The themes of an art exhibit at the Civic Center are hope, freedom and resilience.

COURTESY PHOTO - Cactus Flower, by Roger Hatefi. New art at the Hillsboro Civic Center explores the the themes of hope, freedom and resilience.

Roger Hatefi — a Portland-based artist whose bright paintings explore nature's beauty as a powerful symbol — went up earlier this month at the Civic Center and will remain through the end of May. The public can view the work Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the gallery wall located just outside the Shirley Huffman Auditorium on the first floor.

From an eagle's struggle to break free from a cage to wild horses galloping in a meadow, Hatefi's landscapes and subjects exude the splendor and joy of being alive.

Hatefi, an immigrant from Iran, has had many obstacles to overcome in his life— obstacles that provide the core inspiration of his work and from which he draws his passion. He is devoted to using his work to make the world a better place for the future.

Hatefi paints primarily in acrylic on canvas, with an abstract style that aims to capture the world around us in an intimate and spiritual mode of reflection. Through his paintings, he shares his life, beliefs and passions. He celebrates his 82nd birthday ths year.

Hatefi's father was the first person to expose him to the world of art. He saw the great talent and passion his son had with pen and ink and nurtured it by arranging for a local artist to take him on as an apprentice in the studio.

Hatefi recalls joyful times he spent learning to see and interpret the infinite and unbounded details of nature's beauty. More recently, he became inspired to pursue his fine arts education at Portland State University and to make drawing and painting a fulltime vocation.

The Hillsboro Civic Center is located at 150 E. Main St.

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