Late Summer at artEAST

August–September 2017

Need some art in your community? From camps and classes to exhibits & shows, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what we have for you this summer.

Summer Camps and Adult Courses

Enjoy the summer months making art at any age. We have Summer Camps for youth and teen students, beginner to intermediate and advanced choices for adults, and fun Art Nights Out in a variety of art forms. Spend an evening figure drawing, painting with watercolor, building ceramics and more.


Come participate! We’ve got festivals, art walks, and celebrations galore. Join us in downtown Issaquah on First Fridays in August and September for the summer Art Walks; finish up the summer in the Issaquah Highlands on Highlands Day, August 26.

Exhibits and Shows

Come and see: we’ve got lots of art on display. At artEAST, we’re putting a bird on it, with member art featuring our feathered friends. Our ink and paper show, W-Ink, is open at Blakely Hall for the summer, and a new show, Fantastical Worlds, is coming up in September. Back at artEAST, we’ll have more artists featured in our front window, Carol Ross and then Joanne Bohannon. Lots to see!

Here’s hoping you’re feeling inspired to get out and make some art. See you around this summer!



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Exhibit: “Put a Bird on It”

August 13 – October 1, artEAST Art Center

Reception Thursday, August 17, 6-8pm

Join us for this juried member show that celebrates our love for bird while also taking a playful approach to our traditional work.

What is it about birds that we all love so much? Is it the plumage that comes in so many colors or the personality of the scalawags that makes us laugh? Either way, we love them. The range of creativity in the art submitted for this show reveals just how much: lovely paintings of birds in their natural habitat, abstract Origami-shaped birds, bright birds in flight, a cow with text, and lots of color.

This show title has a bit of a double meaning. At face value the audience can see that all the art selected has a ‘bird on it,’ but among artists there is an inside joke that if you have an excellent painting and you want to make it even better, you ‘put a bird on it’ and it will sell right away. Whether this is true or not we will see. Since announcing the show we have been hearing about a “Portlandia” episode by the same title. Great minds think alike!

Exhibiting Members

Gail Baker, Katja Bakker, Julie Bazuzi, Pamela Beer, Monique Catino, Valaree Cox, Sarah Dalton, Carola Dopps, Krister Eide, Maureen Brogan Glidden, Beverly Hanson, Barbara Hennig, Wanda Hickman, Rachael Knight, Anne La Fever, Andrea Lewicki, Quianhan Lin, Vikram Madan, Victoria Raymond, Pamela Resnick, Kristy Swanson, and Linda Wentz.


Front Window Spotlight: Carol Ross

Our front window currently features the work of Carol Ross. Carol is an experienced artist who has worked in several mediums. In this profile, we talk with Carol about her journey as a painter. Her work is in the window until August 20th, and we also carry a body of her work in the gallery.

How did you get started as a painter?

My aunt was a professional painter and when I would visit her as a child I would watch her paint. Her studio was always such a magical place and the smell of linseed oil and turpentine seduced me at an early age. ‘Paint by Number’ kits were some of my favorite Christmas gifts.

You have shifted from traditional realism into more abstract work. How has that challenged you as an artist?

I have always moved back and forth between pure abstract and traditional landscape painting. Recently I have begun to merge the two forms which has been quite exciting for me.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I find inspiration all around me. I am now unable to look at any landscape without seeing it as a painting in my head.  I crop, shift, and move until I see the developed composition I want to paint. Sometimes it involves stopping the car on the side of the road. Sometimes it involves asking friends to send me the snapshot they may have posted on Facebook from their vacation. My niece was traveling through Montana and took a photo of the small town where she went to high school. It is now the subject of a new painting.

What do you most often admire in another artist’s work?

When I see a painting I love, I have a very visceral reaction. I get a gut feeling when I see a painting that has it all: composition, intrigue, and most of all an urgent need for me to keep looking at it. My first reaction is to want to know how they painted it. Then I move back and look at how they put it all together and eventually I am standing there in awe of every small decision they had to make to create a piece of art that in its final form moves me in some way.

What do you dream about painting?

I would love to try painting still life. There is some advance manipulation that a still life artist does when she determines the subject of her painting that is not as available when painting landscapes. It would be fun to see what choices I would make. What would my subject be? What narrative could I create with a few bottles and drapes?


Fall Art Courses for 2017

It’s time to get serious about art. Join us for courses this fall and expand your love of art.

