Hi everyone,

Today is the last day to submit a story either in person at Red Castle Games or online at We will have all of the stories at the Mt. Scott Arleta and the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association July meetings to narrow down to three finalists. Attend your local meeting to be included in the finalist selection.

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Red Castle Games Window Project is underway! EXTENDED DEADLINES!

We have selected the next site for the Foster Window Project. It is the future Cafe Red, an extension of Red Castle Games.

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While there are eventual plans for the cafe, they are on hold for a while. These enthusiastic good neighbors have helped us craft this call in the spirit of their establishment and now we ask you, our neighbors of all ages:


The chosen story will be made into a 3-D window art display with the help of neighborhood volunteers! You can write a short story or draw your ideas, or both, then submit your entry in person or by mail at Red Castle Games:  6406 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

or email it to with the subject heading: Red Castle Window.

We’ll be accepting entries now through June 30th. We will present the entries to the Mt Scott Arleta Neighborhood Association on July 1st and the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association on July 13th to narrow down to the top three finalists. Online voting at will begin on July 14th and run through July 31st. Volunteer art parties for the creation of the winning entry will take place in August (stay tuned to the website for announcements).


Help us spread the word and get lots of entries. Tell your neighbors, tell your kids, tell your kids’ teachers’ so that they can involve students. Talk about it and share information on online community forums. When it’s time to choose, show up at the neighborhood meeting, vote online for your favorite, keep spreading the word. When it’s time to make the art, volunteer to help out, keep spreading the word.

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:

50 Shades of Blue

A huge thanks to about 25 neighbors, including Buck, Sarah, Finn, Pete, Lee, Jeff, Linda, Erin, Nick, Lucy, Matthew, Laura, Erica, Christian, Carla, Bella, Brooklyn, JC, Kelly, Ben, John, Vicki, Mirra and Neshamah (sorry if I missed anyone), who came out to help paint the Phoenix Pharmacy mural last Thursday night. Many hands make light work and over half of the mural was painted in that 4 hour session! Here’s John tracing one of the 20 outlines from a projection, outlines and progress.

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This work could not have been done without the incredibly generous space donation from Performance Works NW. Linda was so accommodating and even let us remain on site at her lovely dance studio through Friday evening to get the mural to about the 90% completion mark. Thanks to everyone who came back on Friday to help more.

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We also owe our gratitude to Miller Paint. Our closest store on SE Division St donated 11 gallons of paint for this project (5 gallons are of a brown paint for freshen-ing the tag-able areas around the mural). In an effort not to have a lot of leftover paint, we had only the colors of the most prominent areas mixed and then we mixed smaller batches of specialty colors on site. We took careful notes of the mixtures and saved a container of each color for touch ups.

Your lead artists, John and Vicki, are tired! We are taking a little break from this project to work on some other ones, but we intend to mount the mural by the end of the month. When we have an exact day and time for installation (likely-mid day on a weekend). We’ll put the word out for a few strong helpers. We are looking forward, like you are, to seeing this work completed.

Don’t forget to submit your ideas here for the upcoming three-dimensional project for the Habibi building windows!