Artists to set frenetic pace at 24-hour art marathon

March 1, 2011

It’s a festival of ferocity and delight, described by one organizer as “madness and mayhem.”

The nonprofit arts outfit artEAST, created and driven by local artists, is demonstrating its gusto by holding a 24-hour workshop-presentation marathon of art starting March 3. The event is “a frenzy of art,” artEAST founding member Deby Harvey said.

The event reflects the organization’s mission of fostering and encouraging an artistic spirit in the community.

June Sekiguchi, who has contributed pieces such as ‘Pattern Play’ from her Ajrak Series to artEAST, will participate in 24 Hours of Art on March 3. Contributed

Harvey said the 14 participating artists will be expected to produce four pieces within 24 hours, beginning at 9 a.m. March 3. The finished pieces will then be sold at an auction — the biggest fundraiser of the year for the group — March 5. Proceeds will help edify artEAST’s place in the Issaquah art community.

Meanwhile, visitors are invited to interact with and observe the artists as they work. The event is free to the public.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about the mediums if they’re interested, to see how art comes to life,” Harvey said.

The event at the artEAST Art Center will also feature food, drinks and live music.

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Sculpture exhibition atop Cougar Mountain opens Saturday

July 9, 2010

Shirley Wiebe, of Vancouver, British Columbia, builds her ‘Broken Arrow’ sculpture Thursday at Radar Park on Cougar Mountain, as Center on Contemporary Art Curator David Francis stops by to see her progress. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 6 a.m. July 9, 2010

Sculptures sprouted in the Issaquah Alps on Thursday, as artists assembled a temporary exhibition at a trailhead and a defunct missile base atop Cougar Mountain.

King County Parks and Recreation collaborated with Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art to install more than a dozen sculptures at Anti-Aircraft Peak and the Sky Country Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The temporary exhibition — called “Overgrowth & Understory” — runs from Saturday until Oct. 2. The parks department and CoCA plan a public reception at Anti-Aircraft Peak from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

Though park goers can take up to four hours to see the entire exhibition, a shorter walking tour can be accomplished in as few as 15 minutes.

Before the county turned the land into a park, the U.S. Army maintained a Nike Ajax missile site on the mountain to protect the Puget Sound region from possible Soviet attack — hence the name Anti-Aircraft Peak.