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Share-It Square was the first painted intersection in Inner Southeat; now a steet near it has the same treatment

RITA A. LEONARD - Sellwood businessperson and resident, former SMILE Vice President, and Clatsop Square re-designer Ayomide Nikzi shows the update of the Clatsop Street intersection design - called The Sharing Seed. The annual street repainting of Share-It Square was planned for a sunny June 25. Neighbor Mark Lakeman and other volunteers cleaned up the site earlier at S.E. 9th and Sherrett Street, and also repaired the cob beehive newspaper kiosk on the northeast corner, there, which needed enlarging.

But, it wasn't sunny after all. The unseasonably cool and rainy weather in late June resulted in unsatisfactory painting conditions on Sherrett Street on the planned date, so Sarah Heath, painting coordinator for Share-It Square, rescheduled the repainting there for Saturday, July 23, and we'll have a report on it in the September BEE.

Meantime, paint coordinator Liz Stanhope, who oversaw the smaller and newer street painting at nearby S.E. 11th and Clatsop Street — a blue and purple snowflake design —was able to complete the update of that smaller project on June 25, with a crew of about 30 volunteers. Sellwood's Miller Paint store provided the traffic-marking paint at a discount, and the paint was purchased by neighbors.

The Clatsop Square painting, a new tradition begun in 2016, was redesigned this year by Ayomide and Kaio Nikzi, adding new details in black to represent figures holding hands around the edges. The new design is called "The Sharing Seed".

Stanhope indicated that all ages were welcome to paint at Clatsop Square, and indeed people came and went regularly during the day-long City Permit for the work. Since it was a smaller project, only free water had been offered to volunteers, but a neighbor made and shared a tray of cupcakes for those volunteering that day.

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