January 24, 2012
Virtually every month for six years, Issaquah’s artEAST Center has put together a different themed exhibit with entries from members and invited artists.
Just in time for St. Valentine’s Day, the coming monthly exhibit is “Love Songs!” with works from 17 artists reflecting the lyrics and moods of various classics love ballads, said Sally Penley, a calligrapher and painter who makes her home in Olympia.
Penley also is a member of artEAST and the curator for “Love Songs!” She noted that, importantly in her mind, “Love Songs!” is a juried show, which generally means works were reviewed before being accepted into the show.
For the coming exhibit, Penley and others created a “playlist” from which artists could draw their inspiration.
January 17, 2012
Adding to its list of events to draw more visitors to downtown, the DownTown Issaquah Association announces First Friday Wine Walk from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 3.
Wine Walk, following other popular events such as ArtWalk and a zombie invasion, will feature boutique wine tasting at six locations up and down Front Street.
“It should be fun,” said Karen Donovan, the association’s executive director. “I’m excited.”
Wineries will include Lodmell Winery in Walla Walla; Woodinville’s Smasne Cellars; and, Castillo de Feliciana. Several Wine Walk locations will feature live entertainment to include acoustic guitarist “Uncle Phil” Hansen; guitarist and composer Angelo Pizarro; vocal group Bodacious Ladyhood; and, pianist Meg Mann.
January 10, 2012
Local truck driver is recognized for safety milestone
Cheryl M. Wilson, of Issaquah, has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for eight years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.
Wilson has been driving professionally for eight years and currently hauls general freight.
The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by Shell Rotella and is designed to recognize and reward OOIDA members for their safe, accident-free years while operating a commercial vehicle. Safe driving awards are available to all eligible OOIDA members who qualify based upon the number of years for which the member has operated a commercial vehicle without being involved in a preventable accident.
November 8, 2011
June Sekiguchi, a founding member of public art center artEAST, said every artist has unfinished pieces or unused bits of this or that sitting around their studios.
Mulling over that fact led her to the unusual idea for “Unfinished Business,” an original art display done in conjunction with artEAST and to be displayed at Issaquah’s University House retirement community beginning Nov. 12.
Essentially, artists were handed raw materials or uncompleted projects donated by other artists. Each artist was then asked to complete a finished piece with the provided materials.
The unused items covered a wide range of territory. One was a 5-foot-tall welded steel frame for a sculpture. Another contribution consisted of bits of broken glass.
“Some people got some very raw materials,” Sekiguchi said.
Seattle artist Kelly Lyles, a painter, ended up donating a bag of cocktail sticks with tops that resembled donkeys, apparently at the request of Sekiguchi. Lyles was excited to see what someone made of the items.
For her part, Lyles turned a partly finished canvas with a blue background into a whimsical painting of a hamster resting atop a can of Spam. The title: “Spamster,” of course.
Other Lyles works have names such as “Lays Potato Chipmunks.” A few of her other creations will be on display during “Unfinished Business” as Sekiguchi invited each artist to submit the specially made projects along with some of their other works.
November 1, 2011
“It’s alive, it’s lively,” said Gail Baker, one of dozens of area artists whose work decorates the walls and displays of the artEAST Art Center.
Baker added that artEAST provides a friendly atmosphere in which anyone can enjoy many different types of art, from various painting styles to pottery and sculptures. She said there is none of the exclusivity or pretentiousness that you might run into in other galleries.
Founded six years ago, the nonprofit artEAST opened the doors of its current gallery and teaching space at 95 Front St. N., on Nov. 1 of last year. An anniversary celebration and fundraiser will be held at the gallery Nov. 5.
“The move here was really a major step forward,” said Karen Abel, artEAST’s executive director.
October 25, 2011
Issaquah leaders often describe local qualities as treasures — a quaint downtown, mountain panoramas, historic buildings and more.
Local businesspeople describe such attractions as “tourism assets” all set for out-of-town guests to enjoy and, in the process, spend dollars in hotels and restaurants.
Issaquah Chamber of Commerce officials gathered representatives from local “tourism assets” Oct. 18 to discuss successes and opportunities to lure more tourists to the area.
Leaders from artEAST, Cougar Mountain Zoo, Village Theatre, and other Issaquah attractions and events, said attendance is strong, but sometimes people overlook local offerings.
“Tastin’ N Racin’ — unfortunately — is Issaquah’s best-kept secret,” event organizer Craig Cooke said. “Nationally, it’s not. There are events in 13 other states that have all called and patterned their event on what goes on on land and what goes on in water.”
Tastin’ N Racin’ attracts 20,000 people — and sometimes up to 50,000 — to Lake Sammamish State Park each June for hydroplane races and onshore offerings.
Other long-established attractions face a similar challenge in luring potential tourists.
October 18, 2011
ArtEAST presents the latest in its Artists in Action series, “How Do They Do That?” from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Up Front Gallery at the artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N.
The program involves the following artists demonstrating their crafts:
- Peggy Braeutigam — pastels
- Steph Mader — etched and fused glass
- JoAnna Bell — bead weaving
- Judy Salas — feather paintings
- Pandy Savage McVay — fused glass
- Carol Ross — painting
There will also be jazz music by guitarist Todd Fawcett and free refreshments.
Learn more at www.arteast.org.
August 30, 2011
QR code exhibition is designed to launch conversation
The latest exhibition from artEAST is a series of stark images — square and oblong patterns in a “Tetris”-esque arrangement against a colorless background.
The smartphone-equipped in-crowd recognizes the patterns as QR codes, barcodes designed for mobile devices to read.
Expect to see oversized QR codes along Front Street North as the spring- and summertime ArtWalk concludes Sept. 2. The nonprofit artEAST collective plans to deploy the codes to connect attendees to images and videos at the Art Center & Up Front Gallery and along the street during the event.
Seattle artists Stephen Rock and Nichole DeMent used QR codes to connect smartphone users to data and images during a spring exhibition in Seattle.
Now, the duo plans to offer a similar experience to ArtWalk attendees. Rock is creating a sculpture up to 12 feet tall designed to evoke building blocks — and covered in QR codes — for the event.
August 23, 2011
ArtEAST recently launched a redesigned website — www.arteast.org — with new features, including featured events on the home page, site-wide searche, a tag cloud, online forms, and easy access to its dynamic listings of workshops, exhibitions, the Up Front Gallery, volunteer opportunities, membership, artists and more.
July 5, 2011
Committee worked to find local artists of all ages for collection
Swedish/Issaquah will continue the medical center’s lauded promotion of healing through art. The new hospital features approximately 200 pieces by more than 60 Northwest artists — several of them from the Eastside — in the medical office building and emergency room.
“When patients become absorbed in a work of art, their bodies’ physiology actually changes, moving from sensations of stress and fear to feelings of relaxation and hope,” according to Swedish/Issaquah’s website.
“It’s pretty simple — art does heal,” volunteer chairwoman of the Art Committee Joyce Turner said. “It humanizes what could be a dehumanizing environment.”
A history and culture of art
Swedish Medical Center has embodied that philosophy since the 1960s, when then-Surgeon Medical Director and CEO Allan Lobb decided to incorporate art into the culture of the hospital.
Turner assumed Lobb’s artistic role when he retired in 1988. She has been adorning the walls and spaces of Swedish facilities ever since. The medical center’s art portfolio now numbers in the 2,000s.