Valley Art, established in 1966, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Valley Art is located in the heart of historic downtown Forest Grove on Main Street, just one block west of Pacific University.
As one of the oldest nonprofit, all-volunteer art associations in the Pacific Northwest, we feature over 200 established and emerging local artists. We offer an eclectic assortment of paintings, fine pottery, jewelry, wood carvings, glass art, metal sculpture, textiles and garden art, to name a few. We pride ourselves in finding unique items at exceptional values. There are also art classes in pottery, watercolor, oil painting, mixed media, quilting and there are several classes for children – truly something for everyone.
VALLEY ART Classes, Workshops & Groups • May/June 2017
Quilting Studio – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This is an ongoing class and may be joined at any time. All levels, from beginning to advanced, are welcome. This is the time to do your own work, get expert advice on a special project, and meet with other local quilters. Join the fun! Register in person at the gallery on Friday. Cost is $28/year for Valley Art members and $43/year for non-members.
Forest Grove Camera Club – September – May; second, third & fourth Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. The Forest Grove Camera Club is a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs. The club participates in a variety of competitions, evaluations and provides programs as well as field trips. To join, contact Carol Berget at email@example.com. Cost is $25 annual membership / $5 students / $10 associate memberships.
Watercolor Class – First and third Tuesdays, May 2 & 16; June 6 & 20. OPB’s Artbeat-featured instructor Irilla Swanson teaches adults watercolor painting from 10 a.m. – Noon. All materials are provided but you may bring your own. Step-by-step demos for beginners; problem-solving and direction for experienced painters. Cost is $120 for the three-month session ($20 per class). To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 503-285-4399.
Oil Painting Class – First and third Tuesdays, May 2 & 16; June 6 & 20. OPB’s Artbeat-featured instructor Irilla Swanson teaches adults water-soluble oil painting from 1 – 3 p.m. All professional materials are provided: water-soluble oil paint, oil painting paper and brushes. The instructor provides examples from nature, and helps you capture your own ideas from your photos. Step-by-step demos for beginners; problem-solving and direction for experienced painters. Cost is $120 for the three-month session ($20 per class). To register, email email@example.com, or call 503-285-4399.
Team Art: Creativity by Association second and fourth Thursdays – Have FUN and bond with other Valley Art members artists. Gather together with like souls to work on art or craft projects, pros or beginners. We’ll meet May 11 & 25, and June 8 & 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Come to the back door and ring the bell. (Front door open at 11 a.m.) Bring a project to work on. There’s a one-time yearly cost of $15 for a Valley Art membership. All help and inspiration is free! You will make new friends and learn new techniques. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Call 503-341-9701 for more information.
“Twigs and Eggs ~ Plover Nest” with Susan Curington – Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A fun acrylic class with secret techniques. All materials provided with fee, no experience needed. $60+ $15 materials fee. 503-357-4844, email@example.com.
Pet Portrait on Canvas led by artist April Hoff – Sunday, May 21, 2 – 5 p.m. (ages 12+) This fun class will show you how to translate a simplified photo of your pet onto a popping colorful background creating a charming pet portrait. $45 per person ($40 Valley Art members) includes all materials. Space is limited, register online http://www.artingales.org/groupworkshop.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monotype Mondays – Join artist April Hoff for printmaking without a press, creating monotypes using rich non-toxic Akua inks. Lots of mark-making items on hand to experiment, but feel free to bring your own stencils and textured surfaces. Items should be disposable or non-stainable. $30/person/class or $25 Valley Art members includes all materials and enough paper to make 10 fine art prints. Members email for discount code. Most Mondays 1:30 – 4 p.m. or 6-8:30 p.m. Ages 12+. Space is limited, register online http://www.artingales.org/groupworkshop.html.
Monday Adult Pottery with Christine Hurayt, June 19th through August 7th from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Cost is $115 for members and $125 for non-members. Clay and tool kits available for $12-$15. Throwing on the wheel and hand building will be demonstrated. Contact instructor at 971-200-0843 or email to email@example.com to register for class.
Tuesday Pottery Classes with Bob Hackney – 6 – 9 p.m., June 6 – July 25. Cost for each session of classes is $140 for Valley Art members, $150 for nonmembers. Preferred Intermediate to advanced skill levels. No production work allowed. Students will throw on the wheel. Clay is $13-$15 per bag and tool kits are $15. Bring an old towel for clean up, wear old clothing and closed toe shoes, and be prepared to discuss the work. Fee prorated and late enrollment upon instructor approval. Contact Bob at 971-331-3094 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Sunday Pottery Classes (ages 16+) with Bob Hackney – Sundays June 4 – July 23, from noon to 4 p.m. for beginners and all skill levels. Cost for each session of classes is $140 for Valley Art members, $150 for nonmembers. No production work allowed. Students will throw on the wheel and handbuild. Clay is $13-$15 per bag and tool kits are $15. Bring an old towel for clean up, wear old clothing and closed toe shoes. Fee prorated and late enrollment upon instructor approval. Contact Bob at 971-331-3094 or email@example.com to register.
Paint 4 Kids – First Fridays – 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Paint Nights aren’t just for grownups! Designed for kids 7-13, but adults may join. Artingales instructor April Hoff will guide young artists through a new colorful acrylic painting each month. $20 each. Space is limited, register http://www.artingales.org/select.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Print 4 Kids – Second Wednesdays – 5 – 6 p.m. Artingales instructor April Hoff will introduce kids to various printmaking techniques each month, including some DIY at home methods that don’t require special tools. We will be using non-toxic printmaking inks and washable tempera paints to create colorful prints. Designed for kids 7-13, $15/class. Space is limited, register online http://www.artingales.org/afterschool.html or email email@example.com.
