MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Casey Dias’ design was chosen from 13 entries to be the new logo for Ash Creek Arts Center, said director Robert Tomlinson. After tallying about 200 votes from the public, and about two hours of discussion, Dias’ design stood out as best representing the center and its mission to serve both the Monmouth and Independence communities, Tomlinson said. “Does it feel like Monmouth and Independence?” he said. “This turned out to be a very important question to ask.” The chosen design has a strong graphic presence. “The color choices (red and black) are used at both (Western Oregon) University and at Central High School,” he said. “Both embrace the color red.” Ash Creek Arts Center board members also liked how the logo could be used as a banner, and resembled a piece of sculpture, he said. “That made it feel artistic,” Tomlinson said. Tomlinson said one thing was very clear: All the students paid attention to what the board members were after for a logo to represent the arts center. Students from Jen Bracy’s graphic design: form and communication course at WOU participated in the logo contest. The 13 designs were displayed at MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast for public voting, which was considered in the art center board’s decision on the winner.