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Tuesday Art Walk in works

Downtown businesses, galleries open new art shows Dec. 6.

COURTESY IMAGE - 'Dia de los Muertos,' by Kristina Koenig, will be on display at Weichert Realty on Main St.Downtown Hillsboro stays open late Dec. 6 for First Tuesday art show openings and musical entertainment.

Portland artist Kristina Koenig is featured at Weichert Realtors, 231 E. Main St. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. with special Christmas snacks and wine, as well as musical entertainment by three youth bands organized by Joey Aloia from MIR Music: Why Joe – Y, Gary, and Something Wicked.

Koenig holds a bachelor’s of fine arts from Principia College. She experiments with many mediums, creating classical figure drawing and graphic design. Though all inform her technique, it is with oil that she has best been able to explore the interplay of color and her perception of meaning. Using a mixture of wry humor and a sense of wonder in the ordinary, her paintings inhabit the shadowy space between the foreign and the familiar; testing the boundaries of realism and abstraction.

Inspired by such icons as Jasper Johns, Francis Bacon and Hans Hoffman, Koenig utilizes thick layering of paint and bold brush strokes. She reworks her paintings several times, often painting on top of earlier canvases. By allowing the old images and colors to seep through she constructs the happy accidents of bright contrasting colors that provide the signature look of her work.

She is an owning partner, with Vilem Stosek, of Fotoeffect Studio and Gallery, a regular with Portland’s monthly First Thursday events.

At Clark’s Bistro and Pub, 264 E. Main St., Barbara Martin will be December’s featured artist. Judith Shortt, realtor for The Phoenix Group will host this event.COURTESY IMAGE - 'Boy Artist,' by Barbara Martin

Martin grew up on three continents and lived in 10 states before settling in Hillsboro four years ago. Her artwork is contemporary in style and leans toward abstract and sometimes surreal. She has an MBA, is a certified creativity coach and a licensed Right Brain Business Plan facilitator. She recently had a solo show at the Hillsboro Civic Center, showed her work in the Dragon Boat show at Portland5 and will be in the Portland BIG 500 in December.

Martin will show acrylic paintings on plywood and canvas with themes of human nature and finding a sense of place. “My paintings reveal place -- moments in time from the serenity of a landscape to the horror of a nightmare,” Martin says.

Other businesses open for First Tuesday Art Walk are The Artfull Garden, 222 E. Main St., with textile artist Marlys Violet Spencer and music by Skip Farmer; the Speak! Agency, 205 E. Main St #3, with artist Brad Grace and music by Mike McConnell; and Return to Health Chiropractic, 446-B E. Main St., with artist Adele and music by Julia.

Influence Art Gallery, Sequoia Gallery+Studios and Walters Cultural Art Center are also open during the First Tuesday Art Walk.

Sequoia, located at 136 S.E. Third Ave., features the annual All Member Show, a display of artwork and small art treasures created by Sequoia artists. Each artist will have a space showing multiple selections of their work. This show also features the Holiday Tree decorated with handmade ornaments of glass, wood, miniature canvases and more, available for purchase. Sequoia’s reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with 13 on-site studios open during the reception and music by the Rachel Fischer Trio.

The reception at the Walters, 527 E. Main St., runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with Katherine Rhee providing live music.

In the upstairs gallery, Gina Hartmann presents “Sentire.” Hartmann’s layered, delicate work incorporates weaving and text to act as metaphors for the complexities we embody as living beings. This collection reflects the intricate patterns that build as we experience the world.

In the downstairs gallery, work from the Zimbabwe Artists Project is on display. ZAP is a nonprofit organization partnering with women in Zimbabwe to support self-enterprise through the creation of art. The vibrant work from this exhibit gives a rich glimpse into the lives and local culture of the artists.