Drawing 4 Kids – Fourth Wednesdays – 5 – 6 p.m. Artingales instructor April Hoff will guide students through a series of drawing techniques each month to increase confidence and skill in young artists. Designed for kids 7-13. $10/class. Space is limited; register online http://www.artingales.org/afterschool.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date – Kids Summer Art Camp, July 10-13. Registration details coming soon to valleyart.org.
Art Club for Kids – 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Thursdays, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Education Chair April Hoff will guide students through art media each focusing on a new discipline each month. $15 per class, discounts for multiples. Art club is flexible enough to allow more experienced artists liberty to work on personal projects with materials, instructor guidance, and feedback. Space is limited; register online http://www.artingales.org/afterschool.html or email email@example.com
Me & My Grown-Up with Education Chair April Hoff – Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Preschool Art (2 – 6 years + adult) Bring your little one and make art with kid safe materials and professional guidance. One grown-up per child required to participate, meets most Wednesdays, preregistration required. Wear art-making clothes. $12 per class includes child and adult. http://www.artingales.org/afterschool.html.
Senior Art Media Sampler – Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. May & June (55+). Art Media Sampler introduces participants to a new art medium each week with just enough time to sample the technique in a project. This class is exclusively for those 55 and older. $12 per class, all materials provided. Call April 503-929-4088 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri-Date Nights – most Fridays in May and June, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (K-5th) Need a little time away for a date? Bring the kids to Fri-Date Nights at Valley Art. Education Chair April Hoff will facilitate creative time with your kids for one hour or all three. Must pre-register online at http://www.artingales.org/afterschool.html. $10/hr.
Woven Boho Bag with Valerie Donley – Thursday, May 11, 1 – 5 p.m. Val will teach a weaving class that’s easy to learn and very portable. You will make a Boho bag, or small “fairy bag,” as some call them, for your cell phone or other small personal items. See a picture of a sample bag on our website under “classes.” Cost is $40. Bring a pair of scissors; all other supplies provided. Class is limited to eight participants. Register by messaging through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valeriepacedonleydesigns/
Fine Art Serigraphy with April Hoff – Saturday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Learn to make fine art screen prints by creating your own multi-color stencils to layer using permanent acrylic ink on paper. Technique can be later applied to fabric. All materials provided, come with a few images or drawings to simplify. Ages 16+ $65 Valley Art members, $75 non-members. Space is limited, register online http://www.artingales.org/select.html or email email@example.com.
If YOU would like to teach a class at Valley Art, submit a proposal to April Hoff, Education Chair, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line put “Class Proposal.” Describe the class and your intended audience (adults, children, etc.), the price, and your preferred dates and times. April will get back to you.
Check www.valleyart.org for updated class offerings. Scholarships are available for all Valley Art classes. We received a generous grant from the Richard B. Siegel Foundation and can help students of all ages pay for the class they want to take. Email email@example.com for information on getting an application. Filling out the paperwork is a simple process.
SMOKIN’ HOT ART BOX – CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
UPDATE: Valley Art’s fundraiser for Forest Grove resident and artist Helvi Smith is drawing near. The deadline to submit your Smokin’ Hot Art Box is May 30th.
Begin with a cigar box – one you have yourself or one you pick up FREE at Valley Art.
Make it into anything you like – a jewelry chest, a bird nest, a purse, a book. Everyone starts with a cigar box and then uses their imagination! There are NO rules, regulations or small print.
The deadline for Smokin’ Hot Art Boxes is Tuesday, May 30. The earliest date to turn in your work at the gallery is Tuesday, May 2.
We will hold our opening reception and sale on Saturday, June 17th. Be there from 1-5 p.m. and meet some of our artists and purchase your favorite. All proceeds benefit Helvi.
All art boxes will become the property of Valley Art and be marked for sale for $50 each. They will be displayed in the gallery on Saturday, June 17 from 1-5 p.m. The proceeds from the boxes will go to Helvi Smith, a Forest Grove artist with big hospital bills. If you have questions call 503-341-9701.
Valley Art Supporters:
This is an exciting time for Valley Art, as we celebrated 50 years in Forest Grove and began our 51st. The gallery was started in 1966 by 12 artists. Two years later it became a legitimate business.
Today it is a thriving art gallery, pottery studio and educational nonprofit organization, run entirely by volunteers. We have over 325 members, about 100 artists and nearly 50 active volunteers.
Currently we are working on raising money to help with the refurbishing of our building which needs some expensive updating. The storefront of Valley Art requires stabilization of the 1930s era infrastructure. We welcome your help. Donations have arrived ranging from $25,000, $1,000 to $250 and $10. We still need around $22,000.
Donations are welcome anytime, but remember: When the year 2017 comes to an end, we ask you consider Valley Art in your year-end giving. Your contribution is tax deductible under Section 501 (c)3 of the IRS tax code. Stop by the gallery or send your donation to VAA, P.O. Box 333, Forest Grove, OR 97116.
IN ADDITION to our beautiful gallery space we offer two separate classroom spaces, one with wonderful natural lighting for workshops and club meetings as well as a 600 sq. ft. pottery studio for both adult and children’s classes.