ArtEAST brings visual arts to Salmon Days

September 30, 2014

ArtEAST Art Center wants to get Eastside residents hooked on art through a variety of free activities at this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Hands-on activities will happen and innovative displays have been set up at the artEAST gallery, 95 Front St. N.

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artEast Art Outside Plein Air Festival

July 22, 2014

Art goes outdoors for new weeklong festival

July 15, 2014

ArtEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council have separately done their parts to support and enliven the local arts community. Now, the two groups have combined efforts to present the area’s first ever Art Outside festival.

The weeklong festival that started July 11. It combines five events from the two organizations and lasts through July 20. ArtEAST Executive Director Karen Abel said combining forces with the Issaquah Highlands Council for the festival is a match made in heaven.

“ArtEAST has always been about supporting artists getting involved with the community and the Highlands Council wanted a way to get the community involved with art at their annual festival,” Abel said.

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

One of the artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out is Arlon Rosenoff, who painted this painting, ‘Sun dress.’

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ArtEAST auction offers original artwork

April 29, 2014

Online bidding and affordable pricing have made artEAST Art Center’s annual 150 Feet of Art Auction and Fundraiser a popular annual event.

This year’s 150 Feet auction, the eighth annual, begins May 2, and culminates with a celebration at the Art Center, 95 Front St. N., from 5-8 p.m. May 17.

The 150 Feet of Art auction is juried art donated by artEAST members and guest artists. Bidding and purchases help raise art programming funds for artEAST, a nonprofit art center that brings art exhibitions, hands-on workshops and public events to residents of Issaquah and surrounding communities.

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ArtEAST to debut ‘Women of Persia’ exhibit in the Highlands

April 15, 2014

Contemporary Americans might not recognize names like Artemisia, a female commander in the ancient Persian navy; Farah Pahlavi, empress of Iran until 1979; or Shirin Ebadi, the woman who won Iran’s first Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

But artist Farshad Alamdari hopes women who view his work will recognize aspects of themselves in his paintings inspired by women in Persian history.

The paintings in Alamdari’s “Women of Persia” series will be on display at Blakely Hall through May 30. An artist reception is April 19. The exhibition and reception are presented by artEAST in partnership with the Issaquah Highlands Council.

Alamdari, a native of Iran, trained at the Gage Academy of Art after relocating to Seattle from England, where he had a 25-year career in architecture.

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Perambulation of the oenophiles

February 4, 2014

Downtown wine walk returns for third season

One of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s main goals is getting more people to enjoy activities in the downtown corridor.

The association hit upon an idea that has grown in popularity and returns for its third season Feb. 7 — the Wine Walk Series.

By Greg Farrar Wine steward Troy Etley (left) pours a Columbia Valley merlot from Lodmell Cellars for local Issaquah resident Dan Menser in 2012, as visitors on Front Street enjoyed wine tastings, snacks and live music during the Downtown Issaquah Association’s inaugural Wine Walk. The annual event is now in its third year.

By Greg Farrar
Wine steward Troy Etley (left) pours a Columbia Valley merlot from Lodmell Cellars for local Issaquah resident Dan Menser in 2012, as visitors on Front Street enjoyed wine tastings, snacks and live music during the Downtown Issaquah Association’s inaugural Wine Walk. The annual event is now in its third year.

The formula takes equal parts wine tastings, arts and crafts demonstrations and live music and blends them together for an adults-only crowd. DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said the combination has proven to be a success, filling a need in a section of the calendar left neglected in the past.

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ArtWalk season continues Aug. 2

July 30, 2013

The 12th annual season of Issaquah ArtWalk continues from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 2.

ArtWalk is the first Friday of the month June through September. Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

This ArtWalk includes the opening of the Rookery art exhibition and artwork from summer teen camps at artEAST Art Center. Kids can enjoy animal-themed arts projects when Menagerie takes over in artEAST Artist Alley. Enjoy clay making at Museo Art Academy and printmaking in the park, compliments of Museo. Witness glassblowing at its finest by artbyfire. There will be dancing in the streets at artEAST Artist Alley when Blue Dog Dance in Renton brings its dance troupe to showcase some hip-hop talent.

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ArtEAST Art Center debuts new festival

July 16, 2013

Show your colors and artistic talent at the first annual Arts Festival by Issaquah’s artEAST Art Center. The event includes classes, guest artists, family events and exhibitions by artists and students, many of which revolve around the festival’s theme of “Menagerie.”

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. July 23 with a class about natural world silk painting and ends with a public art walk Aug. 2. The festival is open to people of all ages.

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