The Downtown Issaquah Association is hosting their 15th annual ArtWalk on Friday, August 5th. Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah. ArtWalk draws hundreds of visitors into downtown Issaquah by placing artists into local businesses and on the streets. The ArtWalk enhances the already vibrant arts scene in Downtown Issaquah including the unique artEAST Art Center and ArtByFire glassblowing studio.
ArtWalk features dozens of talented artists with art ranging from jewelry, photography, paintings, glass and metal work, sculpture and more. In addition to art, you won’t want to miss the amazing musical performances and entertainment throughout the downtown area.
artEAST will be hosting Art Alley on West Alder Street will be filled with free art for kids and adults including easel painting, paper mache mask making, colored pencil projects, Jaipur printing, mini sculptures and ceramics. Inside artEAST you can try your hand at a clothed figure drawing session with our supportive figure drawing group.
Explore the art of over 80 local artists inside artEASt’s gallery showcasing our very first Artist in Residence Lindsay Peyton and our front window houses a special display of work by watercolor artist and instructor, Janis Smith.
Art by Fire is offering walk-in glassblowing to make ornaments. Professional artist-instructors from Museo Art Academy will be hosting a FREE art activity for kids and teens. Stop by their booth in Pedestrian Park and get ready to let your imagination run wild! They’ll help you create a whimsical mini creature in colorful polymer clay.
Enjoy a front row seat for the creative process at our Live Painting station. Our guest artist, Andrew Miller, will create an original work for each of the Art Walk events. Andrew Miller is a Seattle-born artist specializing in hand-painted photography. Miller adds vibrant colors and layers with the existing imagery, creating an imaginary perception in each piece. He has been showing his work regularly since 2005 with an expansive collection of films, illustrations, paintings, sculptures and murals.
Art Walkers can eat, drink and be merry with several downtown restaurants and cuisines to choose from including Italian, Indian, Asian, Mexican, Barbeque, Gastro Pubs and wine bars.
ArtWalk venues include Art By Fire, artEAST Gallery, First Stage Theatre, Historic Shell Station, Issaquah Library, Pedestrian Park, Yum-E Yogurt, Revolve Consignment, The Historic Train Depot, The Studio, Nektar, Village Theatre and Experience Tea.
FEATURED MUSIC AUGUST 5th 6-9pm
Historic Train Depot
Norman Baker was 13 the first time he performed on stage with fellow Backroads band mate Michael Muir. They sang and played Beatles and CCR while sitting in with the band their dad’s were in together. 20 years later their harmonies and guitar work continue to weave seamlessly through timeless original rootsy compositions as if their lives depend on it.
Nolan Garrett was raised on a steady diet of Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Alice In Chains and The Black Keys. Tacoma’s Nolan Garrett is just as accomplished as a fiery axe-slinger as he is an ambitious songwriter. For an artist of any age, it’s surely an electrifying dichotomy, but considering Garrett is a mere 18-years-old, it suggests he’s nothing short of a modern day prodigy.
DANCE ON NE ALDER AUGUST 5th
7-9pm Strum (Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians) is a dedicated group of musicians (and just plain folks) who love “all things ukulele.” They are a hard rocking, hard touring ukulele band that plays songs that everyone loves and can sing along with. They will make you smile.”
Come on down and join in the fun. Event maps will be available at the Historic Shell Station at 232 Front Street or on line at http://www.downtownissaquah.com/