Early Fall at artEAST

October 2017

Fall is Here! The winds have started to kick up, rain and hail added excitement to Salmon Days this year. No matter what the weather outside, artEAST has you under its colorful umbrella with a wide range of art opportunities this fall. From the gallery to the classroom, we’ll bring art into your life this colorful season.

New Workshops Added this Fall

We’ve added two new glass fusing courses for beginners and gift making this fall. Instructor John Casey will be teaching Beginning Glass Fusing and Glass Pendants at our kiln annex, around the corner from the artEAST Gallery and Art Center.
Get serious about art with an intermediate/advanced course in Gesture Figure Drawing with instructor Barbara Fugate,Deborah Kapoor’s Encaustic Fiber Collage, or Expressive Acrylic & Mixed Media taught by Jacqui Beck.
Beginning art courses include Ceramic Wheel ThrowingZentangle Introduction and more. There are so many great opportunities for art this fall at artEAST. View the Complete Fall Schedule here. Register now and expand your love of art.

Issaquah Goes Apples
artEAST is proud to be part of Issaquah Goes Apples sponsored by the Downtown Issaquah Association on Saturday,  October 21 from 10am to 3pm.

Festivities include a Farm Fresh Pop Up Market, apple inspired food, apple cider, live music and an Apple Themed Art Exhibit in artEAST’s front window.

Submit your apple art now and enjoy all the tasty treats that fall has to offer. Art submissions due by October 16th. Details and submission procedures available here.

Ted Larson at Fantastical Worlds

Exhibits and Shows

Fantastical Worlds indulges our imaginations with artwork that offers an escape from reality that is extravagantly fanciful and takes the viewer on a magical mystery journey. There is a broad array of artwork that includes images of imaginary creatures and habitats, as well as distorted viewpoints from our own planet. on display now through November 8 at Blakely Hall.

artEAST is excited to partner with Pottery Northwest for an exhibition of functional, ceramic cups by Pottery Northwest’s resident artists and a juried selection of cups from artEAST members.Have a Cup of Creativity is on display at artEAST now through November 15.


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



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Beginning Glass Fusing

12-4pm Saturday, November 4, 2017 at artEAST Annex

Instructor: John Casey

From this initial 4 hour class, students of all ages will be able to understand the basic physical and chemical characteristics of glass and how these properties effect and dictate the physics behind the melting and molding of glass.  Students will also be taught basic glass cutting and grinding principles. 

After the initial instruction, each student will be given the chance to put together one or two glass projects depending on the size of the projects.  Projects are composed of a variety of options from glass bowls and platters to seasonal decorations or solo free style creations. 

Available to each student is a variety of molds, glass colors and styles with many handmade glass decorations/accent pieces to supplement each student’s design and creative energies.

The fusing process, the actual melting or fusing of each glass project, will take place at the end of each class with the finished project available for pickup the following week.

 The goal of the class is to have fun creating a beautiful art glass piece that will last a lifetime. 

The artEAST Annex is located two blocks south of Front Street at 195 First Place NW #400 in Issaquah.
Register for our Glass Pendant workshop here.

Class Fee: $60/Member, $65/nonMember
Prerequisite: None
Levels: All
Min/Max: 4/15
Location: artEAST Art Center
Register Here




Exhibit: “Have a Cup of Creativity”

October 2 – November 15, artEAST Art Center
Salmon Days: October 7-8
Closing Reception: Thursday, November 2 7-9pm

Curators: Barbara Jirsa of artEAST and Marge Levy of Pottery Northwest

artEAST is excited to partner with Pottery Northwest for an exhibition of functional, ceramic cups by Pottery Northwest’s resident artists and a juried selection of cups from artEAST members.

Whether created in porcelain or terra cotta, the ‘hand of the maker’ is represented in every piece. The collective result is an impressive array of cups, from whimsical and humorous to industrial and modern. There are cups inspired by plants, the human form, and our animal friends.

Exhibiting artEAST Artists

Molly Hueffed, Anne Lindsay, Margaret MacLean, Kerstin McKee, Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger, and Carol Ross

Exhibiting Pottery Northwest Artists

Amanda Barr, Jennifer Fujimoto, Damian Grava, Zak Helenske, Lynne Hobaica, Canne Holladay, Len Hudson, Ciara Jackson, Jon Johnson, Myra Kaha, Sara Kaye, Marge Levy, Chase Lilleholm, James Lobb, Coleton Lunt, Eliane Medina, Vanessa Norris, Michael Peck, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Isaac Scott, Amy Simons, Neal Sofian, John Taylor, and Sudhi Tirnahalli

Founded in 1966, Pottery Northwest is the Pacific Northwest’s premier ceramic facility. World-class professional artist residencies, exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series spanning many years are all features of this fixture at Seattle Center.



Front Window Spotlight: Greg Bartol, Debbie Drllevich, Anita Schuller, and Jenifer Wright

Our current front window display is a collaborative piece by art welders Greg Bartol, Debbie Drllevich, Anita Schuller, and our new Executive Director Jenifer Wright. “The Guardian” is on display through October 15th. Images courtesy of the artists.

"The Guardian"

“The Guardian” is a collaborative piece produced by the art welders at Green River College: Greg Bartol, Debbie Drllevich, Anita Schuller, and Jenifer Wright. For the 50th anniversary of the college, Greg petitioned welding students to contribute their time and skills to construct a forest of trees (representing the campus) and bees (to represent the burgeoning apiology department) for a fundraiser gala.

