Arts & Entertainment April 2024

For more details about classes and events please visit the VGA website.

Village Gallery of Arts 60 years logo featuring black diamond and brushstroke on red background
Sunday, April 14, 3-5 pm

We welcome Jung Soo Pak as our Juror for this show. Join us for an afternoon of art and meet the juror, see the awards, talk with the artists, and enjoy the new show and refreshments!

“Go Green” is a captivating, detailed, watercolor portrayal of succulent plants, inspired by a local grocery store’s nursery. The artist intends this work to serve as a reminder to embrace nature, and a prompt for us all to adopt a greener, more mindful lifestyle. 19″x 25″; watercolor.

Art due May 5 or before; show runs May 2-June 7

Anyone may enter this show. Sign up now! Like last year, adult entry fees are $15 for each 10″x10″ wood panel. Each youth participant (18 & younger) will be given one free 6″x6″ stretched canvas. Youth entrants preferring a 10″square wood panel may purchase one. For prospectus with all the details and important dates, please visit our website.

paintbrushes and paint palette
Tuesday May 7, 10 am-12 pm

Come with your art materials and join other artists in pursuing their individual projects. Nominal fee of $2/person. Please RSVP to

Join an exciting class learning a variety of art forms! A team of rotating instructors provides a chance to explore a variety of media and approaches while building artistic concepts and skills. All supplies included.

Thursdays in April, 3:45-5:15 pm, max 8 students

Projects include: Zentangle Method, Square Acrylic Painting, Sand Sketching, Watercolor Boats & Birds.

Illuminated Letter Class with Susan Pfahl
Sunday, April 7; 1-3 pm, max 8 students, free. Must register to reserve a spot

Illuminated letters were popular in the middle ages when there was no light besides daylight, candle light or fire light. They were made to catch the available light to gain the attention of the reader. Students will create their own illuminated letter, or use a pre-drawn letter from the instructor, size 4” x 6”. The letters can be decorated with gold or silver paint and other colors to create a small work of art. When you register for this class, please advise which letter you would like to make. All supplies provided.

Seagrass & Seashells, Coiling & Knotless Netting on a Gourd with Jane A. Wilson
Saturday, April 13; 9:30 am-4:30 pm (30 min lunch break), max 12 students

Learn to coil, a basket weaving technique, using seagrass and waxed linen thread on the rim of a precut gourd, then drop down to the body of the gourd and cover with knotless netting. Lash wool roving to the rim and embellish with pre-drilled seashells and beads. You should be able to finish this project in class. No weaving experience is required.

Introduction to Basket Weaving with Diane Shingledecker
Thursdays, April 18, 25, May 2; 9:30 am-12 pm, max 8 students

Explore the basics of weaving a simple basket by creating a Sally Bag with a simple two-color pattern. Finish this in time to give as a unique Mother’s Day gift! This class will cover weaving a round base, single twining, double twining with two colors, and finishing a rim. This basic basket also has a fabric liner that will be made in class. Hemp material for basket warp will be provided.

Introduction to Watercolor Painting with Susan Pfahl
Tuesdays in May, 7-9:30 pm, max 8 students

In each class we will experiment with how the paint, paper, and water react together. We will create simple paintings incorporating this “experiment” into our work. Masterpieces are unlikely, but skills will increase. Returning students welcome. New projects and techniques are presented in subsequent series of this class. No prerequisites necessary.

Make a Mother’s Day Card! Drop-in Event
Saturday, May 11, 11 am-1 pm, free

All invited, all supplies included. VGA Instructional Team members on hand.

Make a Father’s Day Card! Drop-in Event
Saturday, June 15, 1-3 pm, free

All invited, all supplies included. VGA Instructional Team members on hand.

The VGA mission is to: ignite the joy of learning, creating and appreciating art in our community. We support professional and emerging artists by providing high quality affordable art education to children and adults as well as providing venues for sharing their work. Village Gallery of Arts is a non-profit (501c3) organization, receives no taxpayer money, and is staffed entirely by member volunteers.

Each month we feature a different local artist at each Insomnia cafe. Are you interested in displaying your art in an Insomnia cafe? Click here to get the process started!

