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Loveliness in trash -- a dream realized, along the Woodstock Boulevard business district

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - The trash can at left is located in front of Papaccinos Coffee Shop; the one at right is on the sidewalk south of BiMart. Both of them, and the other eight, add cheer to Woodstock Boulevard. Have you seen the beautiful trash cans yet?

What? Beautiful trash cans?

Yes. Ten commercial-sized aggregate concrete trash cans along Woodstock Boulevard between S.E. 42nd and 47th Avenues have been painted by Travis Czekalski and Jon Stommel of "Rather Severe" – the same muralists who painted the full-wall designs on Cloud City Ice Cream, the Delta Café's west wall, and Red Fox Vintage's east wall.

The trash can painting project was proposed and organized by the Woodstock Street Art Project Committee, a project of the "Woodstock Stakeholders" begun in 2015.

The Woodstock Stakeholders began as a committee of the Woodstock Community Business Association, but is now a fully independent 501c3 public charity group of commercial property owners along Woodstock Boulevard. It was the idea eight years ago of Angie Even, a former Woodstock resident and business proprietor, and still owner of the Grand Central Bakery property.

Each year the Stakeholders donate money and write grants for the beautification, enhancement, and maintenance of the Woodstock Business District.

For this project, the Stakeholders bought six new trash cans, replacing ones that were not in good condition. The decorated cans are on corners that do not have TriMet receptacles; TriMet declined to have their cans painted.

The beautified cans were painted in place, which required a lot of bending and flexible body moves on the part of the artists.

The painting was funded with money from a grant from Venture Portland ($3,000) and funds and donations from the Stakeholders ($4,540). The neighborhood feels itself enhanced by this decorative and fun project. Angie Even advises that people can follow the project, and see more photos on Facebook at: Woodstock Street Art Project.

The Woodstock Stakeholders are also behind another project for the beautification of the business district and neighborhood: The seventh annual Woodstock Community Cleanup was on Saturday, June 2nd, 9:30-11:30 a.m. If you missed it this year, volunteers are always welcome for the first Saturday of June cleanup, and a free lunch for participants follows it.

For questions about the Stakeholders, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And to donate funds for the beautification of the Woodstock Boulevard area, send checks to: Woodstock Stakeholder Group, 4410 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., #250, Portland, 97206.

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