More locations added to Forest Grove art walk after a successful debut last month.

COURTESY PHOTO - Brenda Schaffer will be the featured artist at Forest Groves A Framers Touch in May. This photo is called 'Alone in a Crowd.'Last month's first Art Walk in Forest Grove kicked off to give people in the area a chance to explore the downtown area's businesses and engage with some great pieces from the local scene.

With that event being a successful venture, City Club of Forest Grove President Linda Lewis is preparing for the next walk, which falls on Wednesday, May 3.

"The first time went very well, there were a lot of people on the street," she said. "People were coming up to me and saying 'This is what Forest Grove needs.'"

Spots like Linda's Re-creations (a shop that Lewis owns), Bites and others joined in in providing spots for artists to put their work up in. While the event was only a couple hours long, the pieces remained in their respective areas all month long for patrons to see.

The second art walk will bring more artists and a couple of new businesses into the mix. This time around, Hidden Closet will be joining the fold, hosting the art of Amy Stinnett, an artist who works with charcoal. Kathy Ellis, a local watercolor painter, will set up shop in Valley Art. Another watercolor artist, 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 Bites.

Brenda Schaffer, a longtime photographer with more than 30 years of playful picture-taking experience, will have her work posted up at A Framer's Touch. She enjoys taking her time to tell a story with each photo, letting moments speak to her like having a conversation with an old friend. Schaffer's works are printed on metallic paper or aluminum.

This upcoming art walk will even feature a taste of wine from Montinore Estate.

Although she doesn't know exactly how many people showed up because of the nature of the in-and-out event spanning several businesses, Lewis is convinced the town has a winner on its hands.

"I'm really excited for the future of this thing," she said. "We've been getting amazing feedback and it's great to see people out and about."

Mary Jo Morelli, the former president of Friends of Historic Forest Grove, will also 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.

Lewis' goal every month is to get more and more businesses to participate — the biggest challenge comes about because of timing. The art walks are set to go from 5 to 8 p.m., but since most businesses close at around 5 p.m., if they wish to participate need to keep their doors open later. So far, the businesses she's approached have not declined.

"I've been talking to more and more spots, because I want this thing to be year-round, not just a set part of the year, like the farmers market," Lewis said. "My job is to make events that will bring more and more people downtown, to shed some light on the artists and the businesses that downtown offers."

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