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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ArtEAST debuts new exhibit ‘Crossing Threads’

June 3, 2015

ArtEAST presents “Crossing Threads” — a contemporary exhibit of textile works by artists Lynne Rigby and Maura Donegan.

Donegan and Rigby take the beauty of the traditional crafts of lacemaking and felting, and translate them into 21st century art.

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Opening reception for artEAST exhibit Crossing Threads is tonight

May 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 29, 2015

ArtEAST presents Crossing Threads — a contemporary exhibit of textile works by artists Lynne Rigby and Maura Donegan.

Donegan and Rigby take the beauty of the traditional crafts of lacemaking and felting, and translate them into 21st century art.

The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. May 29 at the artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N. Join the conversation and hear from the artists at 7 p.m. July 16.

Crossing Threads is on display through July 26.

Learn more about the exhibition and artEAST at arteast.org.

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ArtEAST welcomes new author, painter exhibition May 13

May 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 12, 2015

ArtEAST Exhibitions at Blakely Hall presents “Journey of a Thousand Smiles,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Vikram Madan.

The opening reception is from 7-8:30 p.m. May 13, at Blakely Hall, 2550 Park Drive N.E., Issaquah Highlands.

Vikram returns to Blakely Hall for a poetry reading and signing of his latest book, “The Bubble Collector,” at 4:30 p.m. June 12.

Learn more at www.arteast.org.

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Popular Wine Walk adds Author Fest

April 28, 2015

The fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Association Wine Walk series continues May 1.

The association’s first Friday event is from 6-9 p.m. and features samples of regional vintners, live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, and snacks, all within easy walking distance along Front Street.

This month, the association is collaborating with the Issaquah Library and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association for the first annual Author Fest. The new feature kicks off in the library meeting room with the following schedule: Read more

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Issaquah Wine Walk has live music, lively boutiques

March 3, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s first Friday Wine Walk returns for its second week of 2015 on March 6.

Support the local community with live music, art happenings, snacks and local boutique wines poured in several destinations along Front Street.

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Downtown association’s Shop Small program connects the community

November 25, 2014

“You get out and support your community, the dollars stay local and you find unique items you won’t find elsewhere,” said Karen Donovan, chairwoman of the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Inside her White Horse Toys in Gilman Village, owner Debra Lewis said there are mass-market products and there are specialty markets.

“We try to stick with the specialty items,” she said, adding that bigger chain stores or online retailers can’t match her in terms of customer service and overall shopping experience.

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Stream of Dreams

November 5, 2014

Permanent fish mural guides the way for drivers, students

What first appeared to be a colorful display for Salmon Days attendees is actually an education project that will last for hopefully a decade or more.

All Issaquah Valley Elementary School students, from preschoolers to fifth-graders, have a fish on the Stream of Dreams.

It was a “massive volunteer effort,” according to Tiffany Aske, who co-chaired the project with Leah Gibson. They were inspired by a similar mural project at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle, and coached through it by the Canadian-based Stream of Dreams Murals Society.

by Greg Farrar Fish swim in swirls (above) on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Fish swim in swirls on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

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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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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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