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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ArtWalk returns with many new attractions

June 1, 2010

The second ArtWalk of the season is June 4.

Al Price and his blue grass band, the VZ Valley Boys, are among the artists who will perform from 6:30-9 p.m. June 4 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center during its open mic-night. The performances coincide with the DownTown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk. Contributed

Up, down and around Front Street and Gilman Village businesses and local arts organizations will be open late, so you can delight in sculptures, paintings, entertainment and crafts. The hours for ArtWalk are 5-9 p.m.

“It’s a chance to get out and cut loose on a Friday night with live music,” said ArtWalk organizer Michael Johnson, of the DownTown Issaquah Association. “It’s become a big social thing for our residents. They come to hang out, go to restaurants, sit outdoors and chat with friends.”

ArtWalk is full of hidden jewels on and off the main boulevard, Johnson said. His advice: Take the path less traveled or take a few steps further to see what artful treasures you can find.

At Gilman Village, listen to two bands — Nicholas Drummand and Hejira, a world music band — while strolling through the endless A-frame artworks by Donald Hausken.

There are other artists and galleries, like Revolution Gallery, in the village as well.

On Front Street, stop by UpFront Gallery, 48 Front St. N., from 6-9 p.m. to see the latest Collective Works exhibition, featuring five local artists — Etsuko Ichikawa, Margie Livingston, Carol Milne, Milenko Matanovic and June Sekiguchi.

The theme of the exhibition is Linear Progression, an Unconventional Approach to Line. The exhibit expresses how line is a fundamental element of art and how it has the power to describe an image, a story, feeling or thought, artEAST Executive Director Karen Abel wrote in an e-mail.

“I will say the Collective Works exhibit is an exceptional show,” Abel said. It is “very unique.”

If you miss the presentation at ArtWalk, you can stop by the gallery through June 27 to see it.

ArtEAST is also holding an important community reception at Lewis Hardware, 95 Front St. N. There, organizers will unveil a plan to lease the former store to open a community art center, something they have had as a goal since their inception.

To lease the building they need to raise $20,000 Abel said, which they are hoping to do by June 11 with the community’s help during ArtWalk.

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Revolution stays open with new owner

April 6, 2010

Laura Scheuffle has loved the arts since she could hold a crayon. So now, at age 56, she couldn’t pass the opportunity to keep the Revolution Art Gallery open.

Previous owner Penny Humphreys was literally one day from closing the store, a venue for about 80 artists to showcase and offer their hand-made art. Scheuffle said she fell in love with the gallery and couldn’t bear to see it close.

“I wanted to keep a venue alive for these 80 artists and keep this gem of a showcase going,” Scheuffle said.

The 1971 graduate of Issaquah High School has a history of starting entrepreneurial ventures. She founded and operated an English conversation school in Japan in 1975. When Scheuffle moved back to the states in 1980, she opened her second venture a year later — the Montessori Preschool in Renton, which remains open to this day. Read more

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