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Second Saturday Art Walk breathes new life into Old Town Sherwood

by: Contributed photo, UNLIKELY COMBINATION – Artist Masty Hughes works on a new painting at Sherwood Tax and Accounting during the first Second Saturday Art Walk on Saturday, March 8.

Let Portland have its first and last Thursday art walks, Sherwood's taking Saturday.

Old Town business owners kicked-off the inaugural Second Saturday Art Walk on Saturday, March 8 and hope to turn it into a monthly event.

'I'm pleased with the turnout,' said Odge Gribble, owner of the newly opened artists cooperative in Old Town Sherwood. 'This is definitely bringing people to Old Town Sherwood.'

Gribble's gallery featured photographer David Gilmore as well as the work of more than 30 regular contributors to the gallery.

Visitors who came to Old Town on March 8 may have noticed art in some unlikely places.

Outside the Kumon Math and Reading Center, for instance, Trinidad native - and recent Sherwood transplant - Tyrel Dowlat added some spring color to the street with his colorful paintings.

Sherwood resident Bill Brennock was taking a stroll with his 8-year-old grandson Kevin Reed, who was visiting from Oregon City, and didn't know about the art walk until he spied Dowlat's work.

'It's very impressive,' Brennock said of the Saturday event.

Watching the artists pull their vision from paintbrushes and blank canvass was half the fun.

In front of the Railroad Street Antique Mall artist Victoria Poarch worked on a watercolor and displayed information about her craft.

'It's been a pretty good day,' Poarch said. 'I've just started getting involved with the arts (scene) in Sherwood, but this is a good event.'

Inside the antique mall, Poarch's watercolors, including a gorgeous rendition of Luscher Farms in Lake Oswego, were on full display.

Not all of the art was traditional, however. Outside the Lavender Tea House on First Street, artists Josie Adams and Jennifer Criscola displayed their garden art creations, which included unique birdbaths and other outdoor art.

'Isn't this great?' said Jamie Yang, owner of the Lavender Tea House. 'This is exactly the type of thing that Old Town needs.'

And it's exactly the type of thing that, with the community's support, will continue to make Old Town Sherwood a great place to visit on the weekends, Gribble said. The next Second Saturday Art Walk will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12.