'Forest for the Trees' is a public art project based in Portland, Oregon with the goal of engaging the community through the process of art-making.
Gage Hamilton
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Portland, Oregon
United States
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Hi folks! Forest for the Trees is a public mural project we host here in Portland, Oregon that hopes to add to our city's visual landscape with a celebration of creativity. Last August we had 15 local and visiting artists from 5 countries paint 10 walls around the city over the course of one week. This year we are planning to do it again with another inspiring group of 20 artists, half local and half visiting from around the world. With your help, we can continue to share the creative process in a public setting and provide our artists with the resources they need to bring more world-class contemporary art to the walls of Portland.

How your donations will help.

Unfortunately, the costs related to painting a dozen large scale murals isn't cheap...the $12,500 won't cover the whole thing, but it will be a huge help with the following expenses:

Supplies: mostly paint...we need a lot of it! And brushes, and rollers, and buckets, and trays, and tarps...the list goes on and it adds up quick!

Equipment: boom-lifts, scissor-lifts and scaffolding, all of those things that allow us to use a building as a canvas despite our height. This equipment is essential to painting large scale murals, and rentals are expensive.

Travel: bringing in visiting artists to collaborate and build friendships with local artists, groups and community members is something we really value in this event. To invite artists from around the world to experience the city of Portland, leave something behind, and then share it with the rest of the world is something we love to see.

Finally, it's important to mention that nobody is making money on this project. The organizers are working for free and losing money, the artists are making magic for the love of it, the property owners aren't getting paid, and the countless friends and volunteers that offer their time and services are all doing so in support of a common goal. Your donations will go directly towards adding art to the walls of Portland.

For your generosity!

For helping us keep this project alive, we have a variety of rewards ranging from tees, hats, prints and original artworks from participating artists, and even your own mural from one of our local artists! 

Also, we are excited to announce one of our very favorite chefs, Nong of Nong's Khao Man Gai, will be preparing an in-gallery dinner on June 27th at Hellion Gallery! It's going to be a good one! http://kmgpdx.com/

Spencer Keeton Cunningham "Portland" tee

FFTT X Ebbets Cap

Brendan Monroe "Canyon" coasters by Tanner Goods

Limited release Mazama mugs

Souther Salazar "Crashlander" poster

Gage Hamilton "BEAR!" print

Blaine Fontana X Grove maple iPhone 5/5s case

The Lost Cause "Lurk"

NOSEGO "Playground"


Mary Iverson "Venice 2"

Blaine Fontana "Inwards"

Brendan Monroe "Transfixed"

Big picture.

Forest for the Trees promotes public visual expression, collaboration, and community engagement with contemporary art and the creative process. In a city renowned as a creative hub, this project brings opportunities for local and visiting artists to share their gifts on a massive scale, now and for years to come.

Anticipated artists for 2014:

Alexis Diaz - San Juan, Puerto Rico

AJ Fosik - Portland, Oregon

Blaine Fontana - Portland, Oregon

Blakely Dadson - Portland, Oregon

Brendan Monroe - Oakland, California

Curiot - Mexico City, Mexico

DAL - Cape Town, S. Africa

Faith47 - Cape Town, S. Africa

Gage Hamilton - Portland, Oregon

J.Shea - Portland, Oregon

Know Hope - Tel Aviv, Israel

Mary Iverson - Seattle, Washington

Maryanna Hoggatt - Portland, Oregon

Mateu Velasco - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nosego - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Paige Wright - Portland, Oregon

Souther Salazar - Portland, Oregon

Spencer Keeton Cunningham - San Francisco, California

The Lost Cause - Portland, Oregon

Yoshi47 - Tokyo, Japan

Zach Yarrington - Portland, Oregon


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  • $5USD
    Maak Lab "Hockey Puck" Soap

    Wash the paint off those grubby hands with this 2-inch black "hockey puck" soap. Pine tar scented with the FFTT ambigram. It's a good takeaway and every dollar helps us keep this project alive! Made in Portland by our good friends at Maak Lab.

    8 claimed
  • $10USD
    Thank You Postcard!

    Thanks! We will send you a note on a postcard featuring one of the walls painted from FFTT!

    5 claimed
  • $25USD

    This limited edition tee is designed by participating artist Spencer Keeton Cunningham. No branding on this tee, just the art.

    14 claimed
  • $30USD
    Brendan Monroe coasters by TG

    This set of leather coasters features the "Canyon" design by participating artist Brendan Monroe. Available in Saddle Tan or Black, this set of four is made by our good friends at Tanner Goods here in Portland. Set of 4.

    14 out of 40 claimed

    Mazama mug

    This 8 oz. mug is made here in Portland by participating artist Paige Wright and our good friends at Mazama Wares. Limited availability on this custom purple colorway. Perfect for those creative mornings.

    20 out of 20 claimed
  • $50USD
    FFTT x Ebbets Hat

    This vintage style baseball cap is manufactured by Ebbets in the Pacific Northwest. This design features black wool, our tree icon in white felt, and a green satin under brim. It's a good one.

    29 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $55USD
    Souther Salazar poster

    Souther Salazar "Crashlander" poster 20 x 28 inch offset lithograph print Printed on 100lb. cover stock with satin finish

    4 out of 5 claimed
  • $100USD
    Limited Edition Prints

    17" x 17" Giclee "BEAR!" print by participating artist and organizer Gage Hamilton. All prints come signed and numbered on 100% cotton 340gsm fine art paper.

    15 out of 50 claimed
  • $120USD
    Blaine Fontana X Grove Case

    Limited edition maple iPhone cases designed by participating artist Blaine Fontana. These cases are made in Portland by our goods friends at Grove, and features their sturdy inner core design to enhance the natural beauty and strength of the wood.

    6 out of 20 claimed
  • $200USD
    The Lost Cause "Lurk"

    "Lurk", ink on paper, framed.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $250USD
    Sketch of Mural

    This is a very rare opportunity to get a hand drawn sketch of one of the FFTT murals! Comes with a matching postcard featuring the completed mural.

    1 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $440USD
    NOSEGO "Playground"

    "Playground", 10 x 13 inches, ink and graphite on paper. Framed.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $500USD
    Sketch, Dinner, Case & Hat

    Combination of a mural sketch, a seat at our in-gallery dinner, hand-finished maple iPhone case by Blaine Fontana + Grove, AND our custom Ebbets baseball cap.

    2 out of 5 claimed
  • $1,000USD

    "DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR" 22 x 30 inches. Acrylic, Ink, Spray Paint, Pencil & Pastel on fine art paper.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $1,250USD
    Mary Iverson, "Venice 2"

    "Venice 2" 12 x 12 inches, 2013, acrylic, ink, found photograph on panel.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $1,500USD
    Private Mural

    Private mural painted by local artist(s) Gage Hamilton, J.Shea and/or Zach Yarrington.

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $1,600USD
    Blaine Fontana "Inward"

    "Inwards" 30 x 30 inches Acrylic, Pencil Spray Paint Hemlock frames w/ Birch Panel Faces

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $1,900USD
    Brendan Monroe, "Transfixed"

    "Transfixed" 17 x 22 inches, acrylic on paper.

    0 out of 1 claimed
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