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Gallery without walls continue through next week

Art Walk to wrap up May 15


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Spray paint artists have created several large murals prominently displayed in downtown Tigard as part of its second annual Art Walk, which runs through May 15.If you haven’t been to downtown Tigard in the past week, you probably don’t know about the eight-foot-tall goliath paintings at the corner of Main and Commercial Street.

For the past week, the large graffiti-inspired murals have been on display as part of downtown's second annual Art Walk, which continues through May 15.

Along with the murals, the two-week-long festival features paintings, ceramics, stained glass, kinetic art, fabric art and more, on display at more than 20 downtown businesses and a dedicated art gallery showcasing additional works by the artists.

See something you like? Participants are encouraged to vote for their favorite. The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced on May 15.

Click here for a map of the Art Walk

“I ran out of brochures, so many people have come through (the art gallery)” said Elise Shearer, who organized the walk. “We had quite a few that came through on Friday and Saturday.”

The pop-up art gallery, 12260 S.W. Main St., will showcase additional artwork from the juried artists, as well as a special GLEAN exhibition. A partnership between Metro, Recology and CrackedPots, GLEAN pieces are created with recycled materials saved from landfills.

The artists on display come from across the Portland area, including Brian Borrello, the Portland artist tasked with designing public art at each end of Main Street and Pacific Highway.

TIMES PHOTO: GEOFF PURSINGER - The pop up art gallery on Southwest Main Street is one of several new features to the art walk, which runs through May 15.Those pieces are waiting to be installed. A one-quarter scale replica of the design is on display at the art gallery.

Steve Erikson of Beaverton stopped by the showcase on Monday to check out the art work.

“We just moved from Wisconsin, and they have a thing called Art in the Park that shuts the whole downtown down,” he said. “It’s a great way to bring folks together.”

Deborah Montoya at Main St. Stamp & Stationary, agreed.

“All the stuff going on helped people stop in,” she said. “We have people walk in and check us out, plus we have people who specifically came in to look at the art.”

The Art Walk started last year as a way to drive traffic downtown, despite a major road construction project that was underway at the time.

Montoya said she has seen more people participate this year.

"It feels like it," she said. "I guess I'll have to reserve judgement until the 15th."

For more about the Art WAlk, visit www.exploredowntowntigard.com.

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