ArtWalk returns again tomorrow night

August 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk returns Aug. 7.

Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

ArtWalk features talented artists with art ranging from jewelry and photography to paintings and metal work. There will also be kids’ art activities sponsored by artEAST and Artitudes.

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Issaquah sisters invited to dance in Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 5, 2015

NEW —  6 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Discover Scottish Dance USA has announced that 14 American Scottish Highland Dancers will pack their bags, dance shoes and costumes to perform in the 66th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the world’s most prestigious global presentations.

From Aug. 7-29, the U.S. dancers will join bagpipers, drummers, singers and other dancers from four continents in a daily presentation that entertains an annual onsite audience of 220,000 and an at-home audience of 100 million worldwide.

By Richard Ochs Katie (left) and Jennifer Ochs compete in the Sword Dance at the Sacramento Valley Open Championship in April.

By Richard Ochs
Katie (left) and Jennifer Ochs compete in the Sword Dance at the Sacramento Valley Open Championship in April.

This marks the first year American Scottish Highland Dancers have been invited to audition to perform in the Tattoo. One hundred and eighty-eight applicants from Scotland, Canada, Australia and the United States submitted audition videos, competing for 66 coveted spots. Read more

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Artful reflection

July 14, 2015

How art, Issaquah and flowers changed Carrie Schmitt’s life

Greg Farrar  Carrie Schmitt and Rainier, her  golden retriever/poodle mix, relax on a couch in the art studio room of her Squak Mountain hillside home.

Greg Farrar
Carrie Schmitt and Rainier, her golden retriever/poodle mix, relax on a couch in the art studio room of her Cougar Mountain hillside home.

Carrie Schmitt’s Cougar Mountain sanctuary sits at the end of a long, windy, tree-lined road.

Schmitt lounges in a front-facing room in her comfortable home — it is airy, bright and welcoming, with splashes of pastel-colored blossoms carefully painted on canvases adorning the white walls. Read more

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Celebrate the 14th year of ArtWalk

July 9, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 9, 2015

Celebrate the 14th season of ArtWalk next weekend.

Meet business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, experience children’s activities, shop and dine from 6-9 p.m. July 10 and Aug. 7.

ArtWalk draws hundreds of visitors to historic downtown by inviting artists to local businesses and community streets. The events feature up to 50 talented artists with art including jewelry, photography, paintings, glass and metal work, sculpture and more.

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Issaquah schools seek student art for calendar

March 24, 2015

NEW — 3:35 p.m. March 24, 2015

Issaquah School District students are invited to submit their artwork for possible publication in the district’s 2015-2016 student art calendar.

The calendar is distributed free of charge to every family and staff member in the district. All current students are eligible to submit up to three pieces.

Art should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format through email attachments, and can be sent to Melissa Johnson at JohnsonM@issaquah.wednet.edu with the words “Art Calendar” in the subject line.

Be sure to include the student’s name, grade, school, and teacher, as well as parent name and email in your message. Make sure your digital pictures are taken straight on (eye level, not crooked) and without flash/lighting irregularities.  Read more

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

February 10, 2015

These seniors are Rotary Club of Issaquah Students of the Month.

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Public invited to Reflections art exhibit Jan. 13

January 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 11, 2015

Come be inspired by incredible artworks produced by Issaquah School District students.

Through visual arts, dance, music and literature, students have produced outstanding works reflecting on the theme “The world would be a better place if….”

The exhibition reception is from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Commons at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

The event is sponsored by the Issaquah PTSA.

 

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ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

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.

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Providence Marianwood celebrates 445 years of artistic experience

May 20, 2014

‘Bouquet,’ by 87-year-old Elsie Johnston, is one of the paintings in the Providence Marianwood show ‘Ageless,’ on display until May 31. Contributed

‘Bouquet,’ by 87-year-old Elsie Johnston, is one of the paintings in the Providence Marianwood show ‘Ageless,’ on display until May 31. Contributed

Providence Marianwood has a new show hanging in its gallery. “Ageless” features five local artists ranging in age from 87 to 92. Between them, the artists have 445 years of creative living.

The artists are all women. Their media include collage and oils, and their subjects include animals, nature and whimsy.

The oldest is Mary Tanji, 92. She came to love art late in life and began painting only five years ago.

“I love the freedom of creating or representing an object,” she said.

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ArtEAST hosts open call for art in new exhibit

March 4, 2014

ArtEAST has put out an open call for art in its new exhibit “Crow/Raven: Magic & Mystery.”

Wanted are 2-D and 3-D works pertaining to the theme, with crows and ravens being a source of artistic inspiration, scientific inquiry and fascination.

Accepted artwork is eligible for a $250 curator’s choice award. The show will be curated by Greg Bartol.

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