the Black Star Watercolor Gallery is located.
Today’s visitors to Aurora can enjoy the offerings of a variety of small businesses and eateries, two wineries and a museum, all in easy walking distance of each other and with a friendly small-town atmosphere. The Aurora Colony Visitors Association (of which Black Star Watercolor is an active member) focuses on marketing our attractions across the state and region, and runs many special events during the year.
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