Take a walk and immerse yourself in art and music during the First Tuesday Art Walk in downtown Hillsboro. The first art walk of the summer is slated for Tuesday, June 6. In Forest Grove, celebrate new art on First Wednesday, June 7.
Art galleries and businesses in the downtown area stay open late, hosting artist receptions and musical entertainment, as well as food and beverages.
Art Walk happens from 5 to 8 p.m. and is a free, family friendly event.
At the Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro artist Jeff Jurrens showcases large, bright, coloful paintings in his show, "Color and Shape."
Following in the tradition of Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, the pioneers of color field painting, Jurrens creates large works of texture and color.
Having served the community for decades working as a firefighter, Jurrens was Hillsboro's fire marshal before retiring in 2005 and starting his career as a visual artist.
"Being untrained it took (and is still taking) a long time to develop a vocabulary, establish control over what I was doing, and create paintings that are whole, complete, and reflect what I really want them to look like," Jurrens says in his artist's statement. "I like physical action in the process and am not afraid of chance, but in the end the painting has to appear as if it was the only possible outcome. If it doesn't then I have to keep going."
Jurrens' paintings encounter the viewer without the pretense of being anything other than what they are — "Color and Shape" — pure and impressive.
A gallery opening and reception for Jurrens will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Walters, 527 E. Main St.
Singer and songwriter — and local gallery owner — Catherine Bede will perform, with sweet treats from Decadent Creations.
"Color and Shape" runs through July 24.
Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 S.E. Third Ave., will feature three artists during the month of June.
Lieta Gratteri will showcase her Oregon Coast watercolors.
Gratteri displays her work in various venues around town including coffee shops, restaurants and markets. She has also shown her work at the Washington County Museum, the Hillsboro Library, and has participated in the annual Washington County Open Studio tours.
Claire Duren will display her oil paintings and sketches at Sequoia and Cheryl Cameron showcases her painted silks.
"My approach to painting is instinctive and is fueled by connection with nature, music, instinct, spirituality," Cameron says in her artist's statement. "Silk painting lends itself well to the intuitive. You can't erase anything, so you have to move forward freehand and trust the process."
She paints wall art, scarves, necklaces and altar cloths.
For more on Cameron, visit www.cygnetsilks.com.
Sequoia's Tuesday Art Walk reception will also include works by 30 additional artists, and 13 on-site studios will be open from 5 to 8 p.m.
Additional businesses taking part in the Art Walk are Clark's Bistro and Pub, Insomnia Coffee, McNally's Taproom, Paradise Coral, Pizzario, Colours Art, Weichert's Realtors, Artfull Garden and Primrose & Tumbleweeds.
For more information, visit www.hillsborodowntown.com.
Last month's Art Walk in Forest Grove may not have enjoyed as much traffic as the last two, but it still offered the chance to explore the downtown area's businesses and engage with some great pieces from the local scene.
City Club of Forest Grove President Linda Lewis, the artists and the venues that are featuring them are already preparing for the next walk, which falls on Wednesday, June 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"It takes a couple of years for these kinds of things to get up and running," said Lewis. "We'll definitely keep it going."
Spots like Linda's Re-Creations (a shop that Lewis owns), Bites restaurant, and more are once again providing spots for artists to display their work for the month.
Jullane Rich, who was instrumental in setting up the First Tuesday art walk in Hillsboro, will again be a part of Forest Grove's event, this time, in Linda's Re-Creations, with watercolor art.
Lewis will be pouring wine from a local winery.
Mary Jo Morelli of Friends of Historic Forest Grove, will again be heading a few tours of downtown Forest Grove throughout the evening for any history buffs, or those just interested in the fascinating timelines of the area. The tours will be starting throughout the evening at Corner Antiques and Collectibles.
"I'm hoping that it will pick up steam over the summer, definitely in October when the farmers market ends," said Lewis.