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Tigard Art Walk to return in May

Applications are being accepted for participants in annual art festival.

TIMES PHOTO: GEOFF PURSINGER - Large spray-painted murals stand outside a pop-up art gallery on Main Street in 2015. The Tigard Art Walk is expected to return to Main Street this May.Know any good local artists? Tigard’s Main Street is looking to put their work on display.

The Tigard Downtown Alliance is currently taking submissions for the third annual Tigard Art Walk, an art festival in downtown Tigard.

Art from local artists will be on display at several local businesses throughout downtown Tigard from May 5 to 14.

The two-week-long festival features a juried art display of paintings, ceramics, stained glass, kinetic art, fabric art and more, each on display at different local shop. Visitors can cast their vote for their favorite in the “People’s Choice Award,” with the winner to be announced at the end of the festival.

The art walk began in 2014 during the height of the city’s massive downtown reconstruction project in downtown.

The plan, at the time, was to encourage people to come downtown to experience the art. The festival is hosted by the Tigard Downtown Alliance, a group of downtown business and property owners working to better the city’s long struggling core.

“It’s about generating traffic on Main Street,” TDA president Steve DeAngelo told The Times last year. “If word gets out about this, people may want to come down and see this stuff. It’s a potential draw.”

The plan gained the attention of the group Oregon Main Street, with awarded the art show one of its 'Excellence in Downtown Revitalization' awards last year, for the show’s work to promote the city’s downtown.

Last year’s show expanded to include not only more artists, but a pop-up art gallery, large graffiti art projects in downtown and a several permanent displays, including the large glass orbs decorating Main Street’s sidewalks, and a large public art installation outside Symposium Coffee.

The pop up gallery is expected to return this year, and plans are in the works to have a one-day art sidewalk sale, according to event organizers.

Interested in participating? Artists are asked to visit the Downtown Alliance’s website, to fill out an application.