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We offer three membership levels:

  • Individual $50,
  • Student (18+) $25
  • Family $75

The Family option, new this year, includes up to two adults and any children under 18 living in the same household. Now the whole family can be involved!

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First Friday Wine Walk

Friday February 5, 6–9 pm

Wine_Walk_2016_Web_Banner_v1-300x214_CroppedFirst art walk of the season! If you’re on the Downtown Issaquah Association’s First Friday Wine Walk, please stop in. If you have tickets, we’ll have local wine to taste. Wineries include Stomani Cellars, Micheal Florentino Winery, Pine Lake Cellars, Armstrong Family Winery, Wilridge Winery, Patterson Cellars and Flying Dreams Winery.

By now, you might already know the drill, but get tickets up at Hailstone Feed Co, 232 Front St, bring your own glass if you like, and follow the map. See complete details here. Don’t drink wine? Grab just a map and come anyway!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the theme is chocolate. Our own Piper Peterson of Immaculate Confections will be in the gallery as our featured chocolatier. Featured artists in the back room this month are Vikram Madan and Jerry Kaufman,

As you make your way to the wine served in our classroom area, be sure to enjoy our current exhibition, Any Umbrellas, shown together with more art from our Blakely Hall show, Call of the Clouds. Many of our local artists will be on hand to help you get a taste of the inner workings of their art. Feel free to ask them lots of questions!

Our musical guest will be Larry Murante. This Seattle-based musician has a reputation as one of the finest contemporary singer-songwriters to emerge from the Northwest in recent years.  His beautifully-woven stories about everyday folk, set to song, combine compassionate, socially conscious lyrics and a joyful, energetic folk/rock style.



Exhibit: Call of the Clouds


January 16–March 14, 2016, Blakely Hall
Opening Reception Saturday, January 23, 6–8 pm

Curated by Megan Somerville-Loomis and Ted Loomis

Clouds have found a welcome home in the human creative experience, from the earliest cave drawings to ancient Chinese ceramics to contemporary painting, photography, film, and music. Mirroring our own brief journeys, clouds’ temporal existence reflects our dreams and drives our imagination.

Curators Megan Somerville-Loomis and Ted Loomis, artEAST, and the Issaquah Highlands Council bring the splendor of clouds and the joy of watching them to an interactive and participatory art exhibition and programming exploring weather related themes, January – March 2016, at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands.

Supporting Exhibition

This show runs in parallel with the Any Umbrellas exhibition, located at artEAST, 95 Front Street in Issaquah. There will also be a selection of Cloud artwork at the artEAST location.

Participating Artists, Blakely Hall

Mitchell AlbalaGail BakerGreg Bartol, Brooke Borcherding, Louise Britton, Anne L. Cameron, Deborah Drllevich, Andy Eccleshall, Ray Fernandez, Beverly Hanson, Ben “Oona” Hernandez, K. René Jasper, Jerry Kaufman, Janice King, Judy Lane, Jan LipetzCathy Loftus, Ted Loomis, Nico Lund, John Monson, Carol RossLiz Ruest, Jere Smith, Enid Smith Becker, Megan Somerville-Loomis, Brian Sostrom, Kristy Swanson, Season Yoshida

Participating Artists, Front St

Jennie de Mello e Souza, Jacqueline K Calladine, Carol Ross, Michael Eggers, E. Valentine DeWald II, Molly Murrah, Pandy Savage McVay, Hiroko Seki



Youth Art Workshop Series

Fridays, January 8–22, 4:15–6:15pm (Session I)
or February 12–26, 4:15–6:15pm (Session II)
or March 11–25, 4:15–6:15pm (Session III)

Instructor: Jason Liekhus

Youth Class CollageIt’s no secret – kids love art! Painting and drawing stimulate creativity, teach patience through perseverance, and enrich the academic lives of young people.

Instructor Jason Liekhus will expose young artists to new theories and concepts such as color theory, composition, perspective, sight measuring, and proportion from the first day, and well-rounded projects will keep them growing for months and years ahead. The workshop format enables each child to move at their own pace, and also lets the social side of art flourish. This is the key to getting kids to share their opinions about their work with each other.

Lessons will be in acrylic paint, graphite and colored pencil. Each project exposes students to artists and styles from many historical movements, e.g. Renaissance, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Surrealism, and Pop. The initial stages will focus on drawing and painting what one sees. As students progress, they will apply more advanced skills and theories to their work, learning from other artists while realizing their own ideas. Painting what they see will give way to painting what they want to see – even in exploration of the fantastic, abstract and personal.image5

This program is suited for youths with no art experience, as well as intermediate and advanced students.  Class fee includes use of all tools and materials.

Just Added! Single session registration available at $45 each. Call to reserve.

Class Fee: $115/Members or $120/non-Members
Registration Special! Save $30 by registering for all 3 sessions: $315/Members or  $330/non-Members
Levels/Age: All/Ages 7-16
Min/Max: 4/12
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center

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Winter Art Camp “Painting with the Masters” for Kids

Tuesday–Friday, February 16–19, 10am–12pm (1–4 sessions)

Instructor: Priyanka Parmanand

This Art Camp “Painting with the Masters” will guide students on an exciting journey of creative discovery. There will be fun and innovative art projects inspired by famous master painters Picasso, Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Matisse. Using famous paintings to understand the artist’s styles, children reproduce their own paintings. These lessons are classic examples of how mixing art history with simple techniques can create the most beautiful works of art that every parent will want to frame!

Each day will emphasize various elements of art. We will work with a wide range of mediums including acrylics, water color, oil pastels, and more. Kids of all experience levels are welcome and the workshop is open to children ages 5 to 8.Paramand_Priyanka2

Tuesday – Monet’s Garden
Wednesday – Georgia O’Keeffe’s Flower
Thursday – Matisse’s Gold Fish
Friday – Picasso’s cubism

Flexible Registration! Sign up for single sessions or sign up for the series and save $25!

Class Fee per session: $30/member, $35/nonmember
Class Fee per series (4 sessions): $95/member, $115/nonmember
Prerequisite: None
Levels/Age: All/Ages 5-8
Min/Max: 4/10
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center

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Exhibit: Any Umbrellas/Call of the Clouds


January 11–March 12, 2016, Front Street
Opening Reception Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6
8 pm

Curated by Anna Macrae

This show celebrates our famous Seattle rain. Using an umbrella as an armature, five artists have given us their creative interpretations paying tribute to its iconic form and function.

These artists have used their freedom of expression to embellish or create a new piece of artwork built around the umbrella. They considered its symbolism, metaphors for protection, its classic structure, its place in history and its orientation for making and displaying to bring us this unique 3 dimensional exhibition.

This show runs in parallel with Call of the Clouds, primarily shown at our satellite exhibition space, Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands, which features 28 artists. Eight Cloud artists will also be showcased with this exhibition.

Participating Artists: Any Umbrellas

Marisa Vitiello, Lynne Rigby, Teri Ievers, Robin Shealy, Lisa Maddux

Participating Artists: Call of the Clouds

Jennie de Mello e Souza, Jacqueline K Calladine, Carol Ross, Michael Eggers, E. Valentine DeWald II, Molly Murrah, Pandy Savage McVay, Hiroko Seki



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