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Nuit Blanche

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, organizers of Valley Art's Annual Artist Event decided to bring Paris in for the party.

Dancers, musicians, authors, fortune-tellers, winemakers and more will all share their crafts on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the opening of this year's annul art sale in Forest Grove.

Valley Art's "Nuit Blanche" or "The Sleepless Night" will be modeled after an evening in Paris when art galleries and museums, not generally open at night, host artistic exhibitions, book readings and performances.

The event will coincide with downtown Forest Grove's First Wednesday activities.

The Nomadic Theatre Company, a Portland acting ensemble, will perform expressive, nonverbal entertainment on the street.

Stilt-walker Heather Peal Cromie and her companion street performer will entertain the crowds.

Portlander Adam Hurst, an accomplished musician and composer, will play electric cello.

Fortune teller CJ Stuart will provide insight via tarot cards.

And of course, as any good Parisian party would have, there will be wine to taste from Kramer Vineyards.

'We wanted to do somthing different,' said Jeanne Levy, organizer for the event. 'We really hope it will help sales.'

The entertainers were hired with money from the Forest Grove Arts Commission and the City Club.

'The merchants downtown are very enthusiastic to provide ideas and invite the community,' said Levy.

The events will start with a private art unveiling from 4:30-6 p.m., when members are allowed first pick and 10-percent off the art sale that will run Nov 12.

The gallery will be open to the public from 6-9 p.m.

From one-of-a-kind cups and saucers for tea drinkers to beautiful photographs for nature lovers to arty outdoor sculptures for gardeners - Valley Art boasts quite a selection.

Organizers say that shopping the sale is a great opportunity to buy unique gifts from Pacific Northwest artists. In addition, Valley Art has a time-payment plan. It works well for paintings that would be unaffordable otherwise.

This year, 62 artists will participate in the annual sale a display of all new pieces.

Jewelers Jim and Lynda Hayes, metal sculptor Tim Tanner, painters Bob Schlegel and Walt Weber, wood artist Paul Rasmussen, and photographers Jean Noren and Patricia Edmonds are among the area artists whose work will be for sale.

Pottery, a popular gift art, will be represented by 25 artists.

The event is one the oldest Valley Art traditions and one of the big fund-raisers - it has brought in about $12,000 a year for the non-profit gallery, which sees revenues drop after the holiday season.

'It provides a good cushion for Valley Art throughout the year,' said Levy.

Valley Art keeps 35 percent - one of the lowest commissions in the area - and the rest goes to the artists.