Show features paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and more

Volunteer Jerry Hoerber preps displays for new art.Valley Art Association’s Annual Artist Event is just around the corner. Artists working in all media are bringing new work to the gallery for the “Local Treasures” show that begins Saturday, Nov. 9.

Association members are invited to the preview celebration and sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and will receive a 10 percent discount on purchases that night only. “We have new things that are affordable to anyone,” past president Dana Zurcher said, “not just expensive things, but something everyone can afford to have in their homes.”

Established in 1966, the nonprofit gallery and art-education organization regularly features work from more than 200 established and emerging artists. “It was started by 12 people who sat around a table and thought Forest Grove deserved an art facility,” said Merrie French, who served as executive director for 35 years.

French still volunteers, “working with the artists who are working hard to give us good work,” she said. “I keep in touch and I’m their advocate.”

Valley Art is itself a local treasure, established and continued entirely by volunteers who contribute time and talent in numerous ways. The organization sponsors and runs Forest Grove’s annual Chalk Art Festival and offers classes and workshops for children and adults throughout the year.

The show continues through Nov. 17, with special gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The cost to join Valley Art is $25 for a family, $15 for an individual, $5 for a student.

Valley Art is located at 2022 Main Street in Forest Grove. Information about upcoming classes and workshops is available at

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