Several venues will feature afforable art for sale at Dec. 5 opening night receptions.

COURTESY PHOTO - Jan Su Hirst is one of four artists displaying snow-themed paintings at Clarks Bistro in December.Think art. Think gifts. Hillsboro's First Tuesday Artwalk on Dec. 5 debuts a month of new art and new gift potential for the holidays.

Here's a sampling of what's in store at several downtown galleries and businesses:

  • Sequoia Gallery, 136 S.E. Third Ave., features the annual all-member show, presenting artwork and small art treasures created by Sequoia artists. This show also features the Holiday Tree decorated with handmade ornaments of glass, wood, miniature canvases and more available for purchase.

    The Dec. 5 opening reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Thirteen onsite studios will be open and Orenco-based The Local Band will play. More:

  • At the Weichert Realtors office, 231 E. Main St., affordable art under $100 by four artists will be on display and for sale. Artists Joshua Gundersen, Felipe Gomez, Linda Holland will have a variety of small works on display.

    Special guest artist Venetia Menzies, a photojournalist originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and currently based in London, visited the West Coast recently and left photographs printed on canvas for shows in Oregon. Her grassroots reporting aims to explore the myriad ways in which globalization is transforming the world's cultures, religions, geographies and livelihoods. Originally trained as an economist, Menzies combines human stories with powerful imagery to uncover the world around us, a world fraught with social and environmental issues, yet intricate and wondrous.

    An opening reception will run from 6 to 8 p.m., with music by blues band Small Town Ruckus. Stop by and enjoy art, music hors d'oeuvres and wine.

  • Clark's Bistro and Pub, 264 E. Main St., will host a group of five artists dislaying snow paintings. Bruce Reed, Laura Hopper, Jan Su Hirst, Merry Goldthorpe and Linda Holland will display their snow artwork. Live music will be by Infludence Music Hall owner Evan Acey. Stop in between 6 and 8 p.m. for food and wine samples.

  • Two artists display abstract work at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., during December and January. Plata Garza's "The Abstracts" is a collection of experimental acrylic paintings. Each piece is a vibrant exercise in color, process and perspective. While the pieces move through a variety of different modes, points of view and subject matters, the artist has united the works by placing three dots — a personal hieroglyph of sorts — in each painting.

    Steve Kleier displays an abstract watercolor collection. Kleier looks to an inner world and dreamlike space, allowing fleeting impressions to come to the surface to be interpreted on the canvas. "Just as music does not imitate sounds we hear," says Kleier, "so these paintings do not imitate things we see...They are visual music."

    A reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with music by harpist Elizabeth Nicholson. COURTESY PHOTO - Steve Kleier's watercolor abstracts will be featured at the Walters.

    Additional participating First Tuesday Artwalk venues include the Catherine Bede Gallery, Influence Gallery, Pizzario, Colours, Insomnia Coffee Co., Paradise Coral, Artfull Garden, Perks of Art and more. For more:

    Kathy Fuller
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