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Artfest July 11, 2015

Seeking meat at New Seasons Market Cedar Hills ORegon
Seeking meat at New Seasons Market Cedar Hills

Join the Green Cab artists group for Artfest. Buy art, watch people paint, meet Artosaur.

July 11, 2015
10 AM – 4 PM

Studio of Helvi Smith
1914 Elm Street
Forest Grove, OR 97116

Come visit Open Studios

Christine Martell gelli printing
Gelli printing. Photo by Rick Paulson Photography

I’m participating again in the Washington County Open Studio Tour. If you have been wondering what this gelli printing I’m always mentioning is, you can come see how it works. You might even make a print yourself.

I’ll be at the VisualsSpeak headquarters since as you can see in the photo, there is no room for extra people in my studio. Come visit at 6443 NE Brighton St Hillsboro, OR 97124. There are lots of other wonderful artists to visit in my area, so plan on seeing several of them. You can see sneak previews of each artists work and find directions and maps on the tour website.

Washington County Oregon Open Studio Tour

Opening Celebration of Beyond The Story: Exploring Visual Memoir

Beyond the Story
September 5 – October 31, 2014

You are cordially invited to the opening celebration of Beyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Rebecca Shapiro, Christine Martell, Lisa Sonora Beam

Sunday September 7, 2014
2:00 Pm – 5:oo PM

Artist talks at 3:00 PM

Hillsboro Public Library Main Branch
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway 2nd floor
Hillsboro, OR 97124

This is the show I have been working on for the past two years. So excited to finally see it up!

Fly Away

Artwork: Fly Away
Acrylic Collage on panel, 9″ x 12″, $200

This is one of the pieces I will be showing at the Washington County Museum as part of the Open Studio preview.

invitation to preview show

Celebrate Hillsboro 2014

CelebrateCelebrate Hillsboro is an all day festival to show off what the city has to offer. There will be everything from music and art to classic cars and health information.

I’ll be in the arts village on the Courthouse Lawn demonstrating mixed media mapmaking.

What I’ll be working on

I started out by going to Google Maps and grabbing a screen shot of the city. I opened that file in Photoshop and traced out the roads, buildings and trees. I printed out these maps to use in different ways.

map of downtown Hillsboro Oregon
Downtown Hillsboro

I used transfer paper to trace this onto watercolor paper. I’ll be using tube watercolors on one, watercolor pencils on another. I also printed it out on cover weight paper and colored it a couple of different ways with pens and pencils. I’ll be printing those out and making cards and envelopes.

Painterly approach

This is a more abstract painting I did of the whole city of Hillsboro. The buildings are not literal, and I only depicted some of the roads. In this one I was more interested in showing the contrast between the dense suburban area and the agricultural land that surrounds it. It’s one of the things I like about living here. I have the city amenities and I can drive/cycle a couple of miles and get into lovely countryside. I’m also fond of the green parks and trees that thread through the area.

painting of Hillsboro Oregon
A New Place Called Home: Mixed Media Watercolor and Colored Pencil, 18” x 24”, $800

Come visit

CelebratemapThe festival is 9 AM – 4 PM Saturday July 19. It’s located on E. Main Street in Downtown Hillsboro OR between 1st and 5th. Lots of fun things to do.

You can see the whole schedule on the City of Hillsboro website. Use the links on the left side to explore the offerings.

Beyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir

Beyond the Story
September 5 – October 31, 2014

Rebecca Shapiro and Lisa Sonora Beam will join me for the show we have been working on for over a year. Here are the details:

Show opens September 5 and goes until October 31
Opening celebration September 7, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Artist talks on September 7 at 3:00 PM

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch
2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy 2nd floor
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

Each of us has been working in our own studios, talking about how we are each exploring the topic. The work will come together for the first time when we arrive to hang the show.