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Valley Art presents 'Golden Artistry'

NEWS-TIMES/HILLSBORO TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The annual week-long Valley Art Artist Event celebrates the gallery's 50 years with the theme of 'Golden Artistry.'The 12 days of Christmas aren’t quite here yet, but that’s not stopping Valley Art from delivering gifts in the form of fresh, new artwork and activities over the course of ten days.

The nonprofit’s Annual Artist Event is back again, this time, with the theme of “Golden Artistry.”

“The purpose of the event is the same as with any retail business, although we are nonprofit, and that is to make enough money during the shopping season to support us during leaner months,” said Jeanne Levy, the association’s education chair. “It is a fundraiser, but even more important — we want to expose people to Valley Art and all of its opportunity to view, buy and make art.”

The celebration will kick off on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. with a Member’s Night. Valley Art supporters will be able to get 10 percent off all purchases for the evening. Eventgoers are encouraged to bring an easy-to-serve hors d’oeuvre or entree to share while people engage with a tarot card reader (hint: art is in the near future). This night is the big night for members, according to Levy. “There will be artwork provided by our juried, longstanding artists,” she said. “And we had three or four new artists jury in during the month of August.”

There will be an interesting Meet The Artists segment the next day on Saturday, Nov. 12 between 1 and 4 p.m. Ginger Steele, a Cornelius-based artist will give a live demonstration of her pottery carving skills. In addition, local calligrapher and bookmaker Patricia Edmonds will showcase her talents.

A light lunch will be served on Sunday, Nov. 13 in the form of “Cafe des Artistes.” Patrons can enjoy the meal and have a chance to browse around the gallery and marvel at the artwork. The $5 tickets can be picked up in the gallery.

On Monday, Nov. 14, Valley Art is inviting all smartphone users to bring their devices to the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. and enjoy snacks and mocktails along with live music by The Resolectrics, a band that draws inspiration from many sources in the roots of American music to create an original and soulful blend of rock, classic R&B and folk. Those at the gallery are highly encouraged to Facebook, Snapchat and tweet about the art and music to alert other aficionados. There will even be a prize for the person with the most tweets.

Tuesday evening, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce and other business owners in the area are invited to meet at Valley Art for an ice cream bar.

Community Day at Valley Art runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and will feature education on art and culture in Washington County.

On Puzzler Day, Thursday, Nov. 17, choose a numbered Valley Art puzzle piece, and find out where it fits. Puzzler Day runs all day long, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Depending on which piece patrons choose, they could get lucky and win a prize.

On Friday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Coin Club will entertain in the gallery. Many know this musical group from their performances around Forest Grove. The evening is open to those 21 and over. Valley Art will have refreshments and an art skirmish, as six artists are given three hours at the easel to complete a painting. Attendees can vote on their favorite that night and Saturday, Nov. 19. The winners of the competition will be announced Monday, Nov. 21.

Another Meet the Artists event will happen from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, with Patricia Edmonds returning. Susan Curington and Barbara Martin will join her.

On Sunday, Nov. 20, Valley Art will end the year’s Artist Event with a noon to 4 p.m. Family Funday Sunday. Guests can join April Hoff and her art helpers as they provide an opportunity for families to make art together.

The Annual Artist Event evolved from what was once called “The Starving Artist Sale.” Artists objected to the term starving, so — even though the association searched for another, more glittery name — the 10-day affair had been called the Annual Artist Event for several years. There is a theme every year, and this year’s “Golden Artistry” theme this year is to mark Valley Art’s 50th anniversary year.

The gallery is located at 2022 Main St., in Forest Grove.