Monday, August 31, 2015

October 2015 - Our 5 Year Anniversary Will Be Here Soon;

Plans are underway for the 5-year anniversary of Art On Broadway Gallery in historic downtown Beaverton. We have made it through some very tough economic times and had to adapt to a number of unexpected changes - but we have survived and we want to celebrate the ups and the downs of our journey so far. The "ups" because those times make us happy (and help to keep us in business) and the "downs" because those times challenge us to be stronger, more inventive, and better problem-solvers than we were before.

We plan to pop some champagne and nibble on great hors d'oeuvres,  plus invite all the member artists who shared our space and vision over the years to exhibit a piece of their latest artwork at the reception.

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, October 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., and watch for future updates!

"Fragments" by Peggy Harkins - Featured September Exhibit

Look for a fabulous featured show in the main gallery when "Fragments" opens up on September 2. Peggy Harkins will exhibit her beautifully crafted wooden art objects, all sculpted, carved, and painted by hand. 

Peggy's creative life began with fabric, and fabric still plays a major role in the inspiration for the color and design patterns that cover the surfaces of her creations.  Whether the finished piece of art is a purse, a box, a tray, a mirror, a "rug," fabric designs from all over the world have influenced Peggy's choices for the surface of the wood that she carves. Her designs and shapes are sensitive to the history and aesthetics of different cultures and their appeal is universal.

Wooden Box with Lid by Peggy Harkins

 Wooden Rugs by Peggy Harkins

"Fragments" opens on September 2 and continues through October 3. Please help us celebrate the talent and dedication of this highly talented artist at a reception on Saturday, September 12, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Let Peggy tell you about her process and the journey that brought her to this high level of quality artwork. 

First Friday - September 4, 2015

September 4 is the final First Friday of the 2015 season. We invite you to visit the historic downtown district of Beaverton and enjoy the live music at three locations, the variety of street vendors, the special promotions by store owners, the free Party Bus that offers hop on/hop off service, and the opportunity to dine at one of the many restaurants in our area. Broadway will be closed to through traffic starting at 4 p.m. but there are several public lots nearby with free parking. The farmers market lot off 3rd Street accommodates a lot of vehicles and the Party Bus stops at 3rd and Washington if you don't feel like an evening stroll.

Art On Broadway will once again offer our Silent Auction - a chance to buy original artwork at great savings. Jewelry items by Bert Cohen, paintings by Donna Sanson, and wooden sculptures by Peggy Harkins are just some of the works included. The gallery remains open until 9 p.m. The auction closes at 8:30 p.m. Come by and place a bid!

The Streetscape Project is nearing completion with trees in place and the brick plaza area already being used for seating and outdoor dining. Thai High 5, Gloria's Secret Cafe, and Chuck's Substation have set out cafe tables and chairs and businesses are lining the street with greenery and flowering plants. The transformation offers a pleasant space to sit, stroll, shop, dine - and on First Fridays enjoy the live musical performances.

In addition to the new businesses in the Holland Plaza Center - Tulen Center for martial arts and self defense, and Moontalla's gifts and accessories - two other businesses have opened this summer. Be sure to check out Ambrosia Boutique at Farmington and Angel; owner Brenda Currier would love to show you the gently used "wears" and "wares" her store has to offer. At the corner of 1st and Main discover the newest health and beauty salons in the downtown - Tamara Sullivan recently opened Dulcederm at 12825 SW 1st Street and shares the space with building mate, Breathe Bodywork. Stop by all these businesses on First Friday and make their owners feel welcome.

The new sidewalk in front of Art On Broadway

New Look at Gloria's Secret Cafe

Three Artists Join Art On Broadway

We are proud to announce the addition of three artists to our group at AOB. Starting in September, Mary Burgess, Virginia Parks, and Wendy Robinson will share their creations along with the rest of the gang. Each brings their own style and medium to the gallery; you can see their work starting on September 2 when the new exhibit opens. In the meantime, let me briefly introduce them:

Mary Burgess works in watercolor, acrylic, and paper media. She lives in Lake Oswego and taught art at David Douglas High School for 15 years. She is a member of Lake Area Artists and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Mary participated in the Spring Guest Boutique at the gallery where she offered hand painted Ukrainian eggs, artist's journals & handmade cards, plus wonderful watercolor paintings.

If you're a fan of watercolors, you could find yourself  spending a lot of time at the gallery enjoying Mary's work.

Virginia Parks lives in Tigard, is an archaeologist by day, and loves to paint with encaustics (beeswax, pigment, and Damar Resin). She was drawn to encaustics by its antiquity. Beeswax was originally used by shipbuilders to waterproof ships in ancient Greece. Today it has experienced a resurgence as an exciting art medium. Virginia says she embraces encaustic painting for both its unpredictability and its adaptability.

She is a member of the International Encaustic Artists of Oregon and exhibited at Art On Broadway in several of our Guest Shows.

Wendy Robinson "enjoys creating," and her creations are pieces of jewelry from fiber, fabric and beads. Like Virginia, Wendy has a full time job but has filled her "free time" this year as Volunteerism Chair for Portland Open Studios in addition to creating artwork.

Since I don't have a photo of Wendy at present, I'm introducing her through an image of one of her necklaces. Wendy says her pieces are crafted through a process of spontaneity and chance - an internal process of exploring possibilities based on choice of materials. "Every finished piece is a visual story of texture, color and form."

Wendy is the fourth jewelry designer to become a part of Art On Broadway gallery.

A warm welcome to Mary, Virginia, and Wendy

Watercolor by Mary Burgess
Mary Burgess Art's photo.

"Red  Balloon," Encaustic by Virginia Parks

Felted Fabric Necklace & Earrings by Wendy Robinson

Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Sneak Peek" - Preview of Artwork by Washington County Artists

Thirty five artists and two galleries throughout Washington County will participate in this year's Washington County Open Studio Tour on October 17 and 18. Art On Broadway is one of the two galleries and will host "Sneak Peek," a preview of the tour on our Guest Wall during the month of September.

A grant from the Beaverton Arts Commission helped us sponsor this exhibit which opens on Wednesday, September 2, and continues through Saturday, October 3. There will be a public reception on Saturday, September 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the artists and their work. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served.

Catalogs will be available at the gallery starting the evening of September 12. The catalogs are free and contain images, directions, and information on each of the participating artists, as well as general information about the tour.

A peek of the "Sneak Peek" is show here...

Photography by Portland Artist, Chris Goldthorpe 

Kiln-formed Glass by Hillsboro Artist, Joann Wellner

 Recycled Acrylic House Paint Art by Forest Grove Artist, Helvi Smith

 Woven Fabric Art by Beaverton Artist, Peg Sillaway

Mixed Media Art by Hillsboro Artist, Barbara Martin

Other artists participating in the Sneak Peek are Darla Boljat, Sierra Briano, Michele Bufton, Peg Falconer, Evelyn Fritz, Susan Gallagher-Turner, Linda Gerrard, Marj Greenhut, Lori Hicke, Patti Isaacs, Denise McDonald, Angela Neiwert, JoAnn Pari-Mueller, Lorraine Pascuzzi, Ana Quinn, Jo Reimer, Jewel Starz, and Emma Weber. Two of AOB's member artists will also have work in this exhibit - Pam Nichols and Virginia Parks. Works in paper, clay, glass, fabric, silk, collage, encaustic, acrylic, etc. will be shown.

This should be a great preview for a wonderful studio tour in October. Be sure to stop by!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August First Friday - August 8

Our popular Silent Auction returns in August for First Friday only. The auction starts at 5 and ends at 8:30 p.m. Our artists have a selection of wonderful pieces of original artwork with the bidding starting at highly reduced prices. Their hope is that there will be lots of bidding on their work and it will end up selling for close to its value price. Original paintings, jewelry, and hand-dyed scarves are among the offerings. Bidding ends at 8:30 and the person with the highest bid wins the item. Many times the artwork sells at opening bid prices or close to open bid prices. It's fun and a way to purchase original artwork at a real savings.

Special promotions by other downtown businesses include $1 ice cream cones at the Sub Station, beer garden and barbecue at Broadway Saloon/Bootleggers, 20% discount storewide at The Vault Vintage Clothing Store, wine tasting at Rose City Modern, fresh floral bouquets at Beaverton Florists, drawing for lunch and a "Picking Experience" with the owner of Peonies & Possibilities, and 10% off any rental or purchase of merchandise from Costume Avenue during First Friday.

The Tulen Center will celebrate its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. in front of their business in the Holland Shopping Center at the intersection of East and SW Broadway. They will offer martial arts demos on the hour and half hour throughout the evening

There will be four bands sponsored by the Beaverton Downtown Association - Rich Layton & The Troublemakers will perform Cajun music on Broadway at West Street; Power Pep will offer rock & roll at Angel & 1st; Suzanne Calloway & Two Spirit Jazz will perform at 2nd and Watson, and Zack Bryson will entertain with country music at Beaverton Bakery

Take the free "Party Bus" to get around to all the happenings at First Friday - hop on and hop off at any one of five stops. Plan to eat at one of Portland's favorite food trucks, Grilled Cheese Grill; then grab a snow cone at Beaverton Florists as a cool and refreshing finish to the evening.

Come on out and eat, drink, dance, shop - and check out the progress on the new construction taking place on Broadway. Lots to enjoy!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August Summer Group Show

Several times a year, we exhibit the works of all our member artists on the featured walls of the main gallery - August is one of those times. Come by and see what everyone has been up to and how the work all comes together.

The member show will officially open on Wednesday, August 5, and continue through Saturday, August 29. Our reception to celebrate this latest installation is Saturday, August 8, from 6-9 p.m. No matter what size or shape of artwork you're looking for, you should be able to find something in this collection.

Sam Hingston's brand new Jellyfish Series #4 is one of the featured pieces in this exhibit. 
Be sure to find out if you're as tall as #4 - 70" in height. It's amazing!

Above The Beach, Arcadia State Wayside, 9"x18" brand new Pastel by Gretha Lindwood.
This is such a soothing, relaxing painting. Perfect for a bedroom or quiet area of your home. 

Guest Show is Installed & Ready for Visitors

Fifteen artists from Painters Showcase group delivered their paintings this morning to Art On Broadway and Kris Paul helped me hang the work. It's a lovely display of a variety of media by these talented ladies. Gallery hours are 11 to 6 Tuesdays through Saturdays, with an Artists Reception on Saturday, August 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. This exhibit is a preview to the group's big September show at the Reserve Golf Club in Aloha.

The preview will also be featured on First Friday, August 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. Check out the opportunity to purchase original artwork by our member artists at the same time during the Silent Auction promotion we offer during First Fridays. Starting bids are often very low and you can get some incredible deals if the bidding goes your way.

Photos of the Guest Wall artwork are shown below. Stop and see the exhibit in person.