The Frida Project Open House Celebration will be held on Oct. 8 from noon until 5:00 p.m. at M&M Marketplace, 346 NW Walnut Street in Hillsboro. There will be music, dance and food and the public is invited. It is free.
The Frida Art Project was held this summer during Tuesday Night Market on the artists’ corner of 3rd Avenue and Main St. in Hillsboro.
What folks witnessed was a community building a partnership between Tuesday Night Market and M&M Marketplace. The partnership will be seen through the artwork created by local artists who volunteered their talent every Tuesday evening in the summer painting ten large panels (48” x 48”) with a common theme combining landscapes and people of Oregon and Mexico.
Each panel began with a stencil of the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The artists were free to use their skills (and feelings) to surround the face of Frida with their interpretation of the project.
M&M Marketplace is a business which houses over 60 individual vendors much like Tuesday Marketplace in downtown Hillsboro where folks gather not only to sell their wares but also to enjoy different activities, eat their meals and celebrate events. However, M&M has a big difference, a cultural difference; the vendors here are all Latinos.
These colorful panels are now installed on the front and inside of the building at M&M Marketplace, just a few blocks south of downtown Hillsboro and completing the partnership. This project, and this open house celebration, will bring two cultures together to illustrate all that is wonderful in our own community. The public will be invited to see how creativity happens when two cultures combine their talents.
Musical entertainment will be ongoing beginning with Latin music and winding down with some Hillsboro Rock and Roll. Here is the schedule:Noon – 1:00 Gerardo Calderon; 1:00 – 2:00 Ramiro Ramirez; 2:00 – 3:00 Aztec Dance Group “ Mitotilztli Tezkatlipoka; 3:00 – 5:00 Randy McElroy.
Artists featured who painted the ten panels are Plata Garza, Heather Lowe, Patricia Gifford, Rosa Noyola, Felipe Garcia, Tesla Clementine, JanSu Hirst, Lauren McElroy, Arturo Villasenor and Linda Holland. The project was funded by HACC as well as donations from Tuesday Night Market and by M&M owner Jaime Miranda and artist Linda Holland, board member of Tuesday Night Market.
This project brings together our two cultures that live so closely in Hillsboro yet often seem to be separate and shows once again how the arts can improve the quality of life in our community.