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Beaverton Visual Arts Showcase Celebrates 30 Years

The annual arts exhibition announced the winner of its Best of Show award at an opening gala this past weekend. "Dark River of Stars" is a collaborative work between printmaker Barbara Mason, bookmaker Laurie Weiss and Paulann Peterson, Oregon's Poet Laureate. See photos of the winning piece and other scenes from the exhibit, now on display at the Beaverton City Library.

Over its 30-year history, Beaverton’s Visual Arts Showcase has been held in various venues, had a couple of name changes and has shifted to a juried selection system with prizes.

But through all of the changes, the goal of the event has remained the same.

“It’s a way to introduce the general public in Beaverton to the visual arts and to celebrate the great artists working in our community,” says Beaverton Arts Commission Board Member Tom Doggett.

Now called the Reser’s Fine Foods Visual Arts Showcase and Sale, this year’s events will include a juried exhibit of work from nearly 70 Oregon artists along with a performance by lutenist Ronn McFarlane, artist workshops and a teen art show. The Art on Broadway gallery will also host a retrospective of work from 15 past showcase winners.

Presented by the Beaverton Arts Commission, the exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs from November 3-11 at the Beaverton City Library and will include sculpture, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, photography and mixed media. The Showcase kicks off November 3rd with a gala event where the public can meet the artists and vote for their favorite work. First place awards will also be announced at the gala for each of seven categories, as well as a Best of Show award.

Go See It!

Reser’s Fine Foods Visual Arts Showcase and Sale

  • November 3-11; Gala Event November 3, 7-9 p.m
  • Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton
  • Visit website

Although the number of featured works has not grown much over the years, the overall quality of the work has improved significantly, says Doggett. “There has been a real increase over the years of the number and level of the artists working in Oregon and that has been reflected in the works presented in the Showcase.”

After initially accepting entries from artists nationwide, the Showcase eventually limited submissions to Oregon artists. They still receive 500-600 entries each year from both veteran and emerging artists. “The bar rises every year,” adds Elaine Orkut of the Beaverton Arts Commission, “and the quality of the work keeps getting better and better.”

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