New murals coming to Portland this summer

Artists Eatcho and Jeremy Nichols working on a mural for the Black United Fund, 2828 NE Alberta Street. (Photo: William Rihel)

PORTLAND, ORE — On July 15, the RACC board of directors approved funding for two new Public Art Mural projects: $13,500 for seven murals in partnership with Forest for the Trees Northwest, and $14,250 for a mural in partnership with the Wattles Boys & Girls Club in SE Portland.

  • Forest for the Trees Northwest Murals: 

This year marks the third year of the Forest for the Trees Northwest (FFTT) event that brings together approximately 30 local and international artists for one week in August to paint large and small scale murals in Portland. FFTT’s goals are to improve the visual landscape of the city through quality artwork and provide opportunities to the creative community to participate in establishing Portland’s evolving visual identity. Painting will occur during the week of August 24th.  Panel discussions will be part of the 2015 event and are scheduled for September, October and November at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.  For more information, visit

Locations & artists: The FFTT murals partially funded by RACC will be in seven locations and include the following artists: Rustam Qbic; Gage Hamilton; Spencer Keeton Cunningham; Jaque Fragua; Michael Reeder; Low Bros; Troy Lovegates and Paige Wright; and Andrew Hem.  

  • Wattle Boys & Girls Club Mural: 

The Boys & Girls Club (BGCP) facility in the Lents Neighborhood will feature a 90’W x 25’H mural created in collaboration between youth from BGCP, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), as well as gang-affected youth from Latino Network and Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (POIC). The design  weaves the communities’ strengths into a cohesive composition and showcases the strength of our differences and interdependence. A community-wide celebration will be part of the unveiling event.

Location & artists: The mural will be on the east facing wall of the Wattle Boys & Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold with artist Rodolfo Serna as lead, assisted by Jesus Torralba.  

In addition, several other RACC-funded murals have been recently completed or are still in progress:

  • Artists Eatcho and Jeremy Nichols are collaborating on a 20’H x 95’W mural for the Black United Fund at 2828 NE Alberta Street. The mural portrays black women leaders (Coretta Scott King, Ruby Bridges, Ruby Dee, Angela Davis and Maya Angelou) against a background of Jeremy Nichols’ energetic landscape. (Funding: $11,350.)
  • Gary Hirsch has been feverishly working on completing four Big Bot murals in SE Portland. Each site poses a question and the photos and answers can be shared by visiting #botjoy and #botpdx on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The interactive “street art experiment” is designed for visitors and residents to share their inspirations, motivations and ideas. Visit one or all of them. More information at (Funding: $5,390.)
    • The Relationship Wall, 3050 SE Division
    • The Dreams Wall, 1006 SE Salmon
    • The Joy Wall, 1205 SE Stark Ave
    • The Curiosity Wall, 1037 SE Ash (late August/early September)
  • Souther Salazar recently completed a mural for the Creamery Building at 240 SE 2nd Avenue. The 13’4”H x 11’W mural is an abstract interpretation of an energetic nucleus reflecting the diverse energy and activity of the Central Eastside Industrial District. (Funding: $3,713.)
  • AriseRawk put the finishing touches on Love, Peace and Unity, a mural for Brentwood Park in SE Portland that was designed and painted in collaboration with students during Spring 2015 as part of their Camp Fire Columbia Middle School program at Lane MS. (Funding: $1,500)

The City of Portland’s Public Art Murals Program is administered by RACC as part of its Public Art Program. The program provides funding for murals that reflect diversity in style and media and encourages artists from diverse backgrounds and range of experience to apply. All building owners must sign an Art Easement form that will be recorded with Multnomah County. Murals approved through this program become part of the City’s public art collection for as long as an Art Easement remains in effect. Visit or