Next mural volunteer effort this Sunday August 28

The BAC Mural at the SE 9th Avenue pedestrian bridge is underway!

Our next big volunteer opportunity is Sunday August 28. Show up around 10AM or call the artist, Lew Jones at (503) 701-7893 to sign up for a specific time slot. When we’ve finished priming the surfaces and applying the large blocks of color, we’ll be adding hundreds of stenciled images of fish, birds, bicyclists, trains, joggers, etc.

If you can’t help paint, feel free to stop by the site with refreshments for the volunteers, such as ice tea, cookies, pizza, etc. Be sure to call Lew first to make sure there are people on site when you come by.

We’re also accepting donated pads for paint rollers. Let us know with an email if you can help by volunteering your time or materials.

Thanks for your support!

BAC Mural Committee

Come to SE Uplift’s Summer Celebration Saturday 8/27 4-9:30PM

Enjoy music by Matt Clark, Scott McDougal, Margaret Wehr, Scott Brockett and Jesta! Kids will love the bounce-house, playground, and other kids’ entertainment. And of course, we’ll have a fantastic raffle where you can win one or more of these amazing prizes: 10 classes at Yoga Shala, Ortlieb Messenger Bags from Clever Cycles, Free Furnace Service from Imagine Energy, a 100% silk scarf by Ferragamo, Craniosacral Massage from Stephanie Kaplan, Photo Printing by Andrea Leoncavallo and gift certificates for massage by Leah Hanson, New Renaissance Bookstore, Next Adventure, Sequel Apparel, Clogs-n-More, Ascending Hope Acupuncture, Cha Cha Cha and Mink. The SE Uplift building and grounds at 3534 SE Main Street will serve as the hub of the festivities, with the entire block of SE Main Street between 35th and 36th Avenues filled with an array of fun activities, music, food and beverages throughout the evening. Continue reading Come to SE Uplift’s Summer Celebration Saturday 8/27 4-9:30PM

Oregonian Covers BAC Mural Project for 9th Avenue & Powell Pedestrian Bridge

In Brooklyn neighborhood, a mural is coming to an old concrete bridge

By Steve Beaven, The Oregonian The Oregonian

In the next several days, Portland artist Lew Jones will begin work on a mural on the interior of a pedestrian/bike bridge at Southeast Ninth Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

The project was launched by Mike O’Connor, chairman of the Brooklyn Action Corps and a member of its mural committee. It’s being funded by a $2,046 grant from Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

The mural is intended to lighten up the drab, graffiti-ridden concrete bridge that crosses Powell Boulevard.

“I live five houses up here on Ninth and I’ve been using it for the 20 years I’ve been here,” O’Connor said Wednesday afternoon. “It seemed like it was just crying out for embellishment.”

So Jones and a crew of volunteers will begin work as early as Sunday on a project that will take roughly a month to complete.

Jones said he likes the idea of taking a blank space, or a “non-thing,” and turning it into a piece of art.

Art, he said, “should be a place where people can go and take a break.”

Stephen Beaven

Editor’s note: We’d like to thank Miller Paint and Metro for providing paint, Beard’s Frame Shop for providing stencil-cutting services, and all the volunteers that have made this project possible.

Sellwood “Sundae in the Park” August 7 12PM-8PM, Free Movie Starts at Dusk

The Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League, or SMILE, is hosting its largest fund-raising event of the year this Sunday, August 7. Enjoy $1 sundaes, hot dogs, chili dogs, and beverages, plus some of Sellwood’s best food carts. Yogi Bear, the free Movie in the Park, starts at dusk. They’ll be serving “after-hours” snacks during the movie as well. See you there!