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Valley Art hopes music, masks, munchies will help raise matching grant funds

Valley Art Association will begin its 50th anniversary celebration with a gala Celestial Carnaval featuring music and masks on Jan. 23, from 8 to 11 p.m. at its gallery, 2022 Main Street in Forest Grove.

The event will raise matching funds for its recently awarded $20,000 Metro storefront grant to refurbish the front of its building on Main Street in downtown Forest Grove. Plans for the project, which include new windows and an upgraded look for the gallery’s Main Street face, will be unveiled at the gala.

The celebration will feature dancing to music by 3 Leg Torso, a popular Portland ensemble that plays a synthesis of chamber music, tango, klezmer, latin and Roma music. The carnaval will also include no-host wine and beer from Urban Decanter, work on display by gallery members and Green Cab Artists, a photo booth, appetizers and other surprises.

Valley Art Association was established in 1966 by a small group of local artists who were mostly potters. The pottery tradition continues today with classes in a large, fully equipped studio. Other art education opportunities include painting, fiber, collage and mixed media classes, and quilting, photography and creativity groups.

Celestial Carnaval guests are welcome to wear masks or to pick one up at the party. Tickets for the event are $25, “ValleyArt” at brownpapertickets.com (and include a first glass of wine or beer). You may visit the gallery 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For more information about the fundraising event or Valley Art Association and its gallery, call 503-357-3703.