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Hillsboro's First Tuesday features gummy bears, comics, photographs

The first First Tuesday of the fall in downtown Hillsboro features everything from gummy bears to photographs.

Many venues in downtown will stay open late tomorrow night, Tuesday, Oct. 4 for opening receptions for artists.

COURTESY IMAGE - Roxanne Patruznick's series of paintings features gummy bears.At Clark’s Bistro, 246 E. Main St., Roxanne Patruznick is October’s featured artist. Her subjects are gummy bears. Patruznick calls this a “still life” series of narrative paintings. Using elements from her childhood, she creates mini-stories through a single image; the storytelling is as integral as the visual technique.

After the fun of coming up with the story, Patruznick softens the seriousness behind art, infusing it with fun and a solid craft. Her intention is to make artwork that inspires playfulness, to inspire people to stay connected to their inner child and continue to play.

Patruznick is originally from Los Angeles. She attended California Institute for the Arts for animation and worked in the animation field. Carson Hammerland with Mark Newman on percussion will play rockabilly, folk and some metal music.COURTESY IMAGE - 'Gummy CSI' by Roxanne Patruznick

At Weichert Realtors, 231 E. Main St., Louisiana-raised Jason Elstott will display his broad range of work, from strange and obscure characters to more traditional landscapes, including varying amounts of surrealism. In 2004 he moved to Costa Rica and created a series of paintings featuring Costa Rica beaches. COURTESY IMAGE - Jason Elstott's 'Big Eye' is one of the paintings featured at Weichert Realtors during the month of October. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4 during First Tuesday.Elstott currently lives in the Hillsboro area and paints local landscapes, while also working at illustrating stories.

After graduating from Louisiana State University's College of Art and Design in 2001, he got his real estate license to help support his painting habit.

Kevin Harding will provide music. Harding will play his hammered dulcimer, an instrument he made himself.

The Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., showcases Oregon photographer Ed Pabor’s work in the upstairs gallery. The downstairs gallery will feature “Comicon: The Art of Storytelling,” by students from Evergreen Middle School. Under the guidance of local comic artists like Lucy Bellwood, eighth-grade students use a blend of art and words to create visual stories in the form of graphic novels.

Music will be provided by Rio Con Brio. The opening reception runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 S.E. Third Ave., will show the art from last week’s Washington County Plein Air event.

At Influence Gallery, 135 S.E. Third Ave., the following artists will show their work during October: Bruce Horne, Lindsay Hanway, Terri Rushford, Myra Beeler, Lynne M. Taylor and Jullane Rich.

Most venues hold receptions from 5 to 8 p.m., with music, hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

The reception at the Walters runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.