Biggest season ever of ArtWalk concludes Sept. 6

September 3, 2013

By Kristine Kim

The last ArtWalk of the season is Sept. 6.

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s event brings hundreds of visitors to Issaquah the first Friday of the month June through September. People meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

Karen Abel, executive director of artEAST, a local nonprofit art center that has participated in the event since the center’s inception, has participated both as a selling artist and with artEAST.

“Issaquah has a great community vibe,” Abel said. “On those evenings, it’s about more than the sum of the parts. It’s about the wonderful buzz and upbeat, authentic community vibe.”

The event includes artwork by various art studios and local artists. Visitors can view works while grooving to tunes of local musicians performing a range of genres — a fusion of salsa drumming and East Indian ragas, and rock and blues.

Abel said that a mission of artEAST is to use visual arts to “enliven and support the community.

“ArtWalk is a key element that allows us to do that,” she said. “It’s a key platform that allows us to reach out and bring family friendly art to the public.”

This year’s ArtWalks have already hosted a higher number of local artists thanks to the expanded outreach by the Downtown Issaquah Association, according to Executive Director Karen Donovan. The association now hosts about 60 local artists, including high school students and the elderly, an expansion in the number of artists and the age range from past years.

“Our list just keeps getting bigger,” Donovan said.

Visitors can expect ArtWalk to be a great way to get out, enjoy the evening and gain a sense of energy.

“I like the music and the dancing,” Donovan said when asked about her favorite part of the summer’s monthly event. “We close off Northwest Alder now, and we have artists in there, music in there and dancing in there as well.”

This time, Donovan said there would be Bollywood dancers with the Indian music. The dancing starts at 7 p.m.

“It’s a great event. We’re just proud to be able to host it for 12 years,” Donovan said.

If you go

Final 2013 ArtWalk

  • 46-9 p.m. Sept. 6
  • Downtown Issaquah
  • Get maps for ArtWalk at


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