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Steampunk: An Art Invitational - Preview Party

  • Washington County Museum 17677 Northwest Springville Road Portland, OR, 97229 United States (map)

Join us for a night of fantastical fun as we kick off Steampunk: An Art Invitational!

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 this 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: Shannon Breeton, Cherie Savoie Tintary, Rose Tursi, Jessica R.Van Hulle, Chuck Dolence, JW Kinsey, Steve LaRiccia, Daniel Westlind, Daniel McGovern and Charles Mason III. Artists from this show have been featured on Oregon Art Beat and the television series Steampunk’d.

The one-night-only opening party July 11th includes:

  • Live Tesla-inspired electrical demonstration by Don Anderson
  • Tea and specialty snacks provided by Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium and DJ Powerless on the gramophone!

Entrance is only $5 for the public and FREE for museum members!

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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, to 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!

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!

The Washington County Museum ignites the imagination for the enrichment of our community. For more than 50 years, the Washington County Museum has provided community members and visitors an opportunity to experience and understand the richness of our area’s histories and cultures.

 FMI: email info@washingtoncountymuseum.org or call 503.645.5353.

Earlier Event: July 11
Opening Reception: Carolyn Pettitt
Later Event: July 12
Steampunk: An Art Invitational