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Church plans pop-up art show to help feed the hungry in Hillsboro

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - Left to right, Elina Zebergs, Pastor Matthew Eagan and Joanne Rice are working to bring an afternoon pop-up art show to Calvary Lutheran Church on April 24. Proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Hillsboro.Helping the hungry in the Hillsboro community isn't anything new to the congregation at Calvary Lutheran Church.

But the Pop-Up Art Show Pastor Matthew Eagan and Elina Zebergs have planned for Sunday, April 24, is a new way to help the hungry, reach out to the wider community and help celebrate local artists at the same time.

With help from Zebergs, a Forest Grove resident and member of local art groups Sequoia Studios and Green Cab (Zebergs' parents are members of the church), Eagan hopes to raise funds to benefit the St. Vincent de DePaul food bank in Hillsboro.

Calvary Lutheran has had a decades-long commitment to feeding the hungry, Eagan says, starting with providing food boxes each holiday season beginning in the 1970s. The church has held numerous fundraisers to benefit the local food pantry. Each summer, Eagan says, about a ton of fresh produce from the community garden on church property is delivered to St. Vincent de Paul food bank on Southeast Oak St.

The art show is a new twist on fundraising that gives church members and the public a chance to see, appreciate and buy from local artists. "This church really wants to support artists and lift up these great, creative people," Eagan says.

Likewise, Zebergs and her artist colleagues believe it's important to give back the the community that supports them.

"This is important to us, too," Zebergs says, adding that artists were happy to sign on for the afternoon show.

St. Vincent de Paul food bank has seen in uptick in the number of people seeking assistance, Eagan said. Figures from the last six months indicate the food bank serves over 500 lunches monthly and between 50 and 200 new families each month seek help.

The show is open to the public, which will include 3D and 2D art, as well as jewelry for sale. Donations are also accepted.

Pop in to the Pop-Up Art Show

When: Sunday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Calvary Lutheran Church, 937 N.E. Jackson School Road.

What: Several artists from Calvary and several more local artists will display and sell their work.

Why: Artists will donate 20 percent of their proceeds to the Hillsboro St. Vincent de Paul food bank.