There are painted streets in Sellwood and Eastmoreland, and now Woodstock has one too

RITA A. LEONARD - This Woodstock Street painting, at S.E. 48th and Henry, depicts koi and waterlilies.A new street painting in Woodstock was completed in early September as part of an announced effort to start conversations and involve neighbors in a common project. The 38x40 foot painting on S.E. 48th Avenue near Henry Street was conceived and designed by local resident Allyson Roberts, and the painting features a koi pond, with pink waterlilies and white and orange koi on a blue background.

Roberts contacted the City of Portland prior to painting the street. "They told me that the project couldn't contain any words or political images, and couldn't depict any traffic signage. The design also had to have the permission of all neighbors whose property abutted the mural. We took photos, even aerial photos, of the project during the progress of the painting.

"There were a lot of rules and regulations and a permit to secure, prior to beginning our project. If anyone would like to contact me for information before starting their own mural project, I'd be glad to help them get started. Just contact me [via e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.].The Woodstock Neighborhood Association is including our project in a blog about street murals." The project took a day and a half to complete, and involved over two dozen willing neighbors of all ages. "Even my four-year-old daughter, Lux, helped paint the lily pads," says Roberts. "I designed the scene so there would be areas for artists of all abilities; I designed the koi shapes, and another neighbor printed them out as full-size patterns to trace.

"It was kind of like a block party," remarks Roberts. "The kids especially liked the idea, and had fun participating in a neighborhood beautification project. Passersby enjoy the mural as well. We often see them stop to point out interesting parts of the picture. It really does start conversations."

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