The holidays are upon us, adding to the many entertainments to choose from. Not to be lost in the flurry of the season are December art openings and receptions at area galleries.

Homeless youth show art at Walters

The Walters Cultural Arts Center Gallery welcomes a new exhibit that brings to light the artistic talents of homeless youth and the professional artists who mentor them at the Portland: Education, Art and Recreation program, known as “p:ear.” Each year the program serves almost 900 homeless and transitional youth between the ages of 15 and 24, working to strengthen their lives through creative mentoring.

Meet the artists at the First Tuesday reception Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bluegrass duo Steve Blanchard and Matt Snook will entertain. Visitors are invited to bring TriMet passes and warm gloves or hats to donate to HomePlate, the nonprofit that serves homeless youth in Washington County.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 28. For information, call 503-615-3485.

Influence Artists’ show continues

Artists Linda Holland, JanSu Hirst, Jackie Woodward, James Tschida, Heather Wells, Patty Gifford and Lynne Taylor continue their show through December at Summa Real Estate Group in Forest Grove, at 2012 Main St.

The artists, whose mediums include photography, oils, acrylics and watercolor, will be on hand to talk about their work at the First Wednesday reception and Christmas party, Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. For information, call 503-956-5604.

Summa Hillsboro displays muralist’s work

Emily Lux of Forest Grove is the featured artist at Summa in Hillsboro. Her work will be on display through December at the real estate office at 231 East Main St.

Lux is a muralist, painter and maker of books who earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at Pacific Northwest College of Art and a master of arts in teaching at Pacific University. A reception for Lux, who teaches special education in addition to creating art, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Kirk Larson and friends will provide music for the reception.

Sequoia show features all artists

All 34 members of the Sequoia Art Gallery will be featured in the “Northwest Light” exhibit during December and January. A First Tuesday opening reception for the artists, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., includes music by Bossa Duo. Look for the tree of handmade ornaments on sale to raise funds for the gallery. The gallery is located at 136 S.E. Third St., Hillsboro. For information, call 503-693-0401.

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