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Painted intersections multiply, on Sherrett Street in Sellwood; this one near the middle school

RITA A. LEONARD - Justin and Virinia Horland coordinated the new street painting Springwater Crossing in the intersection of S.E. 16th and Sherrett Street, near Sellwood Middle School. There seems to be something about Sherrett Street in Sellwood that just cries out for paint.

The original Share-It Square on Sherrett Street won State of Oregon recognition some years ago; the citation still hangs on the wall of SMILE Station at Tenino and S.E. 13th.

Now, another street painting popped up at the start of summer at the intersection of S.E. 16th and Sherrett, near Sellwood Middle School. Co-Coordinators Virinia and Justin Horland told THE BEE, "It's called 'Springwater Crossing', and celebrates animals of the Springwater Corridor. It's in the shape of a mandala, with a sunrise in the center surrounded by pictures of a hummingbird, a frog, salmon, and a fox."

Justin continued, "This project was organized by the Village Building Convergence, which helped us plan and review the design and get city permits. One of the Share-It Square organizers, Sarah Heath, helped us a lot by mixing paint and chalking out the design created by Colleen Smith. Heath also loaned us some of Share-It Square's equipment."

Virinia chimed in, "We had a neighborhood garage sale in April to help raise funds, along with some donors, and assistance from local businesses. Among our supporters were Springwater Pilates, Meditation for Regular People, Cloud Cap Games, Dance With Joy Studio, and the Rogue Pack theater group. About a hundred neighbors of all ages helped us paint throughout the day. We had a neighborhood potluck earlier, to plan and design the mandala.

"We'e very thankful for all the local businesses' support," she added. "Miller Paint sold us the paint at a discount. Verona Pizza and Pasta provided pizzas, and other snacks and pastries were provided by neighbors and New Seasons Market. Coffee was donated by Grand Central, and Blue Kangaroo."

Kids' activities at the painting party included rock painting and wooden snake painting, and a scavenger hunt. Greg Raisman from the Portland Bureau of Transportation took a lot of photos earlier in the day. (You can see them at www.facebook.com/greg.raisman.) When the painting was complete, a drone took off to get some overhead pictures. The intersection remained blocked off for an additional day to allow the paint to dry completely.

Neighbors Lois and Twila Jordahl, and Gwen Hyatt, cleaned paintbrushes at the end, while other volunteers wrapped up the scene and stored equipment and paint at the Horland's home nearby. "We were lucky to have a perfect warm day for the project," grinned Twila.


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