Online Registration Now Open for Fall 2015 Session

You won’t want to miss these inspired workshops:

K.Dedrickson_Sumi birdKaren Dedricksen is returning with her Sensational Sumi Painting workshop, offered with three date options.

Local architect and artist Anita Lehman is teaching her Expressive Drawing and Design in Landscape for the first time at artEAST.A. Lehmann_Expressive Drawing

Leslie Nan Moon is offering a 6-week Printmaking series, including a new workshop on “Reduction Printing”. The very nature of this process ensures you end up with a limited edition of prints.

We are very excited to have a couple of Fiber Arts workshops on the schedule this term with:
Gail Baker teaching a 4-week class on the ins and outs and twists of Arashi Shibori Silk Scarves hand dyeing
and Anne Randall with a one-day Felt-O-Rama: Intro to Dimensional Felting workshop.

Registration is NOW OPEN for our Fall 2015 Workshops!

You’ve been asking for the following classes and workshops, so we are responding!

Ellen Borison will offer a twice monthly, mid-week Figure Drawing Exercise Class with an Open Studio option afterwards, and also a once-a month Evening Figure Drawing Open Studio.

J.Liekhus_Childrens Art CollageAn after-school eight-week Youth Art Workshop Series for ages 7-11 with an energetic and enthusiastic new-to-us instructor, Jason Liekhus. He will definitely get your kids excited about learning new art skills!

And so much more!! Click here to see our full line up of classes and to register. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in these classes and more at artEAST!





Exhibit: We Are


August 31–October 31, 2015, Front St
Opening Reception Saturday, September 19, 6–8 pm

Curated by Anna Macrae

This exhibit seeks to explore ideas about personal identities and self. The artists have been asked to respond to notions referencing human characteristics, who they are, how they might be perceived and their own personal interpretations to the world that they move in.


Straitjacket by Camille Vonnegut

Straitjacket by Camille Vonnegut

De-Generation by Anna Macrae

De-Generation by Anna Macrae

The Artists by Flora Ramirez Bustamante

The Artists by Flora Ramirez Bustamante

The exhibition forms a visual dairy of sorts, and is an eclectic installation of 2 and 3 dimensional artwork, as well as poetry. The various “collections” communicate information about the artists’ social, cultural and self-identity, through memories, experiences and the artwork that they have created.

Also featuring in this exhibition will be a selection of assemblage Fill in The Blank boxes created by artEAST members. These boxes will showcase collections that give a brief personal insight into the maker’s world.

This exhibition at Front Street runs parallel to the exhibition I Am at Blakely Hall, which features work from the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters group.

Primary Exhibiting Artists

Flora Ramirez Bustamante, Michael Dylan Welch, Anna MacraeCamille Vonnegut



Intro to Zentangle

Tuesdays, September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1, 12–2pm,
Friday, September 18, 7–9pm,
or Saturdays, September 19, October 24, November 7, 12–2pm

Instructor: Juliette Fiessinger, CZT

Fiessinger_Intro ZentangleZentangle® is an easy to learn drawing method that teaches you to create beautiful designs through the use of repetitive patterns. This art form can be used in many ways, from greeting cards to creative journals, as well as therapeutic self-expression. No matter how you choose to express yourself, tangling is a fun, relaxing, portable, and personal way to be creative.

This class will introduce you to the Zentangle drawing method. We will cover the history, the applications, and the steps of creating an original Zentangle tile. A class for all levels that requires no prior artistic experience.

Once you give this meditative art form a try, we know you’ll want to come back for more! Check out the Zentangle Beyond Basics workshop listings.

Materials fee of $7 payable to instructor (cash or local check only) at start of first class for the official Zentangle® Starter Kit. (Includes cloth bag, pen, pencil, blending stump, and white tiles.)

Family Art-making Opportunity! All Saturday classes are open to ages 8 and up, children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Class Fee: $35/Member, $40/non-Member (plus materials fee as listed above)
Prerequisite: None
Levels/Age: All/18+, except Saturdays open to 8+
Min/Max: 4/12
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center


DR3-JDF-1: Tuesday, Sept 8, 12–2pm


DR3-JDF-2: Friday, Sept 18, 7–9pm

DR3-JDF-3: Saturday, Sept 19, 10am–12pm

DR3-JDF-4: Tuesday, Oct 6, 12–2pm

DR3-JDF-5: Saturday, Oct 24, 10am–12pm

DR3-JDF-6: Tuesday, Nov 3, 12–2pm

DR3-JDF-7: Saturday, Nov 7, 10am–12pm

DR3-JDF-8: Tuesday, Dec 1, 12–2pm



Expressive Drawing and Design in Landscape

Friday & Saturday, September 11 & 12, 9am–5pm

Instructor: Anita Lehmann

A. Lehmann_Expressive DrawingWhether you want to learn how to draw, rekindle your creative imagination, or broaden your drawing skills, this class will free your ‘inner artist.’A. Lehmann_Expressive Drawing2

Noted Northwest architect and teaching artist Anita Lehmann will guide you through stimulating exercises, focusing on expressive drawing, a free-form, abstract approach that any eager artist can master. Concepts covered: line, mark, shape, texture and tone, and critical design concepts related to dynamic mark-making. Once we initially investigate these specifically dynamic drawing concepts, we will apply these to landscape painting and drawing processes. You’ll never look at landscape and drawing the same way again!

Class Fee: $295 (see student Supply List below)
Prerequisite: None
Levels/Age: All/18+
Min/Max: 8/12
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center


DR3-AHL-1: Friday & Saturday, Sept 11 & 12, 9am–5pm  


Click here for an online supply list at
Supply List

  • 24 x 36 or larger gatorboard, smooth, non-buckling board
  • 24 x 36 newsprint pad
  • Sturdy/heavy clips
  • 4-6 sheets Rives BFK paper (white) 22 x 30
  • 1 roll of masking or artist tape: ¾” or 1”
  • Soft Conte Crayons, white/black
  • General’s jumbo compressed charcoal (2 packages)
  • CharKoal sticks: 1 package
  • White Mars Eraser
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Small Bottle of White Gesso
  • Lyra water soluble graphite crayon
  • Assorted brushes to work with water based media
  • Small bottle of Sumi Ink
  • Soft paper towels
  • Baby Wipes
  • Mark-making tools for moving ink; ie bamboo pen, putty knife etc.
  • Lightweight bowls for water etc. 2 minimum
  • Notebooks and landscape images for ideas



Quilt Exhibit: I Am


September 9–November 19, 2015, Blakely Hall
Reception Saturday, September 12, 6–9 pm

Curated by Gwen Maxwell-Williams and Janice King

Quilt banner Erma Hill

Quilt banner by Erma Hill

artEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council are very pleased to present an exhibit of art quilts from the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters (PNWAAQ). This Blakely Hall exhibition runs parallel to the We Are exhibit at Front Street, which also seeks to explore personal identity.

Quilt-self-portrait by Erma Hill

Self portrait quilt by Erma Hill

“For us, quilting is more than art or craft,” says Maxwell-Williams, founder of the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters. “It’s the thread that binds us and helps us find our place in the vast Pacific Northwest.”

See the rich and unique tradition of art, history and individual expression in original art quilts on the theme of “I Am.” With a standard size of 18 inches wide and 60 inches long, the quilts will appear as a unified exhibit, yet display each quilter’s unique imagery and expression. Additionally, each artist will create a self-portrait quilt to accompany their exhibit quilt.

Reception Day Events

On Saturday, September 12th, we have a day of quilts, self-expression, and community for you, including:

  • Quilting demonstrations (1pm – 4pm)
  • Unveiling of the Issaquah Highlands Ceramic Quilt by youth of Issaquah Highlands
  • Unveiling of the Community Digital Quilt Project from the Issaquah Highlands Day event
  • Lecture by noted author and artist, Gwen Maxwell-Williams, on the African American quilting tradition (4pm – 5pm)

Following the afternoon activities, join us for an artist reception in the evening, which will feature:

  • Curator opening remarks and artist talks at 6:30pm
  • Complementary appetizers and libations, featuring jazz singer Felicia Loud accompanied by Ryan Shea Smith, from 6–9pm
Exhibiting Artists

Gwen Maxwell-Williams, Erma Hill, Sheila Holmes, Cheryl Haskins, LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Luana Langford, Sharon Sobers, Kintisha Williams, Lynn Hambie, Annie Harper, Amy Pierce, Oneda Harris

4culture_logo4 Culture Grant

We are excited to announce that this exhibition is the recipient of a 4Culture grant. The additional programming has been made possible because of this generous funding. Thank you 4Culture!




Layered Stories


July 9–September 7, 2015, Blakely Hall
Reception Thursday, July 23, 6–8 pm

Curated by Anna Macrae


Please join us this summer for an exhibit of collage work by by Anne La Fever and Liz Ruest entitled Layered Stories.

La Fever - Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise, Anne La Fever

Layers of art that tell a story: that is collage. Does it matter if the layers are visible? Should the stories come first, or be built from the whole? Two collage artists explore these questions in different ways.

Anne La Fever’s collage work is grounded in traditional methods of the 20th century.  She enjoys the feel of the paper, the physical manipulation of the collage elements, hand coloring many of the archival images, collecting the antique source material and frames, and the actual cutting and gluing process itself.  The computer only comes in to use for research and storing images.

Liz Ruest’s work propels collage into the digital age of the 21st century. She uses traditionally created collages and printmaking elements, but then scans them to use along with her digital photographs.  All of the layered elements are integrated, nuanced, and manipulated on the computer screen.


can summon fire (detail): Digital collage  by Liz Ruest

can summon fire, Liz Ruest

Both artists however share a common desire to create work containing compelling images that are able to portray a story for the observant onlooker.  Anne generally has a story in mind before beginning her work, while Liz prefers to allow the story to unfold intuitively as the piece is being built.

So what comes first, the chicken or the egg?  It really doesn’t matter to these artists as long as the work evokes a memory, creates a conversation, or gives you a moment of enjoyment.

Artist Talk, Thursday July 23, 7 pm

Anne and Liz will each be speaking briefly about their work at the reception. Come hear about the layers and stories directly from the artists, and see how your impressions compare with their thoughts during the creative process.




Pondering Apocalypse


July 28–August 30, 2015, Front St
Opening Reception Saturday, August 1, 6:30–8:30 pm

Curated by Anna Macrae

Please join us for a mixed-media exhibit of works by Carla Dimitriou entitled Pondering Apocalypse.

Big Daddy by Carla Dimitriou

Big Daddy by Carla Dimitriou

Waiting by Carla Dimitriou

Waiting by Carla Dimitriou

Heads Up by Carla Dimitriou

Heads Up by Carla Dimitriou

Pale Horse by Carla Dimitriou

Pale Horse by Carla Dimitriou









artEAST member Carla Dimitriou brings an offering of mixed media works to share for the month of August. In this exhibition, Dimitriou builds a bridge between the personal and the political and uses a shaker of edge and humor. In her usual anthropomorphic style, Dimitriou uses a variety of unconventional and traditional materials, including tar, ceramics, craft paper, wax, and bone to explore ideas of life, death, and happy hour.

For more information about the artist and the statement for this exhibit, see her artEAST profile.



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