ArtWalk returns for 10th season

May 3, 2011

Pedestrians pause to admire art displayed at the former UP Front Gallery during ArtWalk last year. The gallery has since relocated down the street. File

The DownTown Issaquah Association’s 10th annual ArtWalk season kicks off May 6. The popular event, the first Friday of every month through September, invites visitors to meet local business owners, enjoy free music, watch artists in action, and shop and dine in downtown Issaquah after normal business hours.

ArtWalk draws hundreds of visitors to traditional art destinations such as artEAST’s Art Center and the newly expanded Museo Art and Design School on Front Street. In addition, nontraditional locations open their doors to the event throughout downtown Issaquah and Gilman Village.

Typically, the event ran from 5-9 p.m. in the past. But by popular request, that has changed.

“The event now runs from 5-8 p.m. with a soft close at 8,” said Annique Bennett, cultural events coordinator for the DownTown Issaquah Association. “Those with signs out front of their businesses can now pull them in and go home at 8, or they can choose to stay open as long as they want to.”

For May, artEAST opens a new exhibit, “150 Feet of Art,” at Up Front Art. More than 100 pieces of art on one-square-foot canvases will be displayed and available for purchase during the monthlong auction.

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Student rock bands booked to perform at library

April 27, 2010

The Kaleidoscope School of Music returns for its fourth year outside the Issaquah Library with five student rock bands to help kick off the DownTown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk.

Three teen bands and two adult bands will perform about 50 songs, covering classics from the ’60s to some of today’s modern rock.

Teacher Charles McCrone said the students have been rehearsing since October to get ready. The teen groups will perform 30- to 40-minute sets while the adult bands get one hour each.

“We’ll keep on performing until they stick a hook out and pull us off stage,” McCrone said.

McCrone started the rock ensemble classes at Kaleidoscope in 2001 and his students made their debut in 2004 at the Fenders on Front Street car show. Read more

Metal Man

February 23, 2009

Drummer misses fame with Alice in Chains; creates class for next generation of aspiring rockers

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Jeffrey McCormack points to Phil Cava-Pelton, 15, showing the rest of the Metal Shop class that the aspiring rocker finally got the right emotion into a session. By David Hayes

Looking back at the burgeoning Seattle music scene in the early ’90s, drummer Jeffrey McCormack, while not bitter, can’t help but wonder, “What if?”

McCormack’s tale is somewhat a replay of Pete Best’s. Before The Beatles shot to super stardom, they jettisoned Best in favor of Ringo Starr.

McCormack left on his own accord to pursue other musical interests, leaving a group of musicians that went on to grunge acclaim — Alice in Chains. Read more

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