We also host Saturday pop-ups. Visit this page for more information!

reser call for artists

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in partnership with The City of Beaverton / Beaverton Arts Market is pleased to announce a call for artists for its second annual exhibition and sale, The Curio. Visual artists in Oregon and Washington are invited to apply. The focus of the exhibition and sale is on original works of art, small gifts, and artist reproductions. To be considered, artists must have a strong body of work, demonstrate superior craftsmanship, and have a considerable inventory with multiple pieces available for sale. Please note, we will not be featuring holiday specific items in this exhibition. 

Artists interested in applying to The Curio must submit their application through submittable by Sunday, May 5. Submitting an application does not guarantee participation in this opportunity. A selection process will follow, and artists will be notified. For more information on eligibility, acceptable media, submission guidelines, and fees, please see the full prospectus.

The mission of the Art Gallery at The Reser is to exhibit diverse and intentional works of art by regional Northwest artists and to support and celebrate a community which values, participates, and partners in the arts. The Curio is a collaboration between the Beaverton Arts Market and The Reser Gallery that celebrates the creativity and diversity of regional artists and craftspeople while offering a unique shopping experience for art lovers. 

For more information about the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, programming, gallery, and performance season lineup, visit For more information about the City of Beaverton Arts Program, please visit

During the recent extreme weather in our area, a portion of the ceiling in The Reser’s lobby, and art galleries on both floors, sustained water damage due to an internal sprinkler pipe break in the ceiling on the second floor.

We regret to inform you that the Art Gallery will be temporarily closed. All performances and events in the rest of the building will move forward as planned. We are eager to welcome visitors back into the gallery as soon as possible.

To honor our current exhibiting artists, we have rescheduled the exhibition, Dialogues: An Emerging Artist Showcase, to reopen in early September. This will allow us to present their work in the best possible way and celebrate their achievements. It’s also the perfect opportunity for the community to vote on their favorite artwork, so we can announce the People’s Choice Award in October during our First Friday celebration. We appreciate your patience and support during this difficult time. Please stay tuned by signing up for the gallery newsletter and following us on social media (Facebook, Instagram) for more information on this and our upcoming exhibitions. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our gallery staff at We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

The Portland team for GiGi’s Playhouse is bringing an achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome and others with similar challenges to Portland in the summer of 2024. The GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge aims to raise awareness about Down syndrome, its impact on families, and the valuable services GiGi’s Playhouse will offer in the Northwest.

The funds raised will help open the doors to GiGi’s Playhouse Portland, providing free therapeutic, educational, and vocational services to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. More than just a center, GiGi’s Playhouse will serve as a hub for community engagement and support. Through events like the GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge, the Playhouse aims to promote inclusivity and foster connections within the community.

The event organizers are seeking vendors and sponsors to participate in the Challenge. Vendors will have the opportunity to showcase family-friendly products or services and engage attendees with carnival-style games. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those who wish to support the cause without being a vendor. To become a sponsor, visit the GiGi’s Playhouse Portland website. For more information, contact us at  Join us in supporting GiGi’s Playhouse Portland as we strive to educate, inspire, and believe in the potential of individuals with Down syndrome. Together, we can create a more inclusive and accepting community for all.

In partnership with the Beaverton Education Foundation (BEF), the 36th Annual Herzog-Meier Senior Art Scholarship Show will feature more than 200 juried art submissions from every Beaverton area public high school. One scholarship will be awarded per school, with all participants being celebrated at a reception on Wednesday, April 24, from 5-6:30 pm at the (4275 SW 139th Way) in Beaverton.

A $5,000 grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County in association with the Oregon Cultural Trust, will provide art supplies to help seniors at every high school prepare submissions to the Herzog-Meier Show.

Learn more about BEF’s impact in our 2022-2023 Impact Report –

When Catlin Gabel acquired the OCAC campus in 2019, we committed to continue the community arts legacy of the college. We now offer a range of arts classes to adults, from those wanting to explore their talents to those who are looking to refine their skills. We invite you to explore and sign up. Offerings include classes in Book Arts, Calligraphy, Painting, and Ceramics.