ArtWalk returns for 10th season
May 3, 2011
By David Hayes
The DownTown Issaquah Association’s 10th annual ArtWalk season kicks off May 6. The popular event, the first Friday of every month through September, invites visitors to meet local business owners, enjoy free music, watch artists in action, and shop and dine in downtown Issaquah after normal business hours.
ArtWalk draws hundreds of visitors to traditional art destinations such as artEAST’s Art Center and the newly expanded Museo Art and Design School on Front Street. In addition, nontraditional locations open their doors to the event throughout downtown Issaquah and Gilman Village.
Typically, the event ran from 5-9 p.m. in the past. But by popular request, that has changed.
“The event now runs from 5-8 p.m. with a soft close at 8,” said Annique Bennett, cultural events coordinator for the DownTown Issaquah Association. “Those with signs out front of their businesses can now pull them in and go home at 8, or they can choose to stay open as long as they want to.”
For May, artEAST opens a new exhibit, “150 Feet of Art,” at Up Front Art. More than 100 pieces of art on one-square-foot canvases will be displayed and available for purchase during the monthlong auction.
Returning as hosts of artist locations this year are both the Village Theatre’s rebuilt First Stage and its Mainstage lobbies. New locations added to the tour route include the new downtown locations of Amante Pizza and Pasta, and Curves For Women Issaquah, and in Gilman Village at the Issaquah Coffee Co. Bennett, however, said she is most excited about getting Mills Music involved this year.
“They couldn’t pay overtime to get their employees to stay for the event,” Bennett explained. “So a group of employees volunteered to stay. That was a big deal.”
In addition to art displays ArtWalk also features demonstrations, such as glass blowing at artbyfire. And keeping the toes tapping as they walk from one venue to the next is free music at several locations. The lineup includes The Studebakers, student bands from Kaleidoscope School of Music, Dorothy Hay and the Issaquah Singers, Charlie Spring and the Train Wrecks at Gilman Village.
Should visitors get hungry while strolling the ArtWalk route, offering meals will be Amante Pizza and Pasta, Fins Bistro, Flying Pie Pizzeria and Vino Bella Wine Bar. Gilman Village features hot java and snacks at the Issaquah Coffee Co. with music and outdoor art displays.
Event maps are available at information booths located at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., and at Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. A complimentary limousine shuttle from 5-8 p.m., sponsored by Gilman Village, will pick up and drop off visitors on the corner of Sunset Way and Front Street at the Issaquah Library and pick them up or drop them off in the main parking lot in front of Gilman Village.
Bennett said attendance for Issaquah’s ArtWalk has grown each year, culminating with more than 1,200 people in attendance at last season’s finale.
If you go
5-8 p.m. May 6
2011 ArtWalk participants
- Museo Art and Design School
- Up Front Gallery at artEAST
- Fin’s Bistro
- Flying Pie Pizzeria
- Fischer Brothers Meat
- Village Theatre Mainstage and First Stage
- Amante Pizza and Pasta
- Vino Bella
- Issaquah Library
- Mills Music
- The Painted Lady Studio
- Watts Properties
- Eastside Audiology
- The Christian Science Reading Room
- Issaquah Coffee Co.
- Revolution Gallery
David Hayes: firstname.lastname@example.org, 392-6434, ext. 237. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.