We’re helping out an exciting art project in Portland! From their website:
Forest for the Trees is a not-for-profit public mural project in Portland, Oregon. The mural project promotes public visual expression; collaboration; and community engagement with contemporary art and the creative process. In August 2013, FFTT united seventeen artists from around the world to paint ten Portland murals.
This August, twenty local and international artists will come together for a week in Portland to paint more than a dozen pieces on public walls. FFTT aims to bring opportunity for local and visiting artists, and to share their gifts on a large public scale in Portland—a city already known as a creative hub and home to many talented artists.
Looking forward to seeing what will come of this project. If you look back on previous projects you’ll see the results can be fantastic!
To follow the progress and results, go to: www.forestforthetreesnw.com
Push Leg, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization, is a small Portland-based physical theater company.
About the Play:
Nighthawks, was inspired by the fusion of Edward Hopper’s paintings and Push Leg’s unique style, which combines dance, theatre, and clown to create original performances. Nighthawks is both intimate and epic. It is the story of a small town diner and the eccentric cast of locals whose lives and longings are the grit American dreams are made of.
With the inspiration of some of Hopper’s paintings and an assembly of an incredible team of designers to help craft the world of this piece. Drawing from the architecture and the colors in the paintings, it was a unique and exciting challenge to bring a sense of Hopper’s classical works to the stage.
The use of color, through paint, was a featured part of the design. Miller Paint is happy to be able to help contribute to community projects like this one when we can.
Here are some photos of a recent shoot of Nighthawks. Congratulations on a successful show and a beautiful set!
I was recently driving south on highway 99 towards Oregon City, When I caught a good view of the Arch Bridge and I knew that it was going to reopen soon. The bridge had been closed for almost two years for repairs. The Arch Bridge between Oregon City and West Linn was painted with a special paint from Miller Paint.
On its reopening there were three days of celebration…
The people, who used the bridge every day, could use it once again. Their lives could return to normal. All of the shops that were hit hard due to the closure can now have their customers back. You knew the good times were coming back, with most of the hard work being done, and a fresh coat of paint on the bridge.
The bridge is like our own paint projects. You could be building a new home, adding on an addition to your existing home, or you could just be changing the color of a room. When you get to the painting part of your project, it is almost complete.
All the hard work is finished. You will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor and get back to life again.
With everything looking great and a fresh coat of paint, the best is yet to come.
Our Kearney Store Manager and I were recently allowed on set at the new NBC series Grimm. If you haven’t had a chance to check this one out, enjoy detective/suspense shows a la CSI or NCIS and maybe like a little fantasy as well, then you certainly should! (video)
Grimm is being shot exclusively in Portland. Even better, they’re not going to hide the fact that they’re in Portland! It is always cool to see us on TV with other shows such as Leverage and Free Agent, but it’ll be even better to see locally recognizable places such as McMenamin’s without it being disguised.
Miller Paint is the primary supplier for paint and coatings on the Grimm set. And let me tell you, it is AMAZING what they can do with our products! Yes, of course, the painted walls and colors all look great. But what’s more amazing is all the faux wood graining. 2×4’s are wood grained and then coated with a shellac mix to give it near perfect look. Even as I was walking through the set, the trim in the houses looked nearly identical to the craftsman homes of the Portland area that have 80 year old timbers in them.
And the sets themselves – what else can I say but WOW! While it wasn’t my first time on a filming set, the details and appearances are always amazing. From the morgue, to the police station, to the airstream trailer, it’s always just astounding to see something that looks so realistic when filmed turn out to be a bunch of 2×4’s and plywood. Talk about the power of paint and decorating…not to mention the incredible skills of the set designers!
It was great to see 30+ cans of Miller Paint sitting on their shelves, waiting to be used later. The entire crew is proud to be local and buying local. One of the set painters we met was even a former painter for one of our bigger customers! Small world, huh!
Our tour guide for the day, Scenic Lead Jo Brown, was quick to point out just how appreciative the entire crew is for the opportunity to work for what looks like a show with some real potential, and how much of that opportunity was because of Oregon’s Filming Incentive. Without getting too political, this seems like a great program and we’re happy to be on the receiving end of the business. In the end, all I know is that when you buy local, hire local, and take advantage of what the Northwest has provided us, you can’t go wrong!
Dan – Marketing