ArtWalk returns Friday to downtown and Gilman Village

June 1, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. June 1, 2011

ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on Friday.

The event is 5-8 p.m. along downtown streets and in Gilman Village.

In rain or shine, regional artists set up temporary shows in downtown businesses and on street corners for the evening.

On Friday, Museo Art Academy opens a new studio, 111 Front St. N. The location offers more exposure for the organization.

“Now we are on the corner at street level in this amazing 100-year-old building that is a historic icon. We have wide sidewalks for demonstrations, we are in the middle of all the action,” Marci Knutsen, owner and director, said in a news release.

ArtWalk also marks the debut of “The Poetry Machine” — a creative, innovative, interactive art experience anchored in the creative writing process.  Find the project inside the artEAST Community Art Center, 95 Front St. N.

In “The Poetry Machine,” an ATM-like machine houses a concealed poet who uses contributed words and transforms them into a short piece of poetic art. The machine is the brainchild of journalist and writing workshop facilitator Reisha Holton, of Sammamish.

“When I heard of this idea, I knew I wanted to add it to Issaquah’s art menu,” she said in a news release. “It’s a little wacky, and I like that. It’s street art, like sidewalk chalk drawings, just with words, and for people and poets of all ages and backgrounds. ‘The Poetry Machine’ instantly gives you the chance to create art with your words.”

ArtEAST is also hosting the opening receptions for SAMMI Awards Art Collection — a part of the 2011 SAMMI Awards program, honoring volunteers and citizens who help build the community of the Sammamish Plateau and surrounding areas.

Find event maps at information booths at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., and at Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. A complimentary limousine shuttle from 5-8 p.m. picks up visitors on the corner of Sunset Way and Front Street at the Issaquah Library and drops them off in main parking lot in front of Gilman Village.

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