In 2012 we saw the debut of Art Takeover, an art show and sale that featured some of Portland's great artists putting together posters that riffed on the iconic lyrics of the songs of the Timbers Army. The money raised benefited Harper's Playground and it was a fantastic success.
This year Art Takeover is back and benefiting Operation Pitch Invasion (OPI). This time around it will not be posters but pennants being put together by some of Portland's most talented designers. The pennants will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 10th, at Coava coffee. With 30 of each pennant being produced, they will go quickly.
That evening after Coava closes there will be an art show on SE Water Street featuring the pennants, as well as some other pieces that will be auctioned off at the end of the night, and some appearances by Timbers players. There will be food, beer, and a good cause to support.
OPI is an effort by the Timbers Army and 107ist to build and maintain soccer fields throughout Portland. After putting in some serious work over the organization's first two years of existence, the volunteers of OPI have now set their sights on completing a fantastic project: building Bless Field in New Columbia, a year round artificial surface that will benefit the nearly 1,200 kids that live in the area.
Our own Ryan Gates talked to OPI spokesman, and Timbers Army fixture, Shawn Levy about Bless Field earlier this year. Check out that interview here.
You can get a look at some of the pennant designs in this video:
The Art Takeover press release:
Art Takeover: Factory North and the Timbers Army team up for an art show beneﬁting a local charity.
Portland, OR - Factory North and the Timbers Army have joined forces to organize Art Takeover: Operation Bless Field, an art show featuring original Timbers-inspired screen-printed classic styled felt pennants designed by 30 local artists. The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pennants will also be on display and for sale all day at Coava Co!ee (1300 SE Grand Ave) during their regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds from pennant sales, which will sell for $30 each, will go to Operation Pitch Invasion’s current project: Bless Field, a youth-sized all-season soccer ﬁeld for the kids of Portland’s New Columbia neighborhood. http://pitch-invasion.org
The daytime event will be a family friendly block party of food trucks and fun. In addition to the pennants, this year there will be an auction of 6 one-of-a-kind 3’x5’ canvas ﬂags designed by these 6 design groups: Instrument, W+K 12, Nemo, Roundhouse, Epipheo, and Beam & Anchor. The ﬂags will be displayed at an evening event at 1050 SE Water Ave, where we will have Widmer Green & Kolsch, the Bunk Truck, and more.
Pennants will feature themes from Timbers Army chants, such as "Rose City till I die," "Moving onto victory," and "Bury me in green and gold." Poster artists include OMFGCo, Will Bryant and Keegan Wenkman, to name just a few.
For more information about Art Takeover: Operation Bless Field, visit http://arttakeoverportland.com.
About Factory North:
Factory North is a full-service design studio located in Portland, OR. Formed in April 2011, Factory North is focused on providing brand identity, packaging, print design, web solutions and overall problem solving to thoughtfully selected clients. Factory North’s current client list is diverse in both products/ services provided and customers served.
About the Timbers Army:
Part carnival, part mosh pit, part revival meeting, part Christmas morning, ﬁlled with people from every part of the community and every walk of life, the Timbers Army turns each game into a celebration of its love of Portland, of soccer and of the Timbers.
About Operation Pitch Invasion:
OPI is a grassroots, Oregon 501(c)(3) that builds, restores and maintains soccer ﬁelds in our City's parks and schools. Since 2011 OPI has improved dozens of ﬁelds, moved tons of dirt, repaired miles of sprinklers, painted dozens of goals and made better places in our community for everyone to enjoy the beautiful game.