Exhibit open: July 12 – August 30, 2018
Preview Reception: Wednesday, July 11 from 5:30 – 8:00pm
Demonstration Day Event: August 30
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: C. Morgan Kennedy, 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 . 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 styles 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!
“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 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.
The one-night-only opening party on July 11th includes a live Tesla-inspired electrical
demonstration by Don Anderson, delicious tea and specialty snacks generously provided by
Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium, and DJ Powerless on the gramophone. Entrance is only $5 for
the public and FREE for museum members!
For the Steampunk Demonstration Day August on 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.
Washington County Museum is located on the PCC Rock Creek Campus:
17677 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR 97229
Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and summer Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm
For memberships, educational programs, family events and more:
Celebrating Culture, Creativity, Community & Life in Our Tualatin Valley