Grey Raven Gallery Artist Martin Conley Sculpts Birds for Hagg Lake


Martin Conley surveys bird sculptures at Hagg Lake pavilion

Washington County Sculptor Martin Conley’s Art Featured at Hagg Lake Pavilion

This summer, in addition to helping curate art for Grey Raven Gallery and working on new sculptures for various galleries, Martin Conley was tabbed by Washington County Parks to design, carve and paint nine bird sculptures for a protected atrium area of a picnic pavillion at the Sain Creek Recreation Area at Hagg Lake.

Conley Sculpts Birds for Hagg Lake
Nine Birds Patrol the Skies inside Pavillion at Sain Creek Recreation Area

The nine birds suspend from beams around the ceiling of the large covered area. Each is distictly painted and hangs at a slightly different angle to suggest the flight of local waterfowl.

Home to Henry Hagg Lake, Scoggins Valley Park is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and operated by Washington County Parks. The 2,500 acre park features two boat launching facilities, over 14 miles of multi-use trails, an 18 hole disc golf course, and numerous picnic areas. The physical address of the Park is 50250 SW Scoggins Valley Road, Gaston, OR 97119.

There is no charge to visit the park. However: to park a vehicle, a parking pass is required: $7 daily pass ($5 for seniors 55+ and veterans)
$60 annual pass ($40 for seniors and veterans).

Attend the Public Celebration for the Exhibit at Hagg Lake

An official unveiling of the birds is scheduled for a public event at the Sain Creek Recreation Area featuing park officials and Martin Conley on Tuesday, September 12 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the lake. More information may be found at the Washington County Parks website. The map below shows the location of the Sain Creek Recreation Area in relation to the park. The park requires a parking pass for day use. If you are planning to attend, take the first left, cross over the dam, and proceed past the disc golf course and across Sain Creek to the recreation area.

Hagg Lake Map to Sain Creek Recreation Area

Grey Raven Gallery and Conley Promote Public Art Installations

Martin Conley is no stranger to public art exhibitions. Conley has participated in a number of public art projects (including a brood of painted chickens at the Golden Road Arts studio in Hillsboro), with one of the most recent being an installation of a reclaimed wood mural at Reedville Elementary School in Hillsboro. 



Why Access to Free Art Matters for Young People

Art has been shown to have many positive benefits for children, both in their earlier years and as they continue to grow. Here are just some of the advantages of providing free, accessible art events and lessons to young people.

  • Art events can promote creativity and self-expression.
  • Art aids in the development of fine motor skills.
  • Art can improve emotional well-being and reduce stress.
  • Art events encourage children to develop social skills and work in a group.
  • Art education enhances learning in science, math, history and other subjects.
  • Art increases cultural awareness and builds an understanding of diversity.
  • Art can help improve problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

As you can see, the benefits of attending art events and taking part in lessons will extend far beyond the immediate gratification of the artistic process. Join us this summer and let your child ignite a love for art that will contribute in many ways throughout their life.

Join Us for Free Art Events and Exhibitions in Beaverton

Grey Raven Gallery hosts a range of art events and exhibitions at our home in Beaverton, Oregon. To access our current schedule of events, take a look at our website or contact us directly. Call (503) 596-2187 for assistance, and view our online art gallery today.


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