Arts & Entertainment News May 2024

liz walker artwork
highschool musical on stage poster

Tumwater Middle School bring us a story of small-town high school life, filled with music and dance!

The Reser and The City of Beaverton/Beaverton Arts Program are excited to announce the new public art installation, Across Oceans, by Portland artist Kanani Miyamoto. Made up of hundreds of hand-carved, cut, and pulled prints, the work features beautiful, stylized imagery that celebrates common connections. 

Across Oceans wraps the window façades at The Reser and the entrance to the Beaverton Building at City Hall, combining traditional printmaking practices, Eastern art aesthetics, and Hawaiian philosophy. The imagery signifies the coming together of people from distant lands across bodies of water that connect, not divide us. 

The public is invited to join the festivities at the Reveal Party as we celebrate our first ever large-scale ‘printstallation’. Participants are encouraged to meet the artist, view the work, and see the materials and woodblocks used to create the masterpiece. For more information about upcoming Across Oceans programs, please visit The Reser website

The Portland team of GiGi’s Playhouse will be opening a center for individuals with Down syndrome and others with similar challenges in Portland this summer and invites you to a fundraiser called the GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge. The fundraiser aims to raise awareness about Down syndrome, its impact on families, and the valuable services GiGi’s Playhouse will offer in the Northwest. Venders and sponsors are also invited to participate.

Vendors can 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.

The funds raised will also help open the doors to GiGi’s Playhouse Portland, a place that will provide 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.

To become a sponsor, please 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.

Join in to support the Sunset High School bands! The online auction features an array of items generously donated by establishments like Willamette Valley Vineyards, Enchanted Forest, BarkZone, and TopGolf. Explore the full list of donors and access the auction online. Doors for the live concert will open early to allow attendees to bid on auction items. The auction closes at 7 pm, for the concert. Seating for the concert is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All funds from the online auction will be used by the non-profit 501(c)(3) Sunset Apollo Marching Band and Auxiliary Parents Club (SAMBA) to support all of the comprehensive band and colorguard programs available at Sunset High School. SAMBA raises funds throughout the year to pay for travel expenses, entry fees, uniforms, specialized instruction, show design, instrument purchase and repair, the purchase of music, and scholarships for students who otherwise would be unable to afford to participate.

liz walker artwork

We are excited to welcome local visual artist Liz Walker for her month-long showcase of paintings that will hang on our walls. Liz is an acrylic marbling painter/instructor in Portland, where she teaches classes and workshops, participates in local and regional art groups, and spends many hours painting in her home studio. Take a peek to be inspired by her art on instagram

As part of our 75th Anniversary Celebration, mark your calendar and invite your friends and neighbors to join you for this great concert. You will enjoy some refreshing music that will touch your soul and maybe bring a laugh or two along the way. Doors open at 6 pm.

From Old American to Slavonic dances and more, enjoy an evening of music and dance. For details and to purchase tickets, please visit The Reser website.

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

dollars for scholars

We have a record-breaking number of entries this year! This show includes art from the community and local students and supports scholarships for local graduating high school students continuing their art education. Join us for an afternoon of art and refreshments and the best opportunity to see all of the work displayed! 


All invited, all supplies included. Inspiration offered or dream up something new! VGA Instructional Team members on hand to assist.

children's art classes, weaving on stick

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. May projects include Floral Acrylic, Fossil Vitra, Miniature Dioramas, and Weaving.

Introduction to Watercolor Painting with Susan Pfahl
dogwood blossoms art by susan pfahl

In each beginner’s level class, we will experiment with how the paint and paper and water react together. Then we will paint a simple subject incorporating this “experiment” into our work. Masterpieces are unlikely, but skills will increase. No prerequisites needed. Returning students are welcome to repeat this course. New projects and techniques will be presented in each subsequent series of this class.

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.

Tualatin Valley Creates: Join us for a delightful evening of connection! Meet creatives, local businesses, and fellow community members. Swing by to say hello, indulge in a small demonstration on the Art of Wine Tasting led by our charming host Résolu Cellars, and groove to the tunes of live music by Bill Hernandez. Plus, discover exciting upcoming events and opportunities in our arts and culture community. RSVP online to let us know you’re coming! 

beaverton night market flyer

Calling all vendors who sell food, crafts, art, or other products that represent world cultures! .

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The Beaverton Night Market will be held on Saturday, August 17 at The Round. The Beaverton Night Market exists to create a vibrant, intercultural, family-friendly space that is reminiscent of night markets internationally. The Market offers a culturally relevant evening activity and gathering space with ethnic food and crafts for families of all backgrounds in Beaverton. 

Have questions or need support to apply? Contact Raziah Roushan, Market Manager 503-893-4926 or