Late Fall at artEAST

November & December 2017

Winter is on its way — can you tell? The winds have started to kick up, but no matter what the weather brings, we have you covered. Come inside for color and art opportunities as we head into the holiday season.

Our annual member show has been juried and hung at Blakely Hall. Curator June Sekiguchi will select three pieces to highlight and discuss at the opening reception.

Our juried display artists answered the call for art to fill our back rooms. We’re calling it “The Vault” and you can come hunt for treasures. All art is priced at $50/$100/$150, and the fun begins Friday November 17.

We are building out our classes for winter, while you prepare for the season. Keep an eye on our categories of workshops, whether you’re just starting out or improving your craft.

See you around downtown Issaquah soon!



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Front Window Spotlight: Leslie Moon

Our front window currently features the work of Leslie Moon. Leslie is primarily a printmaker, but her creative curiosity spans many mediums including woodworking, glass work, and now welding. Her display is up until November 12th. We are also currently carrying a great selection of her animal-themed pieces in our retail gallery!

Leslie Moon front window

What sparked your interest in printmaking and how did you get started in it?

I grew up in a very creative family.  My mother is a sculptor and my father is a photographer (although he’s an intellectual property attorney from 9-5). During my senior year of high school I told them I didn’t want to go to college because I wanted to be an artist. They told me I could do both. I attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where I was born and raised. My intended major was sculpture but after one elective in printmaking the second term of freshman year I switched majors. I graduated with a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts in 1994 and have never stopped.

Where do you find inspiration?

Leslie’s first linocut made when she was in 5th grade. Her parents saved the block so she reprinted it last year!

I think it would be easier to say where I don’t because I truly find inspiration in everything I encounter. My drive however comes from my parents. I am cut from their cloth. They always like to say “grass doesn’t grow under our feet.” The need to do and complete things has always been in me.

How has being a printmaker changed the way you see things in your daily life?

I’ll answer this not so much a printmaker but just as an artist or creative person. My daily life is quite challenging as I am a mom to 16 year old twins and my son is profoundly autistic (in addition

to being funny, imaginative and artistic). Navigating life with a special needs child is exhausting physically and mentally. To have my art every day to go to and the amazing “greater good” people I’ve met through various art communities is what truly keeps me happy and sane.

What are commonly recurring themes in your work? 

I tend to work in a narrative style and in many different series: Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Dia de los Muertos, anatomical hearts, song lyrics and quotes to name just a few. I am also a lover of animals so they are predominate in much of my art.

You now have your own dedicated studio space! Do you have a project you’re excited to start in that new space?

What I’m excited about most is not having to move artwork while I’m in the middle of it because we want to eat dinner!!! The dinner table used to be my mixed media station so now that table is being moved into the studio. I’m making a gorgeous live edge wood table for our kitchen!


Glass Pendant Workshop

12:30-2:30pm Saturday, December 2, 2017 at artEAST Annex

Instructor: John Casey

Have fun creating a beautiful piece of art to showcase around your neck. 

This workshop will allow you to design your own unique fused glass pendant by stacking colorful pieces of dichroic and stained glass. Choose from a variety of colors and accent pieces. 

Once complete, your art will be kiln fired, attached to a bail and your finished pendant will be ready for pick up the following week. It’s a perfect holiday gift for your special someone, or a festive jewelry piece for yourself. 
The artEAST Annex is located two blocks west of Front Street at 195 First Place NW #400 in Issaquah.
Register for our Beginning Glass Fusing workshop here.

Class Fee: $40/Member, $45/nonMember
Prerequisite: None
Levels: All
Min/Max: 4/15
Location: artEAST Art Center
Register Here




Exhibit: artEAST Members Show


November 8, 2017–January 16, 2018, Blakely Hall
Opening Reception Wednesday, November 15, 6–7:30 pm

Curator: Anna Macrae

This annual curated exhibition at Blakely Hall showcases a broad range of artistic styles and mediums from our talented membership. The subject matter is wide open, to attract a broad range of work from some of our best established and emerging artists


You are welcome to join us for the opening reception on Wednesday November 15th   to view the work and meet the artists. Artist and curator June Sekiguchi will be our guest of honor, and will select three pieces of work to highlight and discuss.

Blakely Hall is a busy gathering place during the holiday season, hosting many civic, private and community events, so please drop by to see what unexpected treasures you may discover.

Participating Artists

Gail Baker, Julie Bazuzi, Maggie Greenway, Beverly Hanson, Wanda Hickman, Janice King, Rohini Mathur, Priyanka Parmanand, Victoria Raymond, Carrie Schmitt, Jan Tervonen


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.



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.