Mike Bennett invites you on a magical journey during Wonderwood, an immersive adventure complete with a coffee shop in St. Johns this fall.
From street signs and murals to exhibits and local partnerships, chances are you’ve seen Mike Bennett’s art in Portland. He first gained popularity with his A to Zoo Family Museum, a series of fun and educational installations displayed in his front yard.
Once you’re familiar with his style of art, you’ll start spotting it all around town. Your neighbor may even have one of his slow down signs in their yard. He also sells his art at cut outs, wooden figurines, enamel pins and apparel. His mothman design is my favorite and decorates my home work space.
Deemed the public joy creator of our city, his illustrations are playful, inspired and fun. His latest projects have focused on themed exhibits. Last fall, Mike turned the old Bank of America location in St. Johns into the Crypto-Zoo with 26 life-size cut outs of cryptids, monsters and mythical beasts. In the summer, he took us back in time with Dinolandia, a jurassic exhibition like no other in downtown Portland.
Now, Mike Bennett is taking his talents to the fantasy land of Wonderwood.
2022 Wonderwood: Mike Bennett’s Immersive Adventure and Coffee Shop
Wonderwood: The Scourge of Castle Maplehold
Adventurers needed! Are you ready to brave the troubled town of Maplehold? Get ready for a delightful and humorous immersive adventure within the magical world of Wonderwood.
The Castle Maplehold is seeking aide in response to a dastardly deciduous magical menace that has befallen it. If interested in this quest, meet the wise Mage Ben Net’t at the Wonderwood Springs Tavern in the village of Port Land.
Wonderwood is open through December 1. The immersive experience is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wonderwood Makers Faire
For lovers of art, clothing, vintage, toys and magic, visit the Wonderwood Makers Faire on Sunday October 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is a suggested donation of $8 for adults. Children 5 and under free. Wonderwood is taking place in St. Johns in the former Bank of America building at 7410 N. Chicago Ave.
Wonderwood Springs: Coffee Shop
Legend of the magical Wonderwood Springs says it stays in a town for as long as it feels it needs to. Whether two days or two decades, its path has led to Portland, Oregon.
Right next to the Wonderwood adventure, you can recharge from your quest with a delicious caffeinated beverage and snack at Wonderwood Springs. The coffee shop will be decorated top to bottom with Mike Bennett’s signature artwork.
The shop will have coffee, food, events and shopping. Coffee and hot cider ranges from $3.50-$6. Food options range from $8-11.
Wonderwood Springs is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located right next to the Wonderwood adventure, Wonderwood Springs is at 8811 N Lombard Street in Portland.
More details about these attractions will be announced soon. To stay up to date, visit the Wonderwood website.
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