See 68 artists show off their wares in Beaverton next weekend

by: COURTESY PHOTO - Beaverton oil painter and illustrator Michael Orwick will present A Far off Singing (The Walk Home), an oil painting and Beaverton basketry and fiber artist Nanette Davis uses arashi shibori, a Japanese method of dying silk cloth, to create the material she hand-cuts and bonds to form her metal plaited sculptures below. Both works and many more will be on display this weekend in Beaverton.For visual art fans, Beaverton is the place to be the first weekend of November.

For 30 years Oregon artists have flooded Beaverton's annual Visual Arts Showcase with diverse artwork ranging from realistic renditions of northwest landscapes to abstract impressions of foreign lands, memories and everyday life.

This year, new and returning artists alike present a cascade of fresh works at the showcase from Saturday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Beaverton City Library, located at 12375 S.W. Fifth St.

Hosted by the Beaverton Arts Commission every year since the non-profit started in 1983, the nine-day showcase is free and open to the public.

“It’s hard to believe that Showcase has celebrated art in our community for 30 years,” said Beaverton Arts Commission President Shelley Wright. “It’s wonderful to see the evolution of our artists and how many participate in the jury process to be chosen for the Beaverton Showcase. Here’s to the next 30 years.”

With 68 artists presenting, viewers can expect to see more than 90 works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, photography, print, ceramic, sculpture, fiber and more.

“It’s amazing to think about the tremendous talents represented by the Visual Arts Showcase over the past 30 years,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “Showcase continues to provide a unique opportunity to view inspirational works created by Oregon artists, displayed right here in Beaverton.”

An Opening Night Gala and Reception will kick off the exhibition and sale on Saturday, Nov. 3 in meeting rooms A and B of the library.

The gala allows community members to meet participating artists, as well as local community leaders, while getting a chance to vote for their favorite work. Awards will be announced at the gala, which includes seven $100 first place awards, and a $500 Best of Show award. Linda Smith, a professional pianist, will perform throughout the evening.

A week of art

Before the gala the Westside Cultural Alliance will present a workshop for grant seekers from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Beaverton Library titled “Finding and Getting the Right Grant.” The workshop fee is $25 for an individual and $50 for organizations who want to send up to five people.

During the entire month of November, Art On Broadway gallery will host the Beaverton Arts Commission’s Past Showcase Award Winners Exhibit. A reception will be held 5 to 9 p.m., Nov. 3. Art On Broadway is located at 12570 S.W. Broadway St.

Music in Small Spaces will highlight the performing arts with Ronn McFarlane in a Solo Lute Concert on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. Tickets are $9.

The Photography Education Group will host a photo review in the library conference room on Saturday, Nov. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. Photographers are encouraged to bring their photos for a free critique.

Following the showcase, the 10th annual Teen Art Show will run from Nov. 15 through Nov. 18 at the Beaverton Library. Teens in grades six and up are invited to submit up to three works of art until the day before the show.

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