Monthly First Tuesday event features unveiling of public art sculpture on Main Street.

COURTESY PHOTO - Linda Jerome's study of the human-horse connection shows at Sequoia Gallery.From impressionistic portraits to animal portraits, art lovers can see it all in downtown Hillsboro during February's First Tuesday Art Walk, set for Feb. 7.

Galleries and businesses stay open late the first Tuesday of each month to host receptions for artists displaying their work.

Here's a rundown of a few participating locations:

  • Sequoia Gallery+Studios — 136 S.E. Third Ave.

    Lee Smith and Linda Gerome are February's featured artists.

    Smith's art is a combination of abstract and contemporary mixed-media. Her bold use of color, strong contrasts and richly varied texture make her paintings seem to glow. 

    Fascinated by the basalt cliffs found throughout the Pacific Northwest, Smith explores their rugged beauty in a textural and abstract manner, inviting viewers to find a unique connection and share her passion with the color and narrative of her work.

    Smith has been a graphic artist, a technical illustrator, an art director and a corporate workaholic, but now works fulltime in her studio.

    Jerome currently paints in oil on hardboard panels, which offer her versatility for manipulating surface texture. To convey a certain mood, she often sands the panel surface to erase parts of the painting, or scrapes down semi-dry areas to alter the texture.

    Her current series of paintings is about horses. Having grown up in a rural Indiana, her art aims to offer a glimpse of horse-human relationships, emphasizing the horses' qualities of strength, beauty, intelligence and spirit.

    Sequoia's reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Weichert Realtors — 231 E. Main St.

    Hillsboro artist Madisella Gonzalez's work will be featured during February.

    COURTESY PHOTO - Hillsboro artist Madisella Gonzalez will show her work at Weichert Realtors during the month of February.Born in Silverton, Gonzalez is a self-taught artist, experimenting with several mediums including watercolor, pastels, ink and acrylics. Pencil is her preferred medium. Everyday life is her main source of inspiration. Gonzalez is one of 30 artists chosen to be in the first "Art in the Rose Garden Exhibit," and participated again in 2016 and 2017. She has also shown her art in local businesses such as New Seasons Market and as "Artist of the Week" at Tuesday Night Market.

    Carson Hammerland and Austin Whittle — The Hellcat Crooners — will provide musical entertaiment during the reception. This duo has performed together for the last 10 years, delivering a mix of classic covers and originals spanning '50's rock and roll, modern folk, outlaw country and everything in between. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. The reception runs 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Clarks' Bistro and Pub — 264 E. Main St.

    A chiropractic physician from Hillsboro, Dan Wright's photography will be on display during February.

    His favorite creative pursuit among many others, Wright's photography subjects include landscapes, patterns found in nature, floral close-up studies and more recently, animal portraits.

    Since he has a rural home and a wife who loves to befriend their animal neighbors, he has built up a collection of animal portraits with an intimate quality through closeness and eye contact with the subject.

    Wine and samples from Clark's menu will be available, as well as musical entertainment by Eldorado Gene, playing a variety of Beatles classics, blues and rock standards and originals.

    The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Walters Cultural Arts Center — 526 E. Main St.

    The Walters welcomes artists Una Kim and Jason Kappus.

    In the upstairs gallery is Kim's "Not Spoken." This solo exhibit from Kim, an international artist, muralist and Portland State University professor, presents intimate and impressionistic portraits of faces whose eyes and mouths are occluded or shut, looking inward or suppressed, in a quiet dance of interiority and silence.

    Kappus's "Laughter" shows in the downstairs gallery.

    Capturing different faces in the midst of laughter, his collection finds personality and subtle depth in unconcealed moments. These joyful portraits celebrate mirth and seek to inspire onlookers with the natural contagion of laughter.COURTESY PHOTO - Jason Kappus will show 'Laughter' at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

    Kappus used Hillsboro census data to represent the diversity of age, gender and ethnicity in his portraits. "Laughter" is an egalitarian statement that all humans are equally capable and deserving of happiness.

    Kyndel Dollison plays live music during the reception, which runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Special event — 4th Avenue and Main St.

    Hillsboro's Public Art program will unveil a sculpture at the corner of Fourth and Main streets in downtown during the Art Walk.

    The public is invited to attend the unveiling, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., starting at the corner of Fourth and Main and moving to a reception at Primrose and Tumbleweeds, 248 E. Main St.

    Vancouver, Wash. artist Sharon Agnor's "Walking Warrior" will be displayed through January 2019. The piece is made of stainless steel, bronze, cast glass and copper leaf and was inspired by the artist's battle with breast cancer.

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