New Changes for the Walters Cultural Arts Center’s First Tuesday Art Walk
Building on their participation in Hillsboro’s First Tuesday Art Walk, and beginning May 1, the Walters Cultural Arts Center is expanding its Art Walk hours from 5-8 pm. All three floors of the Walters will feature arts and culture activities that include: gallery exhibits of photography by Jingzi Zaho and Kate Ampersand; a storytelling performance by Rick Huddle; West African kora music by Will Dudley; handmade jewelry and print cards by artists Bonnie Burbidge, Michelle Sorenson and Miranda Mikesh; and opportunities to make an origami corner creature bookmark or explore fleeting moments inspired by the current exhibits in letter writing and collage postcards. Complimentary refreshments will be provided, including light sweets from our sponsor, Decadent Creations. The community is invited to attend this free public event.
In the upstairs gallery, “The Fuse: Portland Dance Portrait Project” features photographs by artist Jingzi Zhao that depict dancers outside of the conventional performance space and placed within the spaces of everyday life. The artist draws attention to the dancer’s movement within the surroundings, underscoring a sense of drama and humor. Jingzi Zaho will share stories and perspectives with a short tour of the work and talk in the gallery beginning at 6 p.m.
Complementing the dramatic work on display, in the downstairs gallery Kate Ampersand’s photograph collection “Vanishing Point” draws attention to an iconic Eastern Oregon landmark: a man-made poplar forest that ran along a six-mile stretch of I-84. The architecturally unique tree farm is being replaced by a mega-dairy farm and crop fields and this collection of photographs presents images created by the artist during visits to the tree farm over several years. Capturing the forest in different seasons, using three different types of cameras, the artist records its beauty and memory before it disappears forever, memorializing its shapes, colors, and moods for future generations.
To begin the evening, Will Dudley will be playing the kora, a 21-string lute-bridge-harp from West Africa. At 7 pm, storyteller Rick Huddle (pictured right) presents “Art of the Story: The Stifling South,” an hour-long adult program that explores the land of muscle cars and chewing tobacco, where the only thing more oppressive than the heat is the need to conform. Drawing on influences of David Sedaris, Spalding Gray, and a touch of Carol Burnett, Huddle performs personal monologues that juxtapose self-deprecating humor with self-honoring humility. He has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and Colombia. He is a Moth Story Slam winner and has performed at the National Storytelling Festival- Exchange Place. This performance is part of the 14th annual Art of the Story Festival organized by Washington County Cooperative Library Services.
The Walters Cultural Arts Center is located at 527 Main Street and is situated on the corner of 5th Avenue and Main Street in a one way grid in downtown Hillsboro. Parking can be accessed from either 5th or 6th Avenues, and the Walters is conveniently located just two blocks off the MAX Blue line. For more information visit the Walters Cultural Arts Center webpage.