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Art in the Burbs will return Oct. 18-20 with new twist


More than 75 artists will be on tap, each with unique and unusual handcrafted items

The always-anticipated Art in the Burbs art show and sale is set for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20, at Alberta Rider Elementary, 14850 S.W. 132nd Terrace, Tigard.

The "First Look" on Friday, which includes an opportunity to preview the art and shop for best selection plus a dessert bar and live entertainment, runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

The show is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alberta Rider will be transformed into a gallery of beautiful artwork of all kinds with some of the proceeds going to support art education in Tigard-Tualatin schools.

The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools heads the event, and with the help of dozens of volunteers working countless hours, Art in the Burbs has come to life each fall for the past 14 years.

In addition to the art, music and great shopping, visitors will enjoy new "carts in the burbs" this year.

Two new food carts, a coffee cart and an art-filled van will adorn the parking lot at Alberta Rider Elementary on Saturday and Sunday.

Bro-Dogs will offer hot dogs with all the fixings that make their dogs some of the best in town (and in the burbs), and Russell's Bread will bring a mobile wood-fired oven to serve up hot and tasty pizzas, baked to order.

Other carts include Da Pressed Coffee, which will sell creamy lattes and espresso drinks to thirsty shoppers, volunteers and artists.

Finally, Kayrene "Leather Girl" Kelley, will arrive in style in her renovated 1967 step van filled with beautiful leather creations.

"It looks like an old gypsy van," Kelley said. "The back rolls up, and folks walk right into the truck to shop. It's a fun and different experience for our customers, and they love it."

Her leather bags, belts and hipsters were big sellers at last year's event, and she is looking forward to her new spot in the parking lot.

Kelley is one of the more than 75 artists who will be selling their creations at this year's show.

Art in the Burbs is a unique shopping experience for the whole community, but perhaps the best part of the event is what happens after it's over.

In the last seven years alone, Art in the Burbs has given more than $85,000 to the 15 schools in the Tigard-Tualatin district.

Funds are distributed as grants through the foundation to support programs in music, fine arts and drama at all levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade.

A complete list of grants awarded for the 2012 season is available at artintheburbs.org/about.

There will be free parking at the school, but a donation at the door of $3 Friday evening and $2 Saturday and Sunday is suggested.