Beginner to advanced, we have courses to bring your art to the next level. Discover a new art style, hone your current skills and experience the fun of an art night out with friends. There are so many great opportunities for art this fall at artEAST.

Adult Courses

“Be Brave, Bold and Quick: Gesture Figure Drawing”
Weekend intensive with Barbara Fugate, November 4 & 5, 10am-5pm, $270/$280
Member Salon: Art for Social Change
7-8:30pm Wednesday, October 18, free for members only
Members Only Studio Group
Mondays at 7pm or Thursdays at 1:45pm beginning September 7
$10 drop-in, members only
Ceramic Wheel Course
3-week course Saturdays, November 4, 11 & 18, 6-9pm, $150/$160
Colored Pencil
with Ekta Gupta, Thursdays beginning September 7, 12-1:30pm, $100/$110 monthly
Encaustic Fiber Collage
with Deborah Kapoor Saturday October 14, 10am-4pm, $105/115
Expressive Acrylic & Mixed Media
with Jacqui Beck 10am-4pm October 21 & 22, $202/$212
Felt Animals
with Elizabeth Jackson 12-1:30pm Saturday September 23, $45/$50
Felted Pumpkins
with Elizabeth Jackson 6:30-8:30pm Friday October 13, 45/$50
Figure Drawing
Mondays 9:30am-2pm, drop-in only
email for calendar and details


“Designing for Visual Dialog” 8-week Course
with Pamela Beer Wednesdays, September 6-November 1,
6:30-8:30pm, $260/$275
Oil Painting Course
with Linda Harold Thursdays beginning September 7,
6:30-8:30pm, $130/$140 monthly
Paint Dancing

with Gail Baker and Benjamin Wills
7-10pm Saturday, October 14 $55/$60
Painting from the Fire Within

with Gail Baker Sunday September 10, 10am-4pm $115/$125
Watercolor Sunday
with Priyanka Parmanand, Sunday October 15, 10am-12pm, $45/$50
Zentangle Introduction
with Juliette Fiessinger, 12-2pm, Fridays, September 15, October 3 or November 3, $45/$50

Art Nights Out

Clay Night Out
Fridays, September 22 or October 27
6:30-9:30pm, $55/$60
Figure Night Out
Friday,September 29, 6:30-8:30pm, $45/$50
Acrylic Paint Night Out

Friday, October 20, 6:30-9:30pm, $60/$65
Print Night Out
Saturday, September 9, 6:30-9:30pm, $55/$60
Watercolor Night Out
Saturday, September 23 or Friday, November 3, 6pm-8pm, $45/$50


Youth/Teen Art Courses
Term begins September 5, 2017 $110/$120 per month

Mondays: Teen Illustration, ages 13-17, 4:30-6pm
Tuesdays: Youth Ceramics, ages 7-10, 4:30-6pm
Teen Ceramics
, ages 11-14, 5:30-7pm 
Wednesdays: Youth Painting, ages 7-14, 4-5:30pm
Thursdays: Colored Pencil for Teens
, ages 11-17, 4:30-6pm
Fridays: Anything But the Brush Art Series,
ages 10-13, 4-5:30pm


Exhibit: W-ink!


June 20–Sep 6, 2017, Blakely Hall
Opening Reception Wednesday, June 21, 6–7:30 pm

Curators: Karen DedricksonAnna Macrae

Working with ink and paper gives way to a firecracker of possibilities:  all that’s needed is a spark of imagination to burst open its potential.

Four ink artists use this ancient medium with a fresh contemporary effect. The supplies are simple — soot, plant and wood — yet each artist skillfully manipulates their process to push the boundary of traditional ink work practice. Whether the work is of an image or is abstract, artists with a limited palette and inexpensive tools play with a variety of techniques to produce the effects that satisfy their creativity. Showing restraint to preserve areas of “white space” is key to the composition. From a controlled fine needle, to dripping ink and dirty fingers, all become tools. And the possibility of serendipity is always welcomed.

Controlling the ink is one part of the process. The choice of paper influences the final result; such as dry or wet, thick or thin, texture or smooth.  W-ink!  urges us to take  a second look at a medium’s  extraordinary  versatility and vitality.


Join us Saturday, August 26 for a sumi demonstration at Blakely Hall, during Highlands Day.

