Wildly Creative with Leslie Nan Moon

Our annual Swirl auction and gala takes place on Saturday, April 22nd. The theme of this year’s event is “Wildly Creative.” Between now and then, we’ll take you behind the scenes to reveal how our artist community is working together to create an imaginative, art-filled evening you won’t want to miss.

Wildly Creative with Leslie Moon

Leslie Nan Moon is one of our featured auction artists, specializing in printmaking. She is also one of our instructors, frequently offering Print-and-Sip nights that provide a fun introduction to basic linocut printmaking techniques.

When asked what “wildly creative” meant to her and how that shows up in her work, Leslie said:

“Dorothy Parker said, ‘Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.’

I love this quote. I’ve always had a wild mind but have been disciplined in my art, from when I was a 17-year-old teenager carving a sculpture entitled ‘Lady Stardust’ for my love of David Bowie to my 44-year-old self who doesn’t let more then a few days pass in between working on a new piece of art and still goes to music concerts every chance I get.

I pull inspiration from things found in nature and the world around me, and also from fairy tales and myths, monsters and creatures of the night, song lyrics, and of course my imagination.”

Leslie shared a photo of her standing beside her “Lady Stardust” sculpture. She also shared her workspace and some work in process:

Here are two of the finished linocut prints Leslie is offering at the auction. We hope you can join us to see them in person!

Leslie Moon, Hummingbird Leslie Moon, Hummingbird



Wildly Creative with Anne Lindsay

Our annual Swirl auction and gala takes place on Saturday, April 22nd. The theme of this year’s event is “Wildly Creative.” Between now and then, we’ll take you behind the scenes to reveal how our artist community is working together to create an imaginative, art-filled evening you won’t want to miss.

Wildly Creative with Anne Lindsay

Anne Lindsay is one of our featured 3D auction artists. In this video, we get to see Anne in her metalworking space, wielding her torch and demonstrating a technique she uses on her metal mesh sculptures.

Anne creates sculptures on two different scales: larger, table-top designs that sometimes move, and smaller pieces used as components in her jewelry pieces.

Anne Lindsay Steel Sculpture

In addition to creating pieces for the auction, our featured artists are also offering unique experiences that bring winning bidders into their workspaces and favorite places. Anne is creating a lakefront summer dinner experience that includes harvesting fresh greens, herbs, and edible flowers from her garden and of course a demonstration in her home studio.


We asked Anne what the “Wildly Creative” event theme means to her and how that shows up her in her work:

“I love to dream and visualize my next piece of art. In the middle of the night, I can see where to go next. I can go where I’ve never been before. What’s wonderful about dreaming and daydreaming, I can make really big sculptures or crazy jewelry that I have not made yet. It allows me to be wildly creative without limitations. I think that my real artwork is somewhat on the wildly creative side. The commercial grade wire meshes I use are usually in oil filters in large trucks and the silver mesh is used for medical devices. Why not use those materials for art? It’s unusual and that’s what has let me be a wildly creative artist.”



Spring Art Courses for 2017

New Courses Added! Defy the rain and soak yourself in art this spring.

Whether you’re looking for a Night Out or have your days free, we’ve got art courses for everyone. Are the Kids Going Stir Crazy? Are you a Serious Artist or just wanting to Dip Your Toe in the Art Pool? Have a look at our classes designed for your skill and interest level.

Adult Courses

artEAST Studio Group, members only, Mondays 7-9:30pm or Thursdays 1:45-4:15pm, $60 monthly
Ceramic Wheel Course, 3-week course Saturdays, May 6, 13 & 27, 6-9pm, $150/$160
Colored Pencil, Thursdays, 12-1:30pm, $100/$110 monthly
Encaustic Sculpture, Saturday & Sunday June 3 & 4, $265/$275
Exploring Light & Shadow in Painting, Saturday May 6, 10am-12pm, $40/$45
Figure Drawing, Mondays 10am-1pm, drop-in only, email figuredrawing@arteast.org for calendar and more details
Fused Glass Garden Stakes, Saturday April 29, 11am-1pm, $45/$50
Photography Composition
, 2-week course Saturdays, May 20 & June 3, 1-4pm $80/$85
Painting from the Fire Within, Sunday, March 26, 10am-4pm, $105/$115
Plein Air Picnic, Saturday, May 20, 12pm-4pm, $55/$60
Watercolor Birds, Saturday, May 13, 10am-12pm, $40/$45

Art Night Out

Creative Clay Night, fourth Fridays monthly, March 24, April 28 & May 26, 6:30-9:30pm, $55/$60
iPad Art Night, March 11, 6:30-9pm, $45/$50, iPad required
Paint Night Out, Friday, May 19, 6:30-9:30pm, $60/$65
Print Night Out, second Fridays monthly, March 10, April 14, May 12 & June 9, 6:30-9:30pm, $50/$55

Youth Courses

Interested in pursuing a career in art? Join us for a free informational Portfolio Creation Night on Tuesday April 4 at 7pm.
monthly registration for the following courses:
PreK Art
, Tuesdays, 10-10:45am, ages 4-6, $60/$65
Muddy Buddies, Tuesdays, 4-5:30pm, ages 7-11, $120/$130
Club Mud, Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm, ages 12-16, $120/$130
Colored Pencil, Thursdays, 4:30-6pm, ages 11-17, $105/$115
Teen Illustration, Mondays, 4:30-6pm, ages 11-17, $110/$120
Youth Art Series
, Fridays, 4-5:30pm, ages 7-16, $110/$120
Youth Painting, Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm, ages 8-12, $110/$120

