Art at Beaverton City Hall

The exhibit at Beaverton City Hall will be up until the end of August.  We’ll be taking it down on the 31st.  If you haven’t had a chance to get there yet, it’s a great reason to go to City Hall!


I made my second deadline for the two art exhibits I’ll be in this month.   This one is:

Crossing Borders/Breaking Boundaries: Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art Member Art Exhibition, Beaverton City Hall, 4755 Southwest Griffith Drive, Beaverton, OR.

There is no official opening planned, but the art is on display Monday through Friday, 8am- 5pm, in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor hallway galleries from Wednesday, July 6th through Wednesday, August 31st.

In this exhibition, OWCA members were encouraged to push their personal boundaries to explore new ground, content, materials, and methods.

My art will be on the third floor with the fabric and mixed media art.  It’s a beautiful building, full of light.  It’s wonderful that the city hall provides such a great space for art.  The OWCA has added a wonderful range of art work to browse through.

I have three pieces in this show.  I am showing an older piece, The Reader, a fabric sculpture.  She sits on a pillow reading a  handmade book.

The Reader
The Reader - side

I made a new Wheelchair Mermaid, part of a series I make that explores the challenged body, using mythology, whimsy and color.  This is a fabric sculpture and mixed media piece.  This is called Muriel – The Wiser Mermaid.

Muriel - The Wiser Mermaid
Muriel -side view

I wrote up a little story to go along with her and attached it to the back of the chair:

The Wiser Mermaid

I believe I’m breaking boundaries by working in fabric and pushing the limits of it’s sculptural aspects.  The third piece I made is a high-relief fabric and paper wallhanging.  It’s called Unfolding.  I made a surreal figure out of wire crochet and cloth, a determined figure with starry beads for eyes.  She is undoing the wire, letting out crumpled bits of her self.  They unfold and refold into origami birds.  I used another head and hand to show the transformation made by letting things go.  It’s really hard to photograph, but I did the best I could.

Unfolding - side view
Unfolding - close up

We took the pieces down to Beaverton City Hall this morning and were delighted by sight of so much artwork being hung.  The OWCA has artists from the very young to the very seasoned, working in many mediums.  All the art work is for sale.  It’s really worth a trip there.  Later in the month I’ll go back and take a few pictures and post them here.

Here are the sculptures on their plexiglass pedestal.  They look happy!

Art on Pedestal

3 thoughts on “Art at Beaverton City Hall

  1. What amazing art you have made here, Joy! It is beautiful to witness your creativity in piece after piece. You truly inspire me!!

  2. Joy you say so much with your art. It has unique life – such fun to peel back the layers and get to know each piece personally. They have a wisdom and kindness to them that I really love.

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