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Visual Arts Showcase week starts Saturday at library

More than 90 artists featured at 29th-annual event

Presented by the Beaverton Arts Commission, the Reser's Fine Foods 29th-annual Visual Arts Showcase will run from Saturday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St.

The showcase is free, open to the public and features more than 90 works of art by Oregon artists.

An Opening Night Gala and reception will kick off the nine-day exhibition and sale on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B of the Beaverton City Library. The gala gives community members an opportunity to meet the participating artists and community leaders, while getting a chance to vote for their favorite work. Awards will be announced at the gala, which include four $200 first-place awards and a $500 Best of Show award. Professional pianist Linda Smith will perform throughout the evening.

Beaverton Mayor Dennis Doyle spoke of the event as a great opportunity to experience Oregon culture at its finest.

'Each year, our community has an opportunity to experience the impressive artistic talent of Oregon artists right here in our city library,' he said. 'The Beaverton Visual Arts Showcase, now in its 29th year, continues the tradition of presenting artistic excellence to all that come to view the collection.'

Dan Scorby, president of the Beaverton Arts Committee, said the event has grown in scope and variety.

'Over the years, the Showcase has evolved into an exhibition of works by selected Oregon artists who participate in an open invitation to have their works juried by a panel of art experts,' he said. 'The result is an exhibition of exceptional works of art in a variety of media.'

Although visual arts have been the predominant purpose of the showcase, a variety of other events make this year's show a multidimensional artistic experience.

Before the gala, the Westside Cultural Alliance is presenting a media workshop for artists and performers in the Library Auditorium from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. called 'How to Promote Your Arts Event in 2012.' The workshop costs $25 for individual (includes one-year of Friends' privileges) and $50 for organizations (admits four).

For more information, visit westsideculturalalliance.org or artstage.info.

'Music in Small Spaces' will highlight the performing arts with The Oregon Guitar Quartet this Sunday, and The Flute, Viola and Harp Trio on Sunday, Nov. 13. Performances are at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Advance tickets are $18 or $20 at the door.

Visit musicinsmallspaces.org or call 503-644-0712 for more information.

The showcase is sponsored by Reser's Fine Foods Inc., the city of Beaverton, Platt Electric, and Heitzman Body and Paint Inc.

Following the showcase, the ninth-annual Teen Art Show will run Nov. 17 through Nov. 23 at the library. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to submit up to three works of art each. Submissions will be accepted in the teen room from Nov. 14 through 16 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

An opening reception with refreshments will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17. During the Teen Art Show, Washington County Museum and Print Arts NW will present 'Family Day Art Fun' on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with activities suitable for ages 3 and up with their favorite adult.

For more information about the teen show, visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-350-4001.

Judges for the 2011 Visual Arts Showcase include:

· Best of Show: Arthur DeBow, Oregon College of Art and Craft, director of exhibitions and Alumni Affairs

· Watercolor: Charles Froelick, Froelick Gallery, owner and president

· Mixed Media, Fine Craft, Sculpture: Jeffrey Thomas, Museum of Contemporary Craft, director

· Oils, Acrylics, Prints, Drawings, Pastels: Gina Carrington, Black Fish Gallery, director

· Photography: Phil Harris, Oregon College of Art And Craft, General Studies Department head and photographer