This February at artEAST

Annual Studio Sale February 23-25

Once a year our members clean out their studios for this sale of art supplies and studio seconds.

Winter Art Classes for Adults and Teens

New Adult Art courses include stained glass, drawing, tin art and photography. Youth and Teen art courses, specialty classes and school break camps now available for registration.

Calling all visual artists!

Want to show your art in our retail gallery? The Spring Jury application window opens on February 26.

“A Night of Good Fortune” Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction

Our annual fundraising event is on Saturday, April 14th at Pickering Barn in Issaquah. Event tickets are now available!

Current Exhibits:

Identified” at artEAST Art Center

“Identified” celebrates art as a tool for an artist to empower their self and the community in which they work. See how these pieces become an extension of their artist’s identity and discover the power they have to encourage empowerment and autonomy.

Exhibition dates: Feb 14 – Apr 5

Reception: Sat, Feb 17, 6-7:30pm

Artist Talk: Thu, Mar 1,

(Image: “Humbled” by Jessica Crenshaw-Leonard)

Exhibiting artists: Jessica Crenshaw-Leonard, Di Faria, Amaranta Ibarra-Sandy, MiYoung Margolis, Matthew Simon


INTERSECTIONS: Natural, Intuitive, Intentional” at Blakely Hall

Nature is the point of departure and the destination for the artists in INTERSECTIONS. These artists use the medium of encaustic to embody the interrelationship between subject and matter.

Exhibition Dates: Jan 16 – Mar 12

Reception: Thu, Jan 18, 7-8:30pm

Artist Talk: Fri, Feb 16, 6:30-8pm

Exhibiting artists: Kim Kopp, Stephanie Hargrave, Deborah Kapoor, Tara McDermott

Blakely Hall is located in Issaquah Highlands at 2550 NE Park Dr and is typically open M-F 8-5 unless reserved for a special event.

(Image: “Capra Hircus 6” by Stephanie Hargrave)




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Portfolio Night & Mentorship Program

Interested in pursuing a career in ART?  Come to the artEAST Portfolio Night at the Issaquah Library!

6:30pm-8:30pm Thursday, March 8 
Join us for this informational night and learn what goes into creating a portfolio for college admission, internships, exhibitions and gallery entry.

Representatives from local art colleges and curated galleries will be on hand to explain what they look for in program applicants, how to get started in building a portfolio and answer your questions about pursuing a career in art.

New for this year, artEAST is launching a mentorship program designed to pair future artists with established artists from our membership.  Gain valuable experience with this 8-week program sponsored by artEAST and the Issaquah Library.

Email for details on how to be paired with a mentor.

This is a free event open to all people interested in pursuing a career in art.

Issaquah Library
10 W Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027



Exhibit: Identified

February 14 – April 5, artEAST Art Center
Opening Reception Saturday, February 17, 6-7:30pm
Artist Talk Thursday, March 1
Curators: Josh Potter, Barbara Jirsa

“Identified” celebrates art as a tool for an artist to empower their self and the community in which they work. See how these pieces become an extension of their artist’s identity and discover the power they have to encourage empowerment and autonomy.

"Humbled," Jessica Crenshaw-Leonard

Jessica Crenshaw-Leonard: Humbled

Each piece in this exhibition celebrates and discusses the identity of the artist. What you see here are works which assert the artist’s inner self outwardly. As such, these works become more than visual representation, but are the actual physical tools of empowerment and self-actualization. Art, where social justice and agency are concerned, can be a powerful tool that affirms a marginalized community’s rightful place within the institutions that dominate cultural dialogue. To what extent, then, do these works define their creator; to what extent are they an extension of the artist’s self?

Exhibiting Artists

Jessica Crenshaw-Leonard, Di Faria, Amaranta Ibarra-Sandy, MiYoung Margolis, Matthew Simon


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


2018 Studio Sale

Friday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25

Our awesome, annual studio sale is back!

Our member artists clean out their studios and you get treasures! Deeply discounted works, slightly flawed pieces, as well as extra tools, materials, and art supplies are waiting for savvy shoppers. The sale is open to the public, and the perfect opportunity to jumpstart the creative part of your New Years’ resolutions.

Are you an artist interested in selling supplies and seconds at this event?

An annual membership and volunteer time at the studio sale are required for participation. The last day to become an artEAST member and sign up to sell is February 8. Participating sellers receive 80% commission from sales of their items. This fun event is always well-attended and sellers usually make enough to more than cover their membership fee. Drop-off is the evening of Thursday, February 22 and any leftover items must be picked up Sunday, February 25 between 5-6pm.

Already an artEAST member? Email us at with “Studio Sale” in your subject line and let us know you’re interested in being a Studio Sale vendor.


Call for Art: (in)Habit Exhibition at Blakely Hall

Juried Show

Exhibition dates: March 13, 2018 – May 15, 2018
Submission Deadline: February 19, 2018
The continued movement of people to the Pacific Northwest has intensified opposing political ideas that were once unfamiliar to the region. While populations clash over the pros and cons of density, artEAST seeks to feature art that illuminates the individual self in urban spaces. For this show we are asking artists to submit both 2-D and 3-D visual works of any medium and style that subverts historically urban-related visual media. This includes but is not limited to graffiti, advertising, and signs. Situated at the edge of many of Puget Sound’s urban centers, artEAST serves both an urban and suburban population and expects the art in this show to incite conversations about the role art itself plays in an area that is being aggressively urbanized.