Not ready to work on a team quite yet, a quiet student on the autism spectrum (who prefers to remain anonymous) decided the forest they were creating needed a guardian. Her 2-D sketch started a discussion, and as she worked independently to rough out her idea of a face, the crew built giant claws and the massive, muscular body to ensure the forest would remain protected. Horns and wings were added through collaborative, lively discussion. Once the forest was secured, “The Guardian” moved to Ravenna to protect the residents of the senior community at ERA Living where he admittedly has become a bit of a softie. Who wouldn’t with all the hugs and attention?

We recently asked the artists some questions about their creative work. Here is what they had to say.

How did you get started as art welders? After your first attempts at it, what kept drawing you back to it?

Within the Welding Technology Program at Green River College (GRC), one of the Instructors encouraged and supported the idea of artists in-amongst the traditional welders. Over the past 14 years, the artist group grew as the welding program grew until there were about 30 established artists and about 100 people who had come for Art and Welding experience. Four of the artists helped form a program steering committee.

When the single welding instructor retired, the school decided to formalize art welding by moving it under the Dean of Continuing Education at Green River College, giving it new space, new equipment, and a new curriculum. In the meantime, the steering committee artists have remained together to do projects for public art, galleries, commissions, and events by welding together at Studio B near Lake Tapps.

Studio B is a unique art space and experience, which encourages artist collaboration in small groups of 2-4. This collaborative experience and the joy of welding draws us to share with other artists of all mediums.

There is great physicality in 3D work and art welding, especially at the scale of work like “The Guardian.” Share a bit about the physical experience of doing this work.

“The Guardian” is one of the projects that helped develop our spirit and propensity toward collaboration. Large scale projects present challenges about how to make them safe to display in public and how to make them modular for easier transport. These challenges are best solved by broader input and experiences.

Where do you find inspiration?

People often have an image in their mind of the artist working alone in their studio in isolation from the community of other artists, but inspiration comes from the collaborative experience of working with other artists. The answers to the challenges and the sheer surprise of the end result being more than initially imagined builds an experience that draws artists into community with other artists. There is still the research about the subject; there is still the learning; there is still the work; but sharing in the spirit of collaboration seems to be the best way to tap into the strengths of each individual involved.


Salmon Days

Salmon Days returns to Downtown Issaquah on October 7th and 8th!

Visit our tent in front of the art center on Front St to see artist demonstrations and a fun photo opportunity. Come inside the gallery to participate in our art scavenger hunt. We will also have a pop-up display and sale in our classroom featuring our figure drawing group.

Salmon Days is open 10am to 6pm both days.


Exhibit: Fantastical Worlds


September 6–November 8, 2017, Blakely Hall
Opening Reception Thursday, September 7, 6–8 pm

Curator: Anna Macrae

artEAST is delighted to present Fantastical Worlds, at Blakely Hall from September 6th to November 8th. This exhibition features 17 Pacific Northwest artists, who have been jury selected from an open call for art that attracted nearly 100 submissions.

Fantastical Worldsindulges our imaginations with artwork that offers an escape from reality that is extravagantly fanciful and takes the viewer on a magical mystery journey. There is a broad array of artwork that includes images of imaginary creatures and habitats, as well as distorted viewpoints from our own planet.

Please join us for the opening reception, September 7th from 6 to 8 pm, where you can meet the artists.

Exhibiting Artists

Elise Antonio, Alice J. Becker, Tatyana Brown, Peter Christenson, Sue Clancy, Krister Eide, C J Elsip, Jan Fagan, Wanda Hickman, Ted Larson,  Vikram Madan, Eileen Marie, Mallory Milke, Judith Rayl, Charlotte Ricker, Maja Sereda, Season Yoshida


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.



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

“A Cupful of Love” Watercolor Course, seven two-hour sessions with instructor Shilpa Veerkar, 12–2pm Tuesdays, beginning September 12
“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 to members only
Ceramic Wheel Course
3-week course Saturdays, November 4, 11 & 18, 6-9pm, $150/$160
Colored Pencil
with Ekta Gupta, Thursdays October 5–26, 12-1:30pm, $100/$110 monthly
Encaustic Fiber Collage
with Deborah Kapoor Saturday October 29, 10am-4pm, $105/115
Expressive Acrylic & Mixed Media
with Jacqui Beck 10am-4pm October 21 & 22, $202/$212
Figure Drawing
Mondays 9:30am-2pm, drop-in only
email figuredrawing@arteast.org 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, October 5–26,
6:30-8:30pm, $130/$140 monthly
Paint Dancing

with Gail Baker, 7-10pm Saturday, October 14 $60/$65 
Watercolor Sunday
with Priyanka Parmanand, Sunday October 15, 10am-12pm, $45/$50
Zentangle Introduction
with Juliette Fiessinger, 12-2pm, Fridays, October 6 or November 3, $45/$50

Art Nights Out

Clay Night Out
Friday 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
Watercolor Night Out
Friday November 3, 6pm-8pm, $45/$50


Youth/Teen Art Courses
monthly registration: $110/ members, $120 nonmembers

Mondays: Teen Illustration, October 9–30, ages 13 -17, 4:30–6pm
Tuesdays: Youth Ceramics, ages 7-10, 4–5:30pm
Teen Ceramics
, ages 11-16, 5:30–7pm 
Wednesdays: Youth Painting, ages 9-12, 4–5:30pm
Thursdays: Colored Pencil for Teens
, October 5–26, ages 11-17, 4:30–6pm