We see them almost every day without a second thought. Weathered by time, distinct characteristics shining through, hand-painted signs are a product of a fascinating 150 year-old history. What was once a common job has now become a highly specialized underground trade, a unique craft struggling with technological advances. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country, from the old guard to the up-and-comers. Sign Painters celebrates those keeping the tradition intact with a bespoke approach and appreciation for a balance between art and information.
Join Design Museum Portland Thursday, June 18th at Cinema 21 as we revel in this age old craft for a screening of this inspiring documentary. Be sure to stay after the screening for a Q&A with local Portland sign painters Peter McKearnan of Peter McKearnan’s Signworks, Lee Littlewood of Lee’s Better Letters, Justin Riede of Riede Signs and Colt Bowden of MAC Sign Painting. These talented sign painters will share insight into their urban craft and even offer a few demonstrations of their artistry!
Guests will also enjoy complimentary snacks from Poplandia Popcorn!
Cinema 21 is located in the heart of Portland’s NW neighborhood on 21st Avenue between Hoyt and Irving Streets. Over its 88 year history, the theater has become a hub for the city’s film culture and Portland’s most revered cinema. The theater has brought to town some of the most acclaimed indie and art films over the last 30 years.
Tickets are free for members; $10 for non-members online, $12 at the door. Enjoy a year’s worth of great design and inspiration while supporting Design Museum Portland: become a member today.