Exhibiting Artists

Tina Albro, Karen Dedrickson, Lowell Poisson, Grace Schlitt


Thank you to our sponsors: the Issaquah Highlands Council, 4Culture, City of Issaquah, Protingent Staffing, and Rowley Properties, Shelter Holdings, Aero Safety Graphics, Recology, Outside the Box Creations, Moon Motorcycles, and Bristlecone Advisors.



Dive Into Creativity This Summer!

Summer Art Camps at artEAST
We have art camps for kids & teens at artEAST in downtown Issaquah, morning & afternoon options in a variety or art forms.

Note: All camps are $120 for members and $130 for nonmembers. 

June 26–30 (ages 11–17)
AM Printmaking Teen Camp
Make your mark on the world by carving and printing your own creations
PM Mixed Media Teen Camp 
Explore the 2-D world of paint and color in this fun and creative mixed media summer camp
July 5–7 (ages 7-11)
AM Youth Comicbook Art Camp
Gain the superpowers necessary to bring your imagination to life in the world of comics
PM Anything but the Brush” Youth Camp
Splat, smear, poke, rip, smush, dab, destroy and reconstruct your art any way you can – without using a brush
July 10-14 (ages 8-14)
AM & PM Recycled Artist in Residence Camp
Become a Junior Artist in Residence: create a community recycled art installation with Recycled Materials Artist and Environmental Scientist Gabi Phillips.
July 17-21 (ages 11-17)
AM Teen Illustration Camp – CLASS FULL
If you want to exemplify a concept, make an idea visible, or better understand it, Illustration is the right camp for you
PM Anything but the Brush” Teen Camp
Splat, smear, poke, rip, smush, dab, destroy and reconstruct your art any way you can – without using a brush
July 24-28 (ages 11-17)
AM Teen Ceramics Camp – CLASS FULL
Work with clay by hand. Slab, pinch and coil techniques open up an infinite world of creative possibilities to get great results fast
PM Teen Multi-Media Drawing Camp
It’s the core of any 2-D artist’s ability. Spend the week drawing in various media expanding and honing your innate drawing skills. Includes a special trip to Issaquah’s Chalk Art Festival
July 31-Aug 4 (ages 7-11)
AM Youth Drawing Camp
Learn the elements of drawing in this camp designed to bring out the creative artist in everyone
PM Messy Kids Paint Camp
Explore ways to mix color and fun while making art. Warning: you will get messy! Includes a trip to the Issaquah Community Center for Issaquah’s annual Splash Day
Aug 7-11  (ages 7-11)
AM Mixed Media Youth Camp
Create 3-D art with multiple media, including ceramics, papier-mâché and more.
PM Color Pencil Youth Drawing Camp 
Feel the joy as you learn to draw what you see with colored pencils.
Aug 14-18 (ages 11-17)
AM Colored Pencil Teen Drawing Camp – CLASS FULL
Feel the joy as you learn to draw what you see with colored pencils.
PM Teen Photography Camp
See the world through the lens of your own imagination and learn how to use your camera to share your viewpoint with others
Aug 21-25 (ages 11-17)
AM Creative Illustration Teen Camp
Become an illustrator of your own stories and see where your imagination takes you.
PM Teen Mask Making Camp
Explore the world around you & use it to create your own paper mache animal mask.

Registration & Details

All camps are $120/members and $130/nonmembers, $30 optional lunch bunch available between camps (waived if enrolling in both AM & PM camps) Space is limited so please register early.

AM camps run from 9am until noon; PM camps run from 1pm until 4pm. The week of July 5-7 is a only 3 days long and the rates are $90 for members and $100 for nonmembers.

Register Here

Each student needs to wear studio appropriate clothing. Please bring a nut-free snack and labeled water bottle to each class. If registering for both AM & PM Camps, be sure to bring your lunch. MEALS NOT PROVIDED

All Levels/Ages 7-11 or 11-17
Min/Max: 6/12 per camp
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: ArtEAST Art Center 95 Front Street N. in Issaquah

artEAST is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose vision is to be a catalyst for a vibrant and enduring visual arts community. Thanks to generous grants by the City of Issaquah, Robert B. McMillen Foundation and an anonymous grantor, artEAST is able to offer our summer camps for kids without a supply or processing fee. artEAST is a proud supporter of art in our schools through the Issaquah School art docent programs as well as presenting multiple free community events throughout the year, including Art Walks, Parkadilly, Salmon Days, Highlands Day, the Sammamish 55+ Program and more.