Exhibit open: July 12 – August 30, 2018
Preview Reception: Wednesday, July 11 from 5:30 – 8:00pm
Demonstration Day Event: August 11
Experience a fantastical world where Victorian era art and technology merge with the limitless imagination of regional artists!
The Washington County museum is opening a new exhibit for the summer called Steampunk: An Art Invitational, which will be open from Thursday, July 12th through Thursday, August 30th and includes two exciting public events. The kickoff celebration is Wednesday, July 11th from 5:30 to 8:00pm, and there will also be a day of Steampunk demonstrations on August 11th.
This exhibition combines real museum artifacts with the artwork of these talented tinkerers and award-winning artists from the Tualatin Valley and across the Pacific Northwest — some of whom have been featured on Oregon Art Beat and the television series Steampunk’d!
C. Morgan Kennedy
Cherie Savoie Tintary
Jessica R.Van Hulle
Charles Mason III
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy that incorporates science, technology, history and design inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. The Steampunk genre spans fine art, music, comics, movie and television sets, fashion, toys, video games and themed parties. Steampunk artists create work that spans many materials and themes — from repurposed materials to hi-tech, from Wild West to Horror & Sci-Fi, Asian, Nautical and anything in between.
When you visit Steampunk: An Art Invitational you will walk into a world of sculpture, photography, costumery, furniture and amazing accessories that will transport you into alternate realities. Look out for moving parts, kooky characters and fantasy come to life!
“We are thrilled to bring Steampunk to the Washington County Museum because the genre combines Science Fiction with the Victorian era and is full of creativity and innovation. It’s something that people of all different ages, with different interests, can enjoy and connect to” says the museum’s Executive Director, Pam Vorachek.
Many of the pieces in STEAMPUNK: An Art Invitational will also be available for sale! This is an exciting opportunity to collect work from these prominent artists. A catalog with artist bios and price lists will be available for your perusal at both events and during the entire run of the show.
For the Steampunk Demonstration Day August 11th featured artists will be in the museum activating their creations and sharing stories about their craft. This day will have presentations and activities for the whole family, stay tuned for more details!