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UPDATES: Council will talk street art, infrastructure, zoning code

May 23, 2022 at 5:00pm

Catch Chemeketa artwork in first student show since pandemic

Student artwork made during the pandemic hangs on the wall at Chemeketa Community College's art gallery on the Salem campus (Submitted photo)

A wide range of art created by Chemeketa Community College students is now on display in the college's first student art show since the pandemic.

Through June 3, visitors can view the work created by students over the past two years.

Salem artist Joshua Blue juried the show, awarding first, second and third place.

"The artists made this task very difficult. There was so much wonderful work, so many different approaches to making art, and above all an abundance of talent in the room!" Blue wrote on his blog.

The show is displayed in the college's Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, located in building 3, room 122 of the Salem campus at 4000 Lancaster Drive N.E.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-Rachel Alexander

May 23, 2022 at 1:18pm

Learn about Russia-Ukraine war's impact on citizens at Salem Tuesday library talk

Demonstrators gather in downtown Salem on Sunday, March 6, to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Ron Cooper/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Salem residents can learn about how the war between Russia and Ukraine is impacting citizens at a library talk Tuesday evening.

The talk is presented by Sarah Clovis Bishop, Willamette University's associate professor of Russian.

The presentation will also cover citizens' "acts of dissent," according to a city of Salem newsletter Friday.

It's scheduled for 5-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library, located at 585 Liberty St. S.E.

People can learn more about the event, titled "The War on Ukraine: Voices of Resistance," by contacting the library at 503-588-6315 or [email protected]

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

May 23, 2022 at 9:00am

Salem City Council will discuss infrastructure bond, street painting program Monday

Salem City Council Chambers. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Salem City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on code changes that would allow street paintings around the city.


The changes would let artists paint directly on city streets as part of a program intended to brighten neighborhoods and allow for community art projects. Paintings would be subject to city rules governing timing and the location.

Following the hearing, the council would vote on the changes at a later meeting.

Councilors will also consider a request to gather more public input on a proposed list of projects for a $300 million infrastructure bond before finalizing a package to put before voters in the fall. The package is intended to repair city streets and sidewalks as well as some aging city facilities. It would replace other city bonds that are expiring and wouldn't raise local tax rates.

The council discussed the proposed project list during a May 16 work session, where councilors wanted additional polling data to help them finalize a project list. If the council votes to conduct polling, councilors serving on a steering committee for the bond would meet again in early June to review feedback.

Councilors on Monday will also have a first reading of Our Salem, an overhaul of the city's comprehensive plan and zoning code intended to guide growth in the city in the coming years.

To participate: The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Monday and is streamed live on YouTube. Submit comments on agenda items by 5 p.m. the day of the meeting at [email protected]. Public comment and testimony may also be provided during the meeting via Zoom. Please pre-register between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting at the following link: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/Public-Comment-at-Salem-City-CouncilMeeting.aspx

-Rachel Alexander