Short news updates and information from the August 2017 issue of the Southwest Community Connection

COURTESY ART - Marisa Green's mixed-media pieces will be on display Aug. 4-29 at  the Multnomah Arts Center.
Multnomah Arts Center exhibit opens

The Multnomah Arts Center will host "Dilate," featuring works by artist Marisa Green, from Aug. 4-29. "Dilate" showcases cut-paper installations by Green, a Portland based mixed-media artist whose work is inspired by mathematics and meditates on the art of physical repetition.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.

Looking ahead, MAC is also calling for artists to display their work in a new show guest-jurored by Nim Xuto, a painter, writer and arts organizer who works on the Portland Parks Department's Summer Free For All program. MAC invites experienced as well as emerging artists living in the Portland metro area to submit either group or solo proposals for the show; the submission deadline is Sept. 1.

For more information on how to apply, visit or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Body discovered in woods near Barbur

Portland Police officers responded on July 8 to a report of a deceased woman found in the woods near Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Highway. She was later identified as 21-year-old Samantha McAbee.

Although the cause of death was not known at the time of publishing, officials did not suspect foul play was involved.

New executive director named for Neighborhood House

The Multnomah Village nonprofit Neighborhood House recently announced the appointment of Chirs Chiacchierini as its new executive director.

Chiacchierini will replace Rick Nitti, who recently retired after leading Neighborhood House since 1999. Chiacchierini will start his new position on Aug. 8.COURTESY PHOTO - Hillsdale Library member Chloe Unflat's design will become a bike lane stick figure in the City of Portland.

"We were fortunate to have had a really strong and diverse pool of candidates. Chris rose to the top because of his proven leadership and management skills, passion for social justice work, dedication to equity and inclusion, strategic planning and financial management acumen, and character," said Josh Kadish, president of the Board of Directors.

Local students win PBOT art contest

The Portland Bureau of Transportation recently asked student artists of all ages at libraries across Portland to design their own bike lane stick figures. First Place in the high school category went to Hillsdale Library participant Chloe Unflat for "Ride Portland."

Her designs, along with those of first-place winners in other categories, will be installed in bike lanes in Portland by PBOT's striping crews.

— The Connection

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