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Quilt Exhibit: I Am


September 9–November 19, 2015, Blakely Hall
Reception Saturday, September 12, 6–9 pm

Curated by Gwen Maxwell-Williams and Janice King

Quilt banner Erma Hill

Quilt banner by Erma Hill

artEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council are very pleased to present an exhibit of art quilts from the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters (PNWAAQ). This Blakely Hall exhibition runs parallel to the We Are exhibit at Front Street, which also seeks to explore personal identity.

Quilt-self-portrait by Erma Hill

Self portrait quilt by Erma Hill

“For us, quilting is more than art or craft,” says Maxwell-Williams, founder of the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters. “It’s the thread that binds us and helps us find our place in the vast Pacific Northwest.”

See the rich and unique tradition of art, history and individual expression in original art quilts on the theme of “I Am.” With a standard size of 18 inches wide and 60 inches long, the quilts will appear as a unified exhibit, yet display each quilter’s unique imagery and expression. Additionally, each artist will create a self-portrait quilt to accompany their exhibit quilt.

Reception Day Events

On Saturday, September 12th, we have a day of quilts, self-expression, and community for you, including:

  • Quilting demonstrations (1pm – 4pm)
  • Unveiling of the Issaquah Highlands Ceramic Quilt by youth of Issaquah Highlands
  • Unveiling of the Community Digital Quilt Project from the Issaquah Highlands Day event
  • Lecture by noted author and artist, Gwen Maxwell-Williams, on the African American quilting tradition (4pm – 5pm)

Following the afternoon activities, join us for an artist reception in the evening, which will feature:

  • Curator opening remarks and artist talks at 6:30pm
  • Complementary appetizers and libations, featuring jazz singer Felicia Loud accompanied by Ryan Shea Smith, from 6–9pm
Exhibiting Artists

LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Annie Harper, Oneda Harris, Cheryl Haskins, Erma Hill, Sheila Holmes, Lynn Lambie,
Gwen Maxwell Williams, Sharon Sobers, Marilyn Wilson-Hanseling

4culture_logo4 Culture Grant

We are excited to announce that this exhibition is the recipient of a 4Culture grant. The additional programming has been made possible because of this generous funding. Thank you 4Culture!




Zentangle Beyond Basics

Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 13, 20, 27,
November 10, 17, 24, December 8, 15, 12–2pm or
Saturday, September 26, October 31, November 21, 10am–12pm

Instructor: Juliette Fiessinger, CZT

Fiessinger_Zentangle Beyond Basics2The Zentangle Beyond Basics classes will build on what you learned in the Intro class and continue your journey by gaining additional depth and understanding of the Zentangle® method. These classes will help you expand your tangle patterns library and techniques and look at how to keep balance in your tangles. Topics covered may include: ZIA-Zentangle Inspired Art, more advanced tangle combinations, working with white ink on black tiles, shading, mono-tangles, Renaissance tiles, etc…

Flexible Registration! Sign up for any number of sessions. Sign up for three or more and save $5 per class!

Family Art-making Opportunity! All Saturday classes are open to ages 8 and up, children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Students need to bring the Zentangle® Starter Kit they previously received. Materials fee of $3-8 payable to instructor at time of class (cash or local check only) for paper tiles used in class.

Class Fee: $35/Member, $40/non-Member per session (plus materials fee as listed above)
Prerequisite: Intro to Zentangle
Levels/Age: All/18+, except Saturday open to ages 8+
Min/Max: 4/12
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center


Registration Special! Register the same student for 3 or more sessions and receive $5 off each one, automatically!

DR3-JDF-9: Tuesday, Sept 15, 12–2pm
DR3-JDF-10: Tuesday, Sept 22, 12–2pm
DR3-JDF-11: Saturday, Sept 26, 10am–12pm  cancelled
DR3-JDF-12: Tuesday, Sept 29, 12–2pm  


DR3-JDF-13: Tuesday,Oct 13, 12–2pm  

DR3-JDF-14: Tuesday, Oct 20, 12–2pm  

DR3-JDF-15: Tuesday, Oct 27, 12–2pm  

DR3-JDF-16: Satruday, Oct 31, 10am–12pm  

DR3-JDF-17: Tuesday, Nov 10, 12–2pm  

DR3-JDF-18: Tuesday, Nov 17, 12–2pm  

DR3-JDF-19: Saturday, Nov 21, 10am–12pm  

DR3-JDF-20: Tuesday, Nov 24, 12–2pm  

DR3-JDF-21: Tuesday, Dec 8, 12–2pm  

DR3-JDF-22: Tuesday, Dec 15, 12–2pm  



Youth Art Workshop Series

Fridays, September 18–October 9, 4:15–6:15pm (4 sessions)
or Fridays, October 16–November 6, 4:15–6:15pm (4 sessions)

Instructor: Jason Liekhus

J.Liekhus_Childrens Art 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.J.Liekhus_ChildrensArt11

This term’s 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.

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 for Session I dates at $45 each.

Class Fee: $160/4 sessions or $292/all 8 sessions
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


PT3-JJL-1: Fridays, Sept 18-Oct 9, 4:15-6:15pm  (4 sessions)  


Fridays Oct 16-Nov 6, 4:15-6:15pm, (4 sessions)  

Registration Special! Sign the same student up for both series at the same time and save $28!
Fridays, Sept 18-Nov 6, 4:15-6:15 (8 sessions)  

Individual Classes Now Available:

PT3-JJL-4: Friday, Sept 18, 4:15-6:15pm (1 session)
PT3-JJL-5: Friday, Sept 25, 4:15-6:15pm (1 session)
PT3-JJL-6: Friday, Oct 2, 4