Williams Ave Art

The Committee to Honor the History of Williams Avenue (the Committee) announces the selection of artists Kayin Talton Davis and Cleo Davis as the artists who will create artwork for Williams Avenue. The artists, who own Soapbox Theory & Screwloose Studio on North Williams Avenue, will install 10 tile sidewalk “murals”, 30 commemorative signs and an interactive kiosk along N. Williams Avenue from Broadway to Killingsworth Street. Final designs will be reviewed by the committee in July with installation expected in late summer.

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Clean Up a Huge Success

Clean Up 2015The annual Eliot Clean Up was on May 17th and was a huge success.  We collected over 6 tons of mixed waste, recycled over 100 appliances and televisions, donated  enough clothes, shoes, household items and toys to fill 3 pickup trucks to Good Will, a half a dozen bikes to Community Cycling Center, and about 500 books were either sold to Powell’s books or donated to Title Wave Bookstore.   We gathered donations of more than $1000 which will help the neighborhood association host future events.

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Torrain: A Recycled Goods Shop

Torrain Bags
Nyla Jano
Nyla Jano

Nyla Jano, owner of Torrain here in Portland, was designing the women’s line for a skate company in California when she realized she was not doing enough. Her background working with environmental organizations and social work companies sparked a need to help others. “I always felt weird being just a clothing designer,” Jano said. And so, she teamed up with artisan groups in Cambodia to create a bag line made from recycled materials, such as rice bags, fish feed bags, cement bags, and magazines.

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