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It was postponed for a month due to weather, but the annual repainting of the famous intersection is finally done

RITA A. LEONARD - The northeast corner of the latest street repainting of Share-It Square in Sellwood features the Turtle that supports the Earth, with a whole lot of jellyfish. After three postponements due to bad weather — one of which led to the repainting of a Sellwood intersection on Clatsop Street instead — on the overcast Saturday of July 23, the annual street painting at Share-It Square was finally completed.

This painted intersection, part of the Village Building Convergence at S.E. 9th Avenue and Sherrett Street, has been a community celebration for a quarter century, focusing on "community building and getting to know your neighbors".

Co-Coordinators Sarah Heath and Liane White Allahdadi were able to combine the interests of the neighborhood gathered from three earlier meetings this spring. Neighbors started by sharing their values and inspirations — which focused on "playfulness, riding the waves of our life, valuing our connections, and celebrating all creatures of the earth".

"This year has been pretty intense," remarked Sarah, "Considering the weather and the limitations of the pandemic; but we're pleased to have finally completed this year's project."

Illustrator Liane, whose home is at 8425 S.E. 9th Avenue, featured a "Poetry Post" out in front, combining neighbors' ideas into a story and a central image for the 2022 street painting. Liane's husband, Firooz Allahdadi, commented of the Poetry Post, "We call it an 'illumination station', since it shows the desires of the community, and focuses on everyone's creativity." About 100 painters of all ages participated in the project throughout the day as the design took shape.

RITA A. LEONARD - Co-coordinators Liane White Allahdadi (left) and Sarah Heath at Share-It Square, with volunteer painter Plum Lakeman, age 5.Liane explained the story she had assembled: "In 2021, a phoenix flew around the earth with a red thread to share with people and creatures all over, including in the oceans. Eventually an octopus caught the thread and brought it to a playful mermaid. The mermaid took the thread of connection to all her mystical friends, who agreed to 'SHARE IT' with people and creatures all over the earth, to show that we are all connected.

"The red thread was carried to the Unicorn of Peace, the Lion of Courage, and to the Turtle that supports the Earth. They, in turn, sent the thread to beings of all kinds, who learned to care for each other with great happiness."

At the end of this year's painting session, all the painters gathered around the image, each wearing a bit of the red thread described in the story. At the end of the session, each person clipped their own piece of red thread, passing scissors on to their neighbor, until the circle was closed.

Miller Paint gave a discount on the traffic marking paint used. Neighbors contributed a variety of pizza, pastries, and fruit and veggie snacks throughout the day.


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