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Creative Industry Networking

Connect with the local creative community at networking events for people interested in arts, culture, heritage, humanities and the creative industries in Washington County.

Join us to mingle with working artists, nonprofit leaders, small business owners, public officials and more. Suggested $10.00 at the door. Please RSVP so we know you are coming.

Upcoming Events

In-Person Networking: Craft Makers


Date: Wednesday July 21, 2021

Time: 5-6pm PST

Cost: Free

Location: BG’s Food Cartel, 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005

Co-hosts: Jayne Dahl, owner of Lucy Anne Smiles Designs

Co-hosts: Donna Sanson, owner of Art In The Village Gallery

Description: This networking event is designed to be a casual way for local craft makers and artisans to connect. This month we’re teaming up with jewelry artist Jayne Dahl and gallery owner Donna Sanson to discuss what business looks like for craft makers this summer and beyond.

Join us to mingle with other working artists and small business owners. Please RSVP so we know you are coming.

Jayne Dahl

Jayne Dahl is an artist and the owner of Lucy Anne Smiles Designs. She designs and creates original jewelry pieces by repurposing vintage and unique finds from around the world. She studied Art in college while designing/selling jewelry and clothing. She loves to travel and her adventures around the globe allowed her to collect beautiful fabrics, stones, beads, crystals and more. She uses these treasures in combination with vintage pieces creating new and unique jewelry fashion designs and meditation pieces. Each piece is original and one of a kind, inspired by places and people around the world. They each have a unique story to share.


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Donna Sanson

I grew up with an aunt who was a professional artist, and was chosen by my third-grade teacher to attend special art classes at Carnegie Museum in my hometown of Pittsburgh PA. I continued to attend these Saturday morning classes through my high school years. Later, while living in Wichita Falls, Texas, and while my children were in school, I continued my quest for a fine art degree at Midwestern State University under the encouraging instruction of Richard Ash and Liz Yarosz. My life soon led me to the Bay Area of San Francisco with opportunities galore to participate in the art community. I attended monotype classes at Palo Alto Art League, became gallery director at Fremont Art Association, formed an exhibiting group of artist friends into Artists 7, became a member of Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park, and began teaching drawing and watercolor in private classes and through the Fremont Adult School. I attended a painting workshop at La Romita School of Art in Umbria Italy taught by Carol Maddox and have continued taking workshops over the years – Claire Verbiest, John Salminen, Elio Camacho, Mitch Baird, Yong Hong Zhong, and Michael Lindstrom.


When my husband retired, we moved to Beaverton, Oregon to begin a new adventure in a part of the country new to us and which filled most of the items on our bucket list. I met a group of wonderful area artists while participating in Portland Open Studios and the seeds were planted to open a fine art gallery for my Beaverton community and the talented artists in and around my new home. Art On Broadway Gallery officially opened in October, 2009, and I remained as its leader until March of 2018.  I then spent ten weeks traveling through France and Italy, painting at my leisure, and thinking about what to do next. Within the last seven weeks I rented space in a building in Multnomah Village filled with artists’ working studios, and on October 4 I opened Art In The Village gallery featuring original artwork by twenty accomplished artists.


No matter where I find myself, my connection to art has been instructive, challenging, supportive, and joyous!


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After Hours Networking at TVC’s Musical Bench

Hosted by Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber

Date: Thursday July 22, 2021

Time: 5:30-6:30pm PST

Cost: Free

Location: TVC’s Musical Bench at the corner of A Street and 21st Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Co-host: Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber and Tualatin Valley Creates

Description: Come enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and beverage, and mingle with local arts and entertainment enthusiasts. This evening network event is hosted by the Chamber and sponsored by Tualatin Valley Creates.


June 28, 2021 “Public Art Administrators,” co-hosted with Liora Sponko from Oregon Arts Commission.

May 26, 2021 “Nonprofit Board Members,” co-hosted with Gregory Garabedian from Tualatin Valley Creates.

April 21, 2021 “Theatre Conversations,” co-hosted with Cassie Greer from Bag&Baggage Productions.

March 24, 2021 “Teaching Artists,” co-hosted with Tony Fuemmeler from Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington

February 24, 2021 “Independent Consulting in Arts and Culture,” co-hosted with George Thorne, co-founder of Arts Action Research.



November 12, 2020 “Literary Artists!” for the region’s writers, co-hosted with Airlie Press.

October 21, 2020 “Volunteers for the Arts” brought together volunteers in the community with co-host Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

September 23, 2020 “Developing a Diverse Creative Community” invited local creatives of all disciplines to discuss building and sustaining a more diverse arts ecosystem, co-hosted with Partners in Diversity

August 19, 2020 “Visualizing Art Online” for the region’s visual artists and galleries, co-hosted with Blackfish Gallery

July 15, 2020 Virtual “Theatre Conversations” for the region’s performing artists and venues, co-hosted with Sherwood Center for the Arts

June 17, 2020 Virtual Live-Stream with the Tigard Outdoor Museum Artists


Even further back…

September 23, 2018 at BG Food Cartel in Beaverton
July 23, 2018 at Fanno Creek Brewpub in Tigard
May 16, 2018 at Coyote’s Bar & Grill in Hillsboro
March 21, 2018 at Golden Valley Brewery in Beaverton
December 4, 2017 at La Fuente Taqueria in Tigard
July 27, 2017 at Ridgewalker Brewing Company in Forest Grove
May 25, 2017 at The 649 Tap House and Bottle Shop in Aloha
March 30, 2017 at Twig’s Bistro and Martini Bar in Tigard
January 28, 2017 at Clark’s Bistro and Pub in Hillsboro
October 27, 2016 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Beaverton
July 28, 2016 at 503 Uncorked in Sherwood
May 26, 2016 at Java Lounge in Cedar Mill
March 31, 2016 at Urban Decanter in Forest Grove
January 29, 2016 at Tapphoria in Tigard
November 16, 2015 at Orenco Taphouse in Hillsboro
September 24, 2015 at New Seasons Market Progress Ridge in Beaverton
May 21, 2015 at 1910 Main in Forest Grove
March 19, 2015 at Primrose and Tumbleweeds in Hillsboro
January 29, 2015 at Bethany Public House in Bethany
November 17, 2014 at Lakeside Bistro in Tualatin
September 25, 2014 at Golden Valley Brewery in Beaverton
April 24, 2014 at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove
January 30, 2014 at Max’s Fanno Creek Brewpub in Tigard
September 26, 2013 at Golden Valley Brewery in Beaverton

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