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38th annual art show and sale runs through Sunday



SUBMITTED PHOTO - Marilyn Adkins (left) strolls through a previous iteration of the Celebration of Creativity Fine Art Exhibit & Sale that opens on Thursday night at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton.Beaverton’s Southminster Presbyterian Church is well known for its celebrations — celebrations of God, births, weddings and hospitality.

This week, however, Southminster Presbyterian gets to expand its celebrations to include art.

The church’s 38th annual Celebration of Creativity Fine Art Exhibit & Sale opens to the public on Thursday and continues its showing through Sunday at 12250 S.W. Denney Road.

Held annually in the first week of March, the Fine Art Exhibit & Sale provides a showcase for more than 90 established and emerging Northwest artists. The Celebration of Creativity is noted for its unique displays and the high quality of work exhibited.

The exhibit and sale will feature a variety of ceramics, fiber art, garden art, baskets, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil, acrylic, pastel, pottery, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wearable art.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - This piece, titled 'Storm Front,' was created by Scott Foster and will be on display at the Celebration of Creativity this week.

The Celebration of Creativity begins with a “First Look Gala” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; it features music by pianist Matt Thompson-Aue, hors d’oeuvres, and is the first opportunity to purchase art and meet some of the artists. This event is open to the public, and admission is $10 at the door with off-street parking available at no charge.

On Friday, the exhibit and sale is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission. In the evening, the exhibit and sale is open from 7 to 9 p.m. with the public invited to meet some of the participating artists and live jazz music performed by Blackburn & Duthie; admission is free.

The exhibit and sale continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with guests treated to music by Harpist Ellen Lindquist. Admission is free.

And finally, at 10 a.m. Sunday morning, Southminster Presbyterian Church invites the public to a unique “Worship in the Art” service in the sanctuary which has been transformed into an art gallery. The exhibit and sale is closed during worship but will resume from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free

For the past 15 years, the Celebration of Creativity has provided money for scholarships and art programs as part of its mission to promote local arts by supporting art education. The committee recently granted scholarships to three of the 2015 Beaverton Arts Commission’s outstanding high school visual art students, and will do so again in 2016. In addition, the committee has supported the Beaverton School District Art Literacy Program for the past 15 years with volunteers and donations.

For additional information, call 503-644-2073 or visit celebrationofcreativity.com.

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