Salmon Days crowds make world record attempt, send vendors home happy

October 5, 2015

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Oct. 5, 2015

More than 3,000 visitors to the 2015 Salmon Days may have helped set a world’s record for the largest number of people to take part in a paint-by-numbers project.

With the help of Issaquah’s artEAST and the Sammamish YMCA, Creative Children for Charity spearheaded the record effort.

By Greg Farrar Aariz Omer (left), 3, of Sammamish, paints one of the salmon on the artEAST poster with a helping hand from his mother Najia, as Zoeya, seven months old, looks on Oct. 3 during the world record-setting effort held for Salmon Days.

By Greg Farrar
Aariz Omer (left), 3, of Sammamish, paints one of the salmon on the artEAST poster with a helping hand from his mother Najia, as Zoeya, seven months old, looks on Oct. 3 during the world record-setting effort held for Salmon Days.

“We set a world’s record,” said Chaitra Vedullapalli, of Creative Children for Charity. “It’s pretty cool.” Read more

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Help break a world record during Salmon Days

September 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 17, 2015

Paint a fish and get in the Guinness Book of World Records.

That will be the chance offered to everyone who attends this year’s Salmon Days, Oct. 3-4.

Attendees are invited to stop by artEAST on Front Street, sign in and pick up a paintbrush. You can then use that paintbrush to color in any one of 2,900 numbered fish making up a temporary mural on the back walls of the community art gallery.

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Fantastic Fly-in takes off Sept. 12

September 3, 2015

NEW — 10:57 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

Expect to see more than your average paraglider landing Sept. 12 during the Fantastic Fly-In.

The Downtown Issaquah Association, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Lake Washington Partners, artEAST and Seattle Paragliding are partnering to launch the first event featuring paraglider floats and costumes at the paragliding landing zone on Tiger Mountain from 2-7 p.m.

DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said she was excited to work with Seattle Paragliding founder Mark Chirico to bring the event to fruition.

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4Culture awards equipment grants

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

4Culture’s Cultural Equipment program provided the following grants to local arts, heritage and preservation organizations to purchase equipment they need to do their best work: Read more

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ArtEAST presents parallel identity exhibits

August 22, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015 

“I Am,” an exhibit of art quilts by the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters, will be on display from Sept. 9 through Nov. 18 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Presented by artEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council, with support from 4Culture and the Issaquah Arts Commission, “I Am” explores the concepts of individual and community identity. The exhibition is curated by quilt artists Gwen Maxwell-Williams and Janice King. In addition to Maxwell-Williams, quilt artists represented in the exhibition include LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Lynn Hambie, Annie Harper, Oneda Harris, Cheryl Haskins, Erma Hill, Sheila Holmes, Luana Langford, Amy Pierce, Sharon Sobers and Kintisha Williams.

The exhibition will open with a day of free programming from 1-9 p.m. Sept. 12, with the following activities: Read more

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ArtEAST seeks unique holiday stockings for new exhibit

August 8, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 8, 2015

ArtEAST invites Puget Sound-area artists to participate in its “Think-Out-of-the-Box Sox Exhibition,” a show featuring unique holiday stockings.

The exhibit runs from Nov. 5 to Dec. 5. Designs can be traditional, sophisticated and elegant, sweet and whimsical, narrative, quirky, dark and Grinchy, or even a little twisted and off-kilter.

Your design can celebrate any holiday — as long as it bursts with artistic, box-busting cheer. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30. An opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7.

Learn more about the exhibition and see submission guidelines at

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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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ArtEAST hosts opening reception for collage exhibit tomorrow

July 22, 2015

NEW — 12:55 p.m. July 22, 2015

An opening reception for artEAST’s new exhibition “Layered Stories,” featuring the work of collage artists Anne La Fever and Liz Ruest, is from 6-8 p.m. July 23 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

A talk by the artists is at 7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 7.

Both artists share a common desire to create work containing compelling images that tell a story to the viewer. La Fever and Ruest use different methods to arrive at their final imagery, yet both artists’ work invites viewers to take a closer look and interpret the meaning for themselves.

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Highlands Council gets grant for art quilt project

July 16, 2015

The Highlands Council has been awarded a 4Culture 2015 Group Art Project Grant in the amount of $5,500.

The grant application was submitted with the help of artEAST Executive Director Karen Abel to fund new and enriching programming this fall when the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters exhibit inside Blakely Hall.

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ArtEAST still taking registration for summer camps

June 25, 2015

There is still time to sign up for artEAST’s youth summer camps.

Options include ceramics, printmaking, drawing, mixed media painting, watercolor, colored pencil and more. Small class sizes ensure a lot of one-on-one time with working artist instructors.

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