It's a new month and that means it's time to take in some new art offerings at local galleries.
Hillsboro's First Tuesday Art Walk gallery openings are set for Aug. 1, with food, drink, music and artist receptions.
At the Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., panels from The Frida Project will be on display.
In the spirit of cross-cultural understanding and collaboration between Latin American and Caucasian communities in Hillsboro, the Frida Project brought together a group of Hillsboro artists last summer whose multiple perspectives explore themes of intersecting identities and cultures.
Together, these artists created a collection of mural panels that reflect the powerful legacy of the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and explore possibilities for how her work and ideas might relate to the Willamette Valley.
An artists' reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with live music by Austin Randle. The Frida Project panels will be on display through Sept. 25.
Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 S.E. Third Ave., will feature the art of Leo Brew and Jane Vanderzanden.
Brew presents "Majesty of the Cat," acrylic paintings of felines, wild and domestic, while Vanderzanden's black scratchboard drawings display wildlife and nature.
A reception will be held on First Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Vanderzanden's focus for her August show is on her scratchboard drawings. Starting with a sheet of black scratchboard, she uses various instruments to scratch out fine details of light from beneath the black surface. She says this medium lends itself well to creating the form and textures of wildlife and nature.
Her inspiration comes from her first-hand observations while hiking and trail riding through the wilderness. Vanderzanden shows her artwork at various venues throughout the Northwest.
Brew's devotion to capturing the grandeur of wildlife in her paintings was first nurtured with trips to the zoo as a child with her father. She continues to visit zoos and wildlife sanctuaries regularly, where she observes, gains reference materials, bonds with precious wildlife families, and joins in the solace of these sanctuaries. Many new works presented in her exhibition are a result of a full year of study and concentrated effort.
"In my communion with wild animals, I have long felt their equality with humans, and abhor the notion that humans are inherently superior to these grand living beings. They feel every emotion that humans do: pleasure and pain, hardship and joy, parenting and family bonds, stress and repose," Brew said.
"I try to capture the personality and dignity of these creatures, much as a portrait painter attempts to capture not just a likeness, but the essence of the individual. Once I achieve a distinctive gleam in their eyes I feel a rush of accomplishment and I know I've turned another corner in my painting process," she added.
Featured artist at Weichert Realtors, 231 E. Main St., is Kate Ampersand.
This collection of images is entitled "Surfacing: One Photographer's Aquatic Visions." This series includes both classic scenic compositions involving water in its many forms, as well as several images from her latest artistic project, in which she captures abstract perspectives on wave movement and form.
Entertaining at the opening reception will be Lalo Danza and his group, playing Mezzo American music.
At Clark's Bistro, 264 E. Main St., Froest Grove artist Helvi Smith's will be on display.
Being a self-taught artist means she has no rules and no fear of making mistakes. She loves a challenge and painting everyday provides lots of wonderful obstacles.
Midcentury artists are her inspirations with big, bold fearless strokes or spills or splashes of paint. People most often say her art makes them happy. "I tell them I am so happy," Smith said, "when I am creating my paintings it naturally spills out of the artworks." Ivan Comacho will provide musical entertainment.
For more on participating First Tuesday Art Walk galleries and businesses, visit www.hillsborodowntown.com.