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For years, neighbors in Southeast Portland on Sherrett Street at Ninth Avenue have painted and revised award-winning street art in the intersection they call “Share-in Square.”


PHOTO BY: DAVID F. ASHTON - One of the volunteers who helped paint the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Associations Sherrett Street art, Margi Shindler, spiffed it up on the day before the MAX Light Rail Orange Line opening.Sept. 6, on the same street but 21 blocks to the east, Milwaukie’s Ardenwald neighborhood got its first street mural — at its intersection with 30th Avenue.

“This project got started with the neighborhood getting together, and talking about the new TriMet MAX light-rail Orange Line opening,” said the project’s organizer, the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association’s Transportation Chair, Angelene Falconer. “It’s to welcome newcomers who will be walking through here, and to celebrate with our neighbors.”

Falconer pointed out that a block west of the street art’s location is an entrance to the Springwater Trail. “From there, it’s a short five-minute walk to the new MAX station. We thought this would be a good spot to highlight all the things that we love about our neighborhood.”

Because it straddles both county and city lines, the mural — 18 feet in diameter — depicts how the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood connects to both Clackamas and Multnomah counties, as well as to the two cities of Portland and Milwaukie, Falconer said.

PHOTO BY: DAVID F. ASHTON - Milwaukie City Councilor Karin Power, Mayor Mark Gamba, Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association Secretary Bryan Dorr, Councilor Lisa Batey, project organizer Angelene Falconer and Clackamas River Water board president Ken Humberston take a break from the street painting for a photo. Light rain fell occasionally during the seven-hour painting project. Canopies and tarps kept the work area dry as city and neighborhood leaders, neighborhood residents and friends helped to paint the design and fill in the color.

The art circle is symbolic, Falconer made clear — starting at the center, with a “Portland rose” on the north side, and dogwood petal representing Milwaukie on the south side. Milwaukie was originally known as the “Dogwood City of the West.”

PHOTO BY: DAVID F. ASHTON - Working on Ardenwald's Sherrett Street painting project are Kelly Williams and 7-year-old Weston Williams.The outer ring’s six sections contain:

1. A pink field, with the Portland city skyline and historic Oaks Amusement Park;

2. A yellow field, for the “Davis Graveyard” annual Halloween display on Johnson Creek Boulevard;

3. A purple field, for trees and mountains;

4. A red field featuring a tribute to Dark Horse Comics, roosters (allowed in Milwaukie) and geese;

5. A brown field for the Coho salmon spawning in Johnson Creek;

6. And an orange field featuring — as you have probably guessed — the new Portland-Milwaukie TriMet MAX Orange Line, and the new Tilikum Crossing transit bridge.

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