Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sketching in Sellwood

The Portland Urban Sketchers had a sketchcrawl in Sellwood last Saturday. We met in Tea Chai Te, and sat in the converted red caboose for tea and sketching. My cup of vanilla chai macadamia nut tea made a wonderful aroma in the cozy room.

Eventually most of us wandered out to the street for more sketching. These sketches were made at Share-It Square (SE 9th and Sherrett), an intersection that has been decorated and refurbished to further a sense of community in the neighborhood. The cob structure below sheltered me while I sat on the bench out of the rain.

This T-Station is on the same corner as the bench. It holds mugs and tea and some days has hot water so visitors can enjoy a cup of tea.
The square has a playhouse corner, another one for sharing books and other items for recycling, a cob hive with  a cupboard for newspapers, and a bulletin board area. The center of the intersection is painted with designs and words of wisdom or welcome. The drivers who came through knew to slow down for people enjoying the square. It's definitely worth another visit for sketching or maybe having a cup of tea.

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