Hillsboro's Edyta Salak wins Picture Hillsboro Purchase award
The 9th annual Picture Hillsboro Purchase award has a new winner.
Edyta Salak's "FALL in Love With Hillsboro" was chosen by the Picture Hillsboro selection committee in mid-February. With a stroke of impressionism, the mixed media painting shows a view of the Jackson Bottom Wetlands from the artist's back door.
"The selection committee was drawn to the vibrant colors in Salak's depiction of Jackson Bottom Wetlands," said Hillsboro's community arts program supervisor, Melissa Moore. "Hillsboro is a busy, growing city, but we are fortunate to have easy access to such beautiful natural spaces."
Salak painted her piece last year using acrylic paint, metallic silver leaf and sand.
"I have painted a part of Hillsboro that is near and dear to me," she said. "I am fortunate enough to have a view of the (wetlands), and (I) am greeted with some of the prettiest sights of nature, color and stunning sunsets."
Salak is a Hillsboro resident with more than 35 years of experience as an artist, creating paintings, murals and painted tiles, as well as surface and textile art.
She also has installations in many hospitals, shopping centers, businesses and private residences around the world, with art in places as far-flung as Tahiti and Poland. She shares her skills teaching private classes in her studio overlooking the scenic wetlands.
"Looking at the painting, the viewer can almost feel the warm, autumn sun," said Moore. "Salak's painting is both peaceful and energizing, just as nature can be."
In 2012, the competition started out as a way to offer unique gifts that represent Hillsboro during economic development trips abroad — something created by a member of the community that could be shared with foreign dignitaries, according to Hillsboro officials.
Now, the city purchases the original artwork from the winner, and it is added to Hillsboro's public art collection — although the artwork is still reproduced and presented as a gift when city officials travel throughout the world.
"The city values the role artists play in reflecting and enriching our community and understands that a thriving creative class is vital for a vibrant, livable community," said Moore.
For more information about Hillsboro's public art program, visit Hillsboro-oregon.gov/publicart.
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