Valley Art Gallery is a nonprofit gallery serving artists and community.

Valley Art Gallery is a nonprofit gallery serving artists and community.
With no paid administrator or staff, Valley Art is entirely volunteer run.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Art Journaling Class at Valley Art.

WE had fun with our small group on Saturday, May 16. Hopefully, if there is interest, we will have another class in August, with a maximum of eight participants. (Table space to create and art supplies take up a lot of room. Just click on the photos and take a look at what we were working with!)
One class member brought lots of books for future participants to use, another used a sketch journal to document how and when she met her husband, another was trying out different techniques and everyone was learning the difference between gesso and matte gel medium.
Check back often for an update on upcoming classes, see the Valley Art Web site or go to the gallery, 2022 Main St., Forest Grove, for a complete listing.
I started "repurposing," altering, an annual report folder that came in the mail and would have gone to the recyle dump. So much more fun to paint them and use them. - Jeanne Levy

Saturday, May 9, 2009

First Artist Reception in Our 'New' Building

THE MAY-JUNE 2009 featured artists at Valley Art are Jane Aukshunas and Paul Rasmussen.
The artists' reception was the evening of May 6 and the gallery had a good crowd in attendance.
Blooming Hill Vineyard was the featured winery that evening and they offered generous tastings of their fine product. (Their wine label was designed by Jane Aukshunas, a fortuitous connection.)
There were some visitors that evening who were seeing the new gallery for the first time. They missed the earlier grand reopening. We invite everyone who hasn't had a chance to come on down and see the changes. We are so very proud of the new venue we have.
The food at the reception was prepared and served by Catherine Wildt and her band of extraordinary helpers. (Help is always appreciated at these events; if you'd like to volunteer you can contact Valley Art at 503-357-3703 or No experience is required.)
Jane Aukshunas works in pastels and Paul Rasmussen works in wood. The two art forms played off each other beautifully in this fine show, which will be in the gallery until the end of June.
You can find more on Valley Art Gallery at, where you can also download the newsletter and learn more about our history and class schedule.
And to top all this off, Tualatin Valley Cable Television will be airing a filming of the grand reopening Valley Art had on April 9. If you live in our Tualatin Valley area, you can see the "show" on these channels at these times:
Channel 11: Saturday, May 16 and 23, 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, May 30 and June 6, 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 13, 11:30 a.m.; and Saturday, June 20 and 27, 12:30 p.m.
On Channel 21: Saturdays (starting May 9), 2:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7 a.m.; Tuesdays, 9 a.m.; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.; and Fridays, 1:30 a.m.
Valley Art is very grateful for this chance to let others know what a great place it is, through the kindness of Westside Cultural Alliance and Tualatin Valley Cable TV.
Here: Paul Rasmussen, far left, educates guests on the finer points on finding wood's best potential.
Below, Jane Aukshunas (looking at camera), enjoys time with friends at her May reception.
And at the end of the reception, as the moon rose, it was a good feeling to know that Valley Art still stands on firm footing in downtown Forest Grove.
A great big thank you to all our donors and benefactors for making this possible - and, most especially, our volunteers who work without pay (and sometimes thanks) .
Valley Art wouldn't be here without YOU!