The Picture Hillsboro selection committee has chosen Harley Talkington’s “Autumn Hints” as this year’s winner of the Picture Hillsboro Purchase Award. “Autumn Hints” will be purchased by the City and added to the Public Art Collection, to be displayed in City buildings for years to come. Selected out of over 70 submissions and twelve finalists, the piece is currently on display at the Hillsboro Civic Center through March 3, 2019, as part of the Picture Hillsboro Finalists exhibition.
Talkington’s “Autumn Hints” was painted late in 2018. The impressionistic work depicts, in soft pastel, the dappled surface of Dawson Creek, the Hillsboro School District building barely visible through the orange-flecked trees of the greenway. Talkington describes the view, tucked behind Brookwood Library, as “a beautiful place to muse.” In viewing the work, one member of the selection committee remarked that they felt they “could step right into the landscape.”
Residing in Aloha, Ore., Talkington has long been a self-professed “dabbler” in art, taking any excuse to pursue a creative project or hobby. In recent years, following his retirement from teaching at St. Rose School in Northeast Portland, Talkington has developed his painting practice, with oil and soft pastels as his preferred media. Talkington works largely from his own archive of landscape photographs and sometimes works en plein air, taking his work into the field to paint the landscape from direct observation. This is his first year submitting work for Picture Hillsboro. “Art has really opened my eyes to the glory that is all around us,” says Talkington. “The paintings I did of Hillsboro only reinforce my conviction that this place—this quiet, special area—is a treasure trove for beauty!”
Inaugurated in 2012, the Picture Hillsboro Purchase Award has added eight original works of art by local artists to the City’s Public Art collection. Archival reproductions of the winning artwork are presented as official gifts to visiting dignitaries and in official City travel throughout the world. In designating artwork as an official gift, the City emphasizes the pride it places in its creative community.
Hillsboro Public Art is a program of the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department. More information about Hillsboro’s Public Art Program can be found at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/publicart.
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Cultural Arts is a division of the City of Hillsboro’s Parks & Recreation Department. For more information about Cultural Arts, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/CulturalArts.