"Learning Beyond" a wall mural on S.E. 28th & Stark Street

Portland Oregon, July - August 2005

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“Learning Beyond”, the new artwork is located on the west wall of the Bonfire Lounge near SE 28th and Stark St. It features a multi-cultural and international theme and was painted with the help of friends and neighborhood volunteers and replaces a faded and worn mural painted on that same wall by Ping over twelve years ago. The group started the process on July 11 and finished the mural on August 30.

Public dedication for the mural was held on September 10, 2005 at the parking lot. Music, refreshments, and a special “eye-opening ceremony” was the highlights of this morning event. Music was performed by Dennis Godfrey.
Special thanks to: the painting crews: Joanne Oleksiak, Leeann Leece, Kimberly Oliver, Hollye Maxwell, Andresa Wells, Robin Corbo, Mark Meltzer, Anais LaRue, Sherri Love Earnshaw and generous support of the Portland Alliance, Stark Street Studio and Gallery, Bonfire Lounge & Stark Naked Pizza.

The current mural project was funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s(RACC) new Public Art - Murals Program.      

 

1) original mural, photo taken in May 1993. 2) Mark Meltzer inspecting the deteriated wall surface, July 2005 3) Mark and Anais power-washing and chipping the old paint.
4) Hollye Maxwell saying "howdy" to everyone. 5) Leeann Leece, slowly yet very focus, working on details. 6) Kimberly Oliver, an affair with the astronout, she is glowing!
7) Ping, the lead artist, adding the final touch. 8) Andresa Wells, the student volunteer, adding rhythme to the mural. 9) 3rd floor tenant: Andresa, 2nd floor tenants: Joanne and Leeann.
10) Joanne, Kimberly and Ping working hard,not so early in the morning. 11) Posting for the last time before the scaffolding came down. 12) Voila... a finished mural!

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