Our mission is to identify trees that most likely will be at risk in future developments. Often when we notice that a tree is at risk, it’s when someone is standing before it wielding a chainsaw. Generally, this means that it’s too late.
The time to start talking about a tree is when the developer is first thinking about the property, before the architect has drawn up the plans. Once the architect has drawn up plans, it’s much more difficult to convince the developer to change direction, as it would be complicated and expensive for the developer to incorporate the trees at that point. If the developer knows that the community cares about its trees, they may choose to build without killing the tree. Importantly, it’s vital to be there at the beginning and for the developer to know that we care about our trees. That’s the plan. To be there at the beginning.
Concurrently with the painting events, we initiate a postcard writing campaign. This allows another dimension to our efforts to bring attention to the developer in a positive way. The postcard campaigns also notify the developers that as a community, we are vigilant of the developments and changes happening in our neighborhood and are not complacent in said changes.
Our job is to help trees to be loved and noticed by the community. Those things that we value, those things that we love, we protect and defend them from harm. That is why these trees need our help.
As our group continues to branch out into the community, we continue to develop a body of work creating iconic images of trees at risk. There is an ongoing, rotating exhibition of works from our dedicated plein air tree painters at the Elisabeth Jones Art Center.
Come out and watch our artists paint, or bring your brushes and join in! To apply for a working artist stipend of $100 for a Painting to Save the Trees, please submit 5 images and a brief bio or introduction to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAINTING TO SAVE THE TREES
A festive weekend of painting and conversational
UPCOMING LOCATIONS AND DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK AND HERE ON THIS SITE.
$100 stipends to be offered to selected artists
If you are an artist & interested in applying & keeping up-to-date with the most recent Paint to Save the Trees Events,
please email email@example.com
We would love to get to know you!
We are currently closed to the public but will be reopening soon with exciting changes. Stay tuned for updated hours!
Elisabeth jones art center is located in the pearl district of downtown portland, oregon