Art Camps for Youth & Teens

Spring Break Camps
Mixed Media 
9am-12pm or Sculpture 1-4pm
Monday-Friday, April 10-14, ages 8-12, $170/$180 per week
Youth & Teen Summer Camps
Nine weeks of summer art camps for ages 7-17

Family Art Time

Spring Felted Eggs, Saturday April 1, 11am-1pm, $15/$20
Mixed Media Portraits for Mom, Saturday May 6, 1pm-3pm, $15/$20
Fenders with Dad, Sunday June 18, 11am-1pm, $15/$20

Soak up the art at artEAST this Spring! As always, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please email us and we’ll try and connect you with the right instructor to suit your needs.


Rebecca Morrissey & everyone at artEAST in Issaquah


Summer Art Camps at artEAST 2017

DIVE INTO CREATIVITY THIS SUMMER with our Art Camps for kids & teens at artEAST in downtown Issaquah. Morning & afternoon camps available in a variety or art forms. See below for details and registration.

AM Camps run from 9am to noon, PM camps run from 1pm to 4pm.

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 Junior artists will assist the Friends of Lake Sammamish and artEAST Artist in Residence in creating a 2-month installation piece for Lake Sammamish State park using upcycled and repurposed supplies for this one-of-kind art week.

July 17-21 (ages 11-17)
AM Teen Illustration Camp 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 Learn techniques to create clean works of hand built art from clay.
PM Teen Multi-Media Drawing Camp is 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 Art is messy and fun in this hands on paint camp. 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 Feel the joy as you learn to draw what you see with colored pencils.
PM Teen Photography Camp Create your own pin hole camera and see the world through the lens of your imagination

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 now open for nine weeks of Art Camps at artEAST.
Delve into these week long art camps and embrace a deeper love for art this summer.
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.

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

Not ready for summer? You can view and register for Spring Break Camp here.

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.



Current Exhibit Happenings


Join us for these current shows! Click on the exhibit title for more information.

2nd Amendment BookClub

March 15–May 28, 2017, artEAST
Opening Reception Saturday, April 8, 6–8pm
Artwork by Mary Coss

“Taking Off the Gloves” by Mary Coss

Adventure into Landscape

April 4–June 20, 2017, Blakely Hall
Opening Reception Wednesday, April 19, 6–7:30 pm

L-R: Britt Greenland, Diana Grant, John Tubbs


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



Our Benefit Gala: Swirl

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 6 pm
Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah


Our annual gala returns to Pickering Barn in Issaquah for 2017. We’re going beyond the creativity we sparked last year to embrace what is Wildly Creative!

Swirl offers a silent auction with many stunning visual art pieces, creative experiences that pair winning bidders with our featured artists, a live auction full of even more beautiful artwork crafted by our talented artists and even more experiences, a fundraiser session, and a thrilling Dessert Dash. This will truly be a Wildly Creative night! Thanks to Seattle-based chef Lisa Dupar, it will also be wildly delicious!

Swirl gives us an opportunity to both celebrate and invigorate artEAST. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to create a vibrant and enduring visual arts community through creating, teaching, learning, exhibiting, selling, and gathering to support artists and the community. This annual event is about supporting artEAST, our community of artists and friends of the visual arts, and about ensuring we have a place for creativity and culture. With your help we will continue to be be a catalyst for visual arts in our community.

Ways to Participate

There are several ways you can contribute to this event’s success:

  • Join us as a guest! Individual gala tickets are $125, and full tables with seating for 8 are available at $1000. Online Ticket Sales have ended. Please call to check on ticket availability. Auction Catalog PREVIEW Available HERE!
  • Volunteer! As a non-profit, the heart of our organization is our volunteers and your time is greatly appreciated. We still need a few more helpers to set up on Saturday and to keep our Silent and Live Auctions running smoothly. Send an email to volunteer@arteast.org if you’re available to help make this event a win/win for everyone involved.
  • Become an event sponsor. Sponsors receive recognition at all of our events, on our homepage, newsletters, and in our email and social media communications. Your support shows fellow community members that you know the value of having the visual arts in our community. Full information on sponsorship levels, benefits, and advertising through our program can be found here.


To get to Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave NW in Issaquah via I-90:

  • Take exit 15 (WA-900E/17th Ave NW).
  • Turn onto 17th Ave NW towards Sammamish.
  • Continue on 17th Ave NW to NW Sammamish Rd.
  • Turn right on NW Sammamish Rd.
  • Turn right on 11th Ave NW.
  • Turn left on Lake Dr.
  • Turn left on 10th Ave NW. Follow signs for parking.

Thanks to our Sponsors

A special thanks to our sponsors who have already pledged their support.

Visionary Sponsors


Rowley Properties

Rowley Properties

Sustaining Sponsors

Shelter Holdings, Inc.
AeroSafety Graphics

Table Sponsors

Issaquah Highlands Council
Issaquah Highlands Community Association
Bristlecone Advisors

In-Kind Sponsors

Pinto Portraits
Artitudes Design
Total Wine & More
Village Theater


We would also like to thank the City of Issaquah.

artEAST is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization # 20-2462207



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