ArtWalk returns tonight to downtown Issaquah

June 6, 2014

NEW — noon June 6, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns tonight for its 13th season.

The free event entices visitors to downtown from 6-9 p.m. Some of the region’s best artists will set up in 19 venues demonstrating their craft.

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Robotics Society promotes STEM

April 8, 2014

As the members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition held in March, it represented a win for thousands of district students.

In six short years, the robotics club raised awareness in the community and generated a wave of interest and demand for robotics among students in younger grades.

It’s also led to increased interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics class across the district, according to Dennis Wright, Issaquah School District director of career and counseling services.

Contributed Members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition in March.

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Members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition in March.

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Art sought for ArtWalk

March 18, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association invites artists of all types and styles to submit work to be juried for the 13th annual Downtown Issaquah ArtWalk season. The submission deadline is April 1.

The association welcomes emerging artists of all ages, as well as established professionals of the trade. Artists will be recognized with a People’s Choice Award and other awards throughout the season.

Last year, an estimated 10,000 people came into downtown Issaquah to see and purchase art, hear live music and support downtown.

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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.

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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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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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StoneFest comes to downtown ArtWalk

September 4, 2012

See stone carvers in action as StoneFest comes to ArtWalk and downtown Issaquah.

The annual event — presented by longtime local business Marenakos Rock Center — includes public events Sept. 7 at ArtWalk and Sept. 8.

Participants can see stone artists conduct carving demonstrations and display works at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., during ArtWalk. The free event runs from 5-8 p.m. at downtown Issaquah businesses and venues.

The following day, passers-by can admire the works and talk to stone carvers.

StoneFest is a gathering for people involved in building, designing, carving and creating objects with natural stone. Find the StoneFest daily schedule at www.stonefest.org.

ArtWalk features return of founding members Michael Johnson, Greg Spranger

July 31, 2012

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk returns from 5-9 p.m. Aug 3. The community is invited to enjoy art, music and more.

Dozens of artists will present their work along Front Street and in the shops. New this month, ArtWalk founding members Michael Johnson and Greg Spranger will display and sell their artistic creations at Pedestrian Park, at the southwest corner of Front Street and Sunset Way.

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ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on July 6

July 3, 2012

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s next ArtWalk is from 5-8 p.m. July 6.

Stroll the various businesses that host local and regional artists, including Artists in Action at the artEAST Artist Alley, and a wood carver at the historic Shell Station. ArtWalk venues include artbyfire, Centennial Park, Confetti Cupcake, Christian Science Reading Room, Eastside Audiology, Experience Tea, Fischer Meats, Hailstone Feed Store, Illuminate, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Issaquah Library, Mills Music, Museo Art Academy, Opus Bank and Thrive.

Scattered along the walking route are musical acts, including Acoustic Couti, Sold Only As Curio and the Kaleidoscope School of Music.

Event maps will be available in front of the library, 10 W. Sunset Way, and the historic Shell station, 232 Front St. N.

To accommodate the ArtWalk, Northwest Alder Place will be closed from First Place Northwest to Front Street from noon to 10 p.m.

Learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.

Denny Croston, backyard artisan, creates scrap-metal wonders

June 5, 2012

The artist collects railroad memorabilia and much of it is on display behind his house, including a restored 1921 Northern Pacific Railway caboose, traffic signs, light posts and a host of smaller items inside the railroad car itself. Photo by Ilona Idlis

Stepping inside Denny Croston’s world is as easy as walking onto his driveway.

The Issaquah artist’s home embodies all of the whimsy of his repurposed scrap metal sculptures. A visitor is immediately greeted by Poncho — a rusty gentleman with wrench arms and a “cute butt” — as well as army-helmet turtles and a horseshoe cactus before making it to the front porch. But the true wonderland is tucked behind the house.

Croston’s backyard is an eclectic medley of curiosities and creations. A huge red railroad car sits on the left, flanked by antique light posts and traffic signs. It took Croston two years to restore the 1921 Northern Pacific Railway caboose to its former glory and it’s the crown jewel of his railroad memorabilia collection.

Behind it, a shed teems with scrap-metal findings from junk yards and estate sales from all over Washington. A tree “yarn bombed” by local artist and friend Suzanne Tidwell casts shadows over the neatly trimmed hedges and fishpond on the right, while flowers made out of tractor parts peek through the greenery. Heaps of junk, rusting in the sunshine, punctuate the well-tended lawn.

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ArtWalk returns June 1 to downtown Issaquah

May 29, 2012

Head outside for the next ArtWalk on June 1.

The spring and summertime ArtWalk transforms local businesses into art galleries for the evening and enhances the vibrant arts scene in downtown Issaquah.

Participants can enjoy art, music and community spirit in downtown Issaquah. Watch artists in action at the artEAST Artist Alley. Share personal poems at the Poetry Machine. Listen to live music by Preheat, Ogre, Train Wreck and The Greg Glassman Trio.

Organizers expect more than 30 artists to present works on Front Street, at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., and at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

Participants can find event maps in front of the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, or at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Learn more about ArtWalk and the Downtown Issaquah Association, which organizes ArtWalk, at www.downtownissaquah.com. 

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