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Tigard Art Walk returns May 5

TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Tigard Art Walk coordinator Elise Shearer talks about what to expect from this years art walk.Tigard’s Main Street is about to get a bit more colorful.

This weekend, the downtown kicks off its third annual Tigard Art Walk, a yearly art show showcasing local artists from across the Portland area.

The two-week-long festival begins May 5, with a juried art display of paintings, ceramics, stained glass, kinetic art, fabric art and more, each on display at different local shops. Visitors can vote for their favorite piece, which will receive the “People’s Choice Award” at the end of the festival.

The event began in 2014 as a way to entice people to come to the downtown during a large road construction project, but the project has grown into an annual celebration of local artists, said Elise Shearer, who is coordinating this year’s art walk.

The Art Walk is hosted by the Tigard Downtown Alliance, a coalition of property and business owners near Southwest Main Street working to better the city’s long struggling core.

Returning this year is a pop-up art gallery in one of the downtown’s vacant buildings. Shearer said that the gallery will include artwork for sale, as well as plenty of other pieces from local artists.

Terry Woodard-Neddeau, who runs the Tigard Liquor Store on Main Street, is entering the show herself as an artist with several large silk flower arrangements.

“I’ve only done little pieces,” she said. “I’ve ever done anything like this before, but I might have found I have a knack for it.”

Shearer said that she’d like downtown Tigard to become known for its art displays.

“Artists have had a huge influence in downtown, already,” Shearer said.

Two large pink art pieces were installed in the downtown last year and local glass blowing shop Live Laugh Love Glass created several glass orbs which adorn the downtown’s streetscape. Three large art sculptures have been leased to the TDA for display in the downtown.

A one-day art sidewalk sale is planned for Saturday, Shearer said.

“We’ll have artists working on projects right outside on the sidewalk throughout downtown,” Shearer said.

By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor
The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood
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