Another nice article from the Sellwood Bee
Foster Road, murals, empty businesses, Window Project
The eastern panels of the Phoenix Pharmacy mural address community entertainment – and offer an image of the original business owner, pharmacist John Leach. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Foster-Powell “Window Project” completes first mural


A new mural, entitled “Twinkle”, now graces the south and east windows of the historic Phoenix Pharmacy building, at 6615 S.E. Foster Road.

Painted mostly in shades of blue, the mural depicts silhouettes of diners and dancers enjoying a night out under twinkling lights. This is the first of four murals planned by the Foster-Powell Window Project, envisioned by neighborhood artists Vicki Wilson and John Larsen to create community pride, and to spruce up underused business storefronts along S.E. Foster Road, create community pride, and develop interest in local businesses.

Friends and neighbors gathered on January 15th and 16th to complete the panels, brainstormed with local input and designed by the husband and wife team of Larsen and Wilson. The project is financed by a Creative Engagement Grant from the neighborhood coalition Southeast Uplift, and by donations from neighborhood businesses.

Dance studio “Performance Works NW” offered space for the painters, and Miller Paint donated eleven gallons of paint. Twenty-five volunteers met to complete “Twinkle”, and are now gearing up for the next installation artwork – a three-dimensional mural planned for the Habibi Building.

A January newsletter from Southeast Uplift reported, “The ‘Twinkle’ design also includes nods to [pharmacist] John and Lilla Leach, the original owners of the building, and to Jackson Powell and Phillip Foster, for whom the neighborhood’s main streets were named.”

Design ideas and community suggestions are being solicited for the remaining art installations, under the auspices of the SEUL grant. For more information, go online:


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