artEast Art Outside Plein Air Festival

July 22, 2014

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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Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
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“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

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ArtEAST to debut ‘Women of Persia’ exhibit in the Highlands

April 15, 2014

Contemporary Americans might not recognize names like Artemisia, a female commander in the ancient Persian navy; Farah Pahlavi, empress of Iran until 1979; or Shirin Ebadi, the woman who won Iran’s first Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

But artist Farshad Alamdari hopes women who view his work will recognize aspects of themselves in his paintings inspired by women in Persian history.

The paintings in Alamdari’s “Women of Persia” series will be on display at Blakely Hall through May 30. An artist reception is April 19. The exhibition and reception are presented by artEAST in partnership with the Issaquah Highlands Council.

Alamdari, a native of Iran, trained at the Gage Academy of Art after relocating to Seattle from England, where he had a 25-year career in architecture.

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Editorial

November 26, 2013

Shop Small, Shop Local comes to Issaquah

We have all heard the hype surrounding Black Friday, when big box retailers roll out their lowest sale prices of the year to kick off the holiday shopping season. And then there is Cyber Monday, the big day for online shopping orders.

But Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize the storefronts right in their own hometowns.

Building on the theme of Small Business Saturday, initiated by American Express in 2010, the catchier phrase Shop Small has become a nationwide movement. The Downtown Issaquah Association adopted the movement to get things rolling here, literally.

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RSVP now for candidate forum tonight

September 17, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 17, 2013

Meet mayoral and school board candidates tonight at a candidate forum at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands.

The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Highlands Council have partnered to organize the communitywide forum to provide businesses and residents with an opportunity to hear directly from candidates about the topics of creating a strong economy, education/workforce development and community success.

The forum will feature the candidates from the local races who have declared competitors, including mayoral candidates Fred Butler and Joe Forkner, and school board candidates Lisa Callan and Alison Meryweather.

The event format is organized by the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and will be moderated by Erin McCallum, of Strategic Campaign Group.

The forum is from 4-6 p.m. at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.  The public is invited, but RSVP is mandatory to ensure sufficient seating. Make your reservation here.