ArtWalk returns with many new attractions

June 1, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

The second ArtWalk of the season is June 4.

Al Price and his blue grass band, the VZ Valley Boys, are among the artists who will perform from 6:30-9 p.m. June 4 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center during its open mic-night. The performances coincide with the DownTown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk. Contributed

Up, down and around Front Street and Gilman Village businesses and local arts organizations will be open late, so you can delight in sculptures, paintings, entertainment and crafts. The hours for ArtWalk are 5-9 p.m.

“It’s a chance to get out and cut loose on a Friday night with live music,” said ArtWalk organizer Michael Johnson, of the DownTown Issaquah Association. “It’s become a big social thing for our residents. They come to hang out, go to restaurants, sit outdoors and chat with friends.”

ArtWalk is full of hidden jewels on and off the main boulevard, Johnson said. His advice: Take the path less traveled or take a few steps further to see what artful treasures you can find.

At Gilman Village, listen to two bands — Nicholas Drummand and Hejira, a world music band — while strolling through the endless A-frame artworks by Donald Hausken.

There are other artists and galleries, like Revolution Gallery, in the village as well.

On Front Street, stop by UpFront Gallery, 48 Front St. N., from 6-9 p.m. to see the latest Collective Works exhibition, featuring five local artists — Etsuko Ichikawa, Margie Livingston, Carol Milne, Milenko Matanovic and June Sekiguchi.

The theme of the exhibition is Linear Progression, an Unconventional Approach to Line. The exhibit expresses how line is a fundamental element of art and how it has the power to describe an image, a story, feeling or thought, artEAST Executive Director Karen Abel wrote in an e-mail.

“I will say the Collective Works exhibit is an exceptional show,” Abel said. It is “very unique.”

If you miss the presentation at ArtWalk, you can stop by the gallery through June 27 to see it.

ArtEAST is also holding an important community reception at Lewis Hardware, 95 Front St. N. There, organizers will unveil a plan to lease the former store to open a community art center, something they have had as a goal since their inception.

To lease the building they need to raise $20,000 Abel said, which they are hoping to do by June 11 with the community’s help during ArtWalk.

At the Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., see Tiger Mountain Community High School student’s present their art pieces — like a mural, glass works, and ceramic pottery and masks — developed throughout the year with the school’s art docents.

At Centennial Park, at the intersection of Front Street North and Rainier Boulevard, see Nicole Stremlow Monahan’s uniquely painted coffee tables or check out Jodie Sarah Masiwchuk, a cartoonist, in front of Stella Vintage, 195 Front St. N. There’s also a jeweler at Mint Salon, 68 E. Sunset Way.

Catching the show put on by glass artists at the glowing furnaces at artbyfire, 195 Front Street N., is a must.

For music, catch Fridrich and the Something at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, and Background Noise at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.

Head over to Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, for an open mic-night from 6:30-9 p.m. and share your own art with others.

Get there between 6:50 and 7:15 p.m. to enjoy the musical stylings of the VZ Valley Boys. Other great local artists — like Fred Hopkins and the Studebaker Dance Band, and Train Wreck, as well as solo artists Bob Brock, Lee Haro and Gordon Birse — will also perform.

Each artist will perform for about 10 minutes each until 9 p.m.

The event is open to the public; light snacks and beverages will be provided.

With a free limo between Front Street and Gilman Village, there shouldn’t be any reason not to hit both, Johnson said.

The limo picks up at the Issaquah Library, at the intersection of Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Dogwood Street, and at Gilman Village.

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