BEAVERTON, Ore. – The City of Beaverton’s arts program is showcasing works at several locations through June 30, including The Beaverton Building, Beaverton City Library main location, Murray Scholls Branch Library, Providence St. Vincent Hospital, Cedar Hills Recreation Center, Progress Ridge New Seasons, Bogza Coffee, and the Artisan Salon. All artwork included is for sale.
THE BEAVERTON BUILDING
The Beaverton Building (12725 SW Millikan Way) features works by several artists. Members of the public can view works during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured artists:
First Floor and Council Chambers: David Dickerson
David Dickerson works as a Critical Care Registered Nurse, and currently lives in Portland with his yellow lab, Joshua. Growing up in the Appalachians, Dickerson did not have much cultural exposure, so traveling has been instrumental in his personal growth. As Dickerson started to travel seven years ago, he started to see change, both as a person and as a photographer. Photography gave him a way of connecting with people even though they spoke a different language and lived in other parts of the world. He learned that inside, we are more alike than different. As a photographer, he focuses on capturing the human spirit.
Fourth Floor: Margaret Carol
Margaret Carol is a retired college professor. She has focused on art in her retirement and has specialized in printmaking. Carol has won Best in Show at the Oregon State Fair, and was one of several winners in a senior art contest in Beaverton and has shown her work at the Art on Broadway Gallery. She has been taking art classes for the past seven years at Portland State University and Portland Community College.
Fifth Floor: Angela Grainger
Angela Grainger is an award winning watercolorist and instructor. Former President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, member of the Painters Showcase, Lake Area Artists and on the board for the Oregon Society of Artists, Grainger’s paintings have been awarded five People’s Choice Awards for their choice of best in the show. She has also received many additional awards in juried shows including first, third, fourth, Honorable Mentions and Awards of Distinction. Her work derives its inspiration from the magic and wonders of nature. She is drawn to see and focus on what might not be seen or noticed. Under Gene Flores, acclaimed Portland artist, Grainger began to understand the importance of not suppressing what comes from within. Her current explorations are in the discovery of how elements of nature and texture react in watercolor to leave beautiful patterns and surprises. Grainger’s hope is that the viewer will walk away from seeing her work with a new vision and perhaps wonder, how does she do that?
BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY MAIN AND MURRAY SCHOLLS
The Beaverton City Main Library (12375 SW Fifth St) and the Beaverton City Branch Library (11200 SW Murray Scholls Pl) feature works by several artists. Members of the public can view works during library operating hours. All artwork included in this show is for sale. Featured artists:
Main: Alan Weider
Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For Alan Weider, street photography began over 35 years ago in Columbus, Ohio. Since that time he has taken photographs in Asia, Africa, Europe, and throughout the Americas. Most of this work has been near his homes in South Carolina, Cape Town, and Portland. Weider will host an artist talk at the library on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
Many years ago, Lola Rodriguez wrote “Two Wings of the Same Bird”:
Cuba y Puerto Rico son/de un pájaro las dos alas,/reciben flores o balas/sobre el mismo corazón...
(Cuba and Puerto Rico are/As Two wings of the same bird,/They receive flowers and bullets/Into the same heart…)
Rodriguez grew up in Puerto Rico but lived part of her life in Cuba. Weider was privileged to photograph in both countries this past year. While they have parallel histories and there continues to be mutual individual admiration, the countries paths separated in 1959. And today the countries are “Separate Wings of the Same Bird.” For Weider, Cuba lives in color and Puerto Rico in black & white—thus street life differs, both in photographs and in spirit.
Murray Scholls: Najwa Omar
Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday to Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Baghdad, Iraq is where Najwa Alghabban was raised and where she graduated with a Masters degree in Accounting. During her career in Dubai, she often imagined living in an area that would accommodate her longing to hike amongst trees, mountains and water. She made that thought a reality in 2012 by immigrating to the US. She now resides in Beaverton, Oregon and enjoys hiking and camping. Having a connection with the earth through wood and stone, but also wanting to convey emotion through a subject with a heartbeat is the thrust behind much of her art. Her "paintings" include three distinct styles: 1) acrylic and oil on canvas 2) wood burning and sculpturing of plywood 3) acrylic painting on glass that emulates either stained glass or polished stone like granite and marble.
OTHER LOCATIONS: Display Schedule Varies
The Beaverton Arts Commission also has revolving art exhibits at Cedar Hills Recreation Center (11640 SW Park Way), Progress Ridge New Seasons (14805 SW Barrows Road), Bogza Coffee (12600 SW Crescent St., #100), and the Artisan Salon (4430 SW Lombard Avenue). For more information, contact Kourtnee Buechner at 503-526-2376 or kbuechner@BeavertonOregon.gov.
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Caption: Photographs by David Dickerson, including “Faces of Myanmar” (pictured) are part of the City of Beaverton’s art displays through June. Various artists are featured at The Beaverton Building, Beaverton City Library Main and Murray Scholls, and other locations around town. (Photo/David Dickerson)