ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

By Staff

Who says 13 is unlucky?

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.

Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.

By Greg Farrar A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.

The free event entices visitors to downtown from 6-9 p.m. to view its main attractions through a whole new prism, one colored with art, music and community spirit.

ArtWalk first debuted in 2002 to bolster a sagging downtown scene. Since then, crowds have increased twelve-fold and the number of artists participating has tripled. Organizers estimate more than 10,000 people were drawn to last year’s four Fridays.

This season — June 6, July 4, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5 — some of the region’s best artists will set up in 19 venues demonstrating their craft. This year’s locations are: artbyfire, Centennial Park, Confetti Cupcake, Christian Science Reading Room, Eastside Audiology, Eastside Family Cosmetic Dentistry, Experience Tea, First Stage Theatre, Fischer Meats, Hailstone Feed Store, Illuminate, Issaquah Library, Issaquah Train Depot, Music & Arts Music Store, Opus Bank, Pedestrian Park, So There, YumE Yogurt and Village Theatre.

While art aficionados make their way among art venues, musicians will be provide an oasis of live performances. The season kicks off with music by Something in the Trees, Kaleidoscope School of Music, Dorian Blue and Acoustic Couti.

Participants can find event maps in front of the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, or at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.

Learn more about ArtWalk and the Downtown Issaquah Association, which organizes ArtWalk, at www.downtownissaquah.com.

 

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