As part of Hillsboro’s First Tuesday Art Walk on July 3, 5 – 8 pm, the Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro) will host the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment’s Artist-in-Our-Community, Dawning McGinnis, in the first of a series of participatory painting workshops.
McGinnis was selected by the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment committee as an Artist-in-Our-Community and will work to create an inclusive community-based art project. In the first of many sessions to be held throughout Hillsboro, McGinnis will be working with participants in a drop-in painting workshop. McGinnis will lead visitors of all experience levels in creating postcard-sized paintings, which will become part of a large community installation to be displayed at the Walters in October 2018.
Additionally, visitors to the Walters may view the continuing exhibition The Flora and Fauna of Jackson Bottom, featuring work by 11 artists from Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). With the help and guidance of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation staff, these artists have spent the past year illustrating the flora and fauna of Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in an effort to foster greater understanding and appreciation for this thriving resource. Exhibiting artists Kris Kirkeby and Nora Sherwood will hold demonstrations of their working techniques from 5 – 8 pm.
Throughout the evening, arts and culture activities for all ages will take place throughout the building, including: musician Christopher Woitach with a solo jazz guitar performance in the lobby; an artisan pop-up shop featuring prints by the GNSI, found object jewelry by Vicki Szukalla, and jewelry and gemstones from the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals; art-making activities for the whole family led by Walters’ staff, including an all-ages wildlife coloring activity and an opportunity to make a whimsical bird-feeder to take home; and a special geology display of petrified wood curated by the Rice Museum. At 7 pm, join us for a bird-watching session led by naturalist and Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Nature Program Supervisor Steve Engel. Complimentary refreshments will be provided, including light sweets from our sponsor, Decadent Creations. All are invited to attend this free public event.
The First Tuesday Art Walk is free, open to the public, and takes place on the first Tuesday of every month throughout Downtown Hillsboro from 5 – 8 pm. Parking can be accessed from either Fifth or Sixth Avenues, and the Walters is conveniently located just two blocks off the MAX Blue line. For more information call 503-615-3485 or visit www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Walters.