Tualatin's ArtSplash to feature record number of artists
This year's annual ArtSplash Art Show and Sale is set for July 13-15 at Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg Street. The annual event showcases local artists' talents in watercolor, acrylics, photography, oil, jewelry, ceramics and more.
"This year we received more applications and have more participating artists in the history of the show," said Heidi Marx, an event specialist with the Tualatin Parks and Recreation Department. "There will also be more live music at ArtSplash this year."
Many of the new first-time ArtSplash artists are from Tigard and Tualatin, Marx noted.
They include Tualatin artists Jackie Root, drawing; Timothy Page, painting; and Gary Gorsuch, sculpture. Tigard artists include Kacie Schendel, drawing; Suzi Orth, painting; and Heather Wells and Kyle Kephart, photography.
Among the musical guest will be renowned Portland jazz pianist Tom Grant, who kicks off the event on Friday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. Other musicians include Tyler Stenson, an up-and-coming elegant folk singer/songwriter from Portland as well as Tualatin's own Elise Popma. They will play Saturday at 3:30 and 1 p.m., respectively.
A 16-year-old sophomore from Tualatin High School, Popma sings vocals on Ed Kopp's song 'Before My Time has Come,' a song that pays tribute to those who have lost their lives in recent school shootings throughout the nation. The song is featured on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and Sound Cloud. Popma has been performing since she was a little girl in the second grade.
The music continues on Saturday, July 14, at 6 p.m. with the talents of We Three, a sibling band out of McMinnville who recently appeared on ABC's "America's Got Talent." The pop-folk band played a tribute to their late mother who died of cancer two years previously. The judges gave the band favorable reviews and their performance moved both judge Mel B and host Tyra Banks to tears.
Saturday's events end at dusk (or 9 p.m.) with a "Movies on the Commons" screening of "Coco," a popular computer-animated fantasy film by Pixar Animation Studio.
Events conclude on Sunday, July 5, at 1 p.m. with a concert by New Horizons Big Band of Tualatin, which of course, features big band music. The band was formed from an idea in the summer of 2013 and is affiliated with the New Horizons music program, founded by Roy Ernst, professor emeritus at Eastman School of Music.