Let your creative energy flow at Chalk Art Festival

July 23, 2013

Issaquah is about to get a bit more colorful, thanks to the annual Chalk Art Festival.

This year, the festival, sponsored by the Issaquah Arts Commission, will hit the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center on July 30. From noon to 5 p.m., anyone can show up and create some art.

By Greg Farrar Audry Sammons (right) and her dad Bill show off their chalk-colored hands after working together on a work of sidewalk beauty during the 2012 Chalk Art Festival.

By Greg Farrar
Audry Sammons (right) and her dad Bill show off their chalk-colored hands after working together on a work of sidewalk beauty during the 2012 Chalk Art Festival.

According to Amy Dukes, the arts coordinator for the commission, most of the participants are elementary school age, although kids and adults of all skill levels come out to draw. Many are there just to doodle, while some come with a fully formed idea in mind, complete with sketches and outlines.

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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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Enter your art now for ‘Wondrous Stories’

June 11, 2013

ArtEAST is accepting submissions for “Wondrous Stories,” a narrative art exhibition.

Narrative art is a visual form of storytelling, according to a press release from artEAST. The artwork itself does not need to include words, but all artists are asked to submit a brief, written explanation of their story.

Submission deadline is midnight July 17. Get guidelines and a submission form at http://arteast.org/2013/05/call-wondrous-stories. The exhibit is Sept. 13 to Oct. 19.



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ArtEAST Rookery Project returns for another year

May 7, 2013

ArtEAST is bringing back the Rookery Project after a successful launch in 2012.

This year, artEAST curators Julie Rackley and Valaree Cox will guide the exhibit with their experience and unique perspective, according to a press release from artEAST.

Washington lakes play host to large populations of the indigenous great blue heron. ArtEAST continues to acknowledge Washington’s natural ecology and pay homage to this majestic bird with the Rookery Project 2013.

This year the “canvas” takes the form of one of three different silhouettes scroll-cut hardboard images by June Sekiguchi. You will be provided the scroll cut board upon your selection as an exhibitor.

Learn more and submit art for this project at www.arteast.org/2013/04/call-rookery-2013. Submission deadline is 8 p.m. May 13. Art will be exhibited Aug. 2-25.

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artEAST presents 150 Feet of Art

April 27, 2013

For the 7th year in a row, artEAST will bring the 150 Feet of Art to their art center on Front Street on April 27.
From 6 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a closing reception and a bidding frenzy on juried art by artEAST members and special guests. It is their biggest benefit auction of the year.
With $20 admission, according to their press release attendees will receive wine, food and fun. With tickets limited, they encourage those interested to come early and eager.
The artEAST Art Center is located at 95 Front Street. Find out more by calling 425-392-3191 or at artEAST.org.

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Providence Marianwood hosts 
‘Spring Approaches’ show

March 26, 2013

Three Issaquah institutions — Providence Marianwood skilled nursing home, the artEAST artists’ group and UP Front Gallery — are joining forces to bring artwork to the community.

The current show in the Marianwood gallery, entitled “Spring Approaches,” features work by artists from the UP Front Gallery in Issaquah. It is co-sponsored by Providence Marianwood and artEAST.

Issaquah artist Heidi Rose is showing several portraits of buildings from the local area. With watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil, Rose captures the remarkable and extraordinary beauty of seemingly common and everyday sights from the surrounding community — a red barn, a historic building and a chapel are among her subjects.

Contributed The dog portrait above is by Janis Smith. At top right is the Hailstone Feed Store by Heidi Rose. At bottom right is art by Erika Carter.

The dog portrait above is by Janis Smith. At top right is the Hailstone Feed Store by Heidi Rose. At bottom right is art by Erika Carter.

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Submit your art for ‘Being Human’ exhibit

March 12, 2013

Artists are invited to submit original works to artEAST’s exhibit “Being Human.”

The show is open to 2-D works in painting media such as oil, watercolor and acrylic, with a focus on contemporary traditional techniques. ArtEAST seeks work that shows solid foundational understanding of technique, composition, form and color.

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ArtEAST seeks submissions for 150 Feet of Art Auction

February 26, 2013

ArtEAST’s annual 150 Feet of Art Auction returns April 19, featuring literally 150 12-by-12-inch individual, original pieces of art from all media.

ArtEAST seeks submissions from the community for the exhibit.

Submissions must meet the following guidelines:

  • 12-by-12 wall-hung art in any media. Jewelry may be hung in frames supplied by the artist.
  • Works should be gallery-ready to hang.
  • Deadline for submission is 7 p.m. April 3
  • The work should have a minimum gallery value of $175. The goal is to sell the pieces at the auction between $300 and $500 with a $450 buy-it-now option.

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Cheers! Downtown Issaquah wine celebration returns

January 29, 2013

Revelers can sip, snack and shop as the Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk series returns.

The popular winter and springtime event launched last February to attract people to downtown merchants even as the weather turns gray and soggy. Organized by the Downtown Issaquah Association, merchants host musicians, and offer sips from Washington vintners and hors d’oeuvres, during the monthly event that launches Feb. 1.

Though the event is designed to appeal to oenophiles — the 1-ounce wine pours remain limited to the 21-and-older crowd — creativity is showcased in arts-focused downtown, too. Highlights at the opening event include demonstrations by master glass blower Lenoard Whitfield at artbyfire and artEAST’s latest exhibit, “Stitch,” at UP Front Gallery.

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SAMMI Awards seeks artists

January 15, 2013

Eastside artists can submit original 2-D artwork created between 2011 and the present for the 2013 SAMMI Awards Volunteer Recognition Celebration.

Organizers at the SAMMI Awards Foundation, in partnership with Issaquah’s artEAST Art Center, issued the call to local artists. Submitted artwork should have a strong visual quality that can be used to set the design themes and color tones for the celebration.

Learn more about the call for artwork at artEAST’s website, http://arteast.org/2012/11/call-2013-sammi-awards. The submission deadline is Jan. 22.

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