New Exhibit by Iranian-born Oregonian Explores Themes of Hope, Freedom and Resilience
This February, the Hillsboro Cultural Arts program presents the artwork of Roger Hatefi—a Portland-based artist whose bright paintings explore nature’s beauty as a powerful symbol for hope, freedom, and resilience—at the Hillsboro Civic Center. From an eagle’s struggle to break free from a cage to wild horses galloping in a meadow, Hatefi’ s landscapes and subjects exude the splendor and joy of being alive. The public can view his work Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, on the gallery wall located just outside the Shirley Huffman Auditorium. This exhibit opens on Tuesday, February 6 and runs through the end of May.
Roger Hatefi, an immigrant from Iran, has had many obstacles to overcome in his life—obstacles that provide the core inspiration of his work and from which he draws his passion. He is devoted to using his work to make the world a better place for the future. Hatefi paints primarily in acrylic on canvas with an abstract style that aims to capture the world around us in an intimate and spiritual mode of reflection. Through his paintings, he shares his life, beliefs and passions. He celebrates his 82nd birthday in 2018.
Hatefi’s father was the first person to expose him to the world of art. He saw the great talent and passion his son had with pen and ink and nurtured it by arranging for a local artist to take him on as an apprentice in the studio. Hatefi recalls the joyful times he spent learning to see and interpret the infinite and unbounded details of nature’s beauty. More recently, Roger became inspired to pursue his fine arts education at Portland State University and to make drawing and painting a full-time vocation.
Mayor Steve Callaway will announce Hatefi’ s exhibit at the next Hillsboro City Council Meeting on February 6, 2018. Hillsboro City Council meetings are convened in the Shirley Huffman Auditorium at the Hillsboro Civic Center on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7 pm. All City Council meetings are open to the public and the public is invited to attend.
The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a premier west side visual arts and performance facility. Part of the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation department, the Walters is home to a 200 seat state-of-the-art performance and event space, art galleries and studio space dedicated to workshops and classes representing a wide variety of art forms. Each season the Walters’ eclectic concert series grows, featuring local, national and international artists. The Walters also hosts free events including First Tuesday Gallery Openings, Open Mic Poetry Night and the Spoken Word Series.