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Imaginations “Take Flight” as New Exhibit Opens at the Walters Cultural Arts Center

First Tuesday Art Walk Reception – August 6

Post Date:07/10/2019 3:00 pm

On Tuesday, August 6, from 5 - 8 pm, the Walters Cultural Arts Center will host a reception during First Tuesday Art Walk for “Take Flight,” an exhibition featuring local artists Cindy Geffel, Lieta Gratteri, and Michael Loen. Your imagination will soar as you experience the bright, celebratory worlds of these three artists, whose works in acrylic, watercolor, oil, and collage uplift the spirit.

From 5 - 6:30 pm, enjoy music in the Walters lobby with local guitarist Trent Toney, whose fun, upbeat songs provide inspiration for children of all ages, or craft colorful and whimsical clothespin dragonflies at our family art-making station. At 5:30 pm, join Michael Loen for an artist walk-and-talk, followed by a walk-and-talk with Cindy Geffel at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided thanks to our supporting sponsor, Decadent Creations.

Bringing explorations of color, nature, movement, and wonder to the Walters, “Take Flight” gathers together the talents of Cindy Geffel, Lieta Gratteri, and Michael Loen for colorful flights of the imagination. Inspired by “the daily flights and behavior of the local bird population,” the art of Cindy Geffel creates “a mash up of two experiences,” diving into both movement and memoir with playful, kaleidoscopic introspection and observation. Also drawing her inspiration from the magic of birds, Lieta Gratteri, whose artistic career began with a watercolor workshop at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, has since flown full circle, showing her evolution as an artist through a range of warm, contemplative, nature-inspired works. And Michael Loen, who describes his paintings as “colorful, decorative abstracts employing collage elements,” creates bold, thought-provoking landscapes using elements of history, humor, and nostalgia – with a keen eye on the future.

The First Tuesday Art Walk is free, open to the public, and takes place on the first Tuesday of every month throughout Downtown Hillsboro from 5 – 8 pm. Exhibitions at the Walters Cultural Arts Center are open Monday through Thursday from 9 am – 9 pm, and Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. The Walters is located at 527 E. Main St. and is situated on the corner of Northeast Fifth Avenue and East Main Street in a one way grid in downtown Hillsboro. Parking can be accessed from either Fifth or Sixth Avenues, and the Walters is conveniently located just two blocks off the MAX Blue line. For more information call 503-615-3485 or visit

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