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First Tuesday artwalk set Oct. 6

COURTESY PHOTO - Christine Martell, who curates the 'Here Be Art!'exhibit at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, created this artisitic rendition of a map of Hillsboro.October is Arts Month in Hillsboro and the First Tuesday Artwalk kicks off a month full of activities and events happening all over the city.

Head downtown Oct. 6 to check out the opening of new art exhibits at the Walters Cultural Arts Center and inside several businesses and galleries.

At the Walters, Christine Martell curates “Here Be Art!”

Borrowed from the medieval cartographers’ expression, “Here be dragons,” to warn explorers of yet-uncharted territory, “Here Be Art!” turns a positive light on the unknown, inviting explorers of the community to discover a world of local creativity and fine arts.

This exhibit unveils an exciting geography of Hillsboro artists and projects, emphasizing the ideas that arts is happening all around us.

Martell brings along her now-familiar purple robotic dinosaur, Artosaur, an interactive art project aimed at bringing visibility to the many forms of creativity at work in the community.

Hors d’oeuvres are provided by Claey’s Catering and singer/songwriter Chris Marshall will play during the reception.

Just down Main Street at Clark’s Bistro, Patricia Gifford opens her solo show.

Gifford, a Washington County artist, has been painting since 1965. She works in multiple mediums, primarily oil paintings and mixed media collages.

Gifford uses vibrant color combinations and often uses complementary colors in her artwork. She will display an array of floral paintings.

Entertaining during the opening reception is Austin, new Hillsboro resident who hails from Nashville, Tenn. He is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who plays indie folk music. Wine and snacks will be available.

A reception for John Cussick will be held at Summa Real Estate. Cussick says he was a thrill-seeking child with no boundaries and that stayed with him as he began his career of painting acrylic abstracts.

Cussick admits he was a heavy drinker in his 20s and 30s, but a car accident helped him find sobriety and along with it, an urgency to paint. His mind was full of countless images that he now releases in rage-filled abstract paintings with cheerfully bright contrasting colors.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Elijah Bryant and O.C.

The duo’s contrasting musical styles come together to form a cohesive blend of sound and an organic celebration of rock and roll.

At Colours on Third Avenue, Royce’s Wild Bunch will be exhibiting their art work. Featured artists include Royce Kugler, Katherine Ford, Carole Thalman, Mary McNeil, Tamara J. Hufford-Wong and Lori Boring.

Across the street Sequoia Gallery + Studios, meet the artists who took part in the Plein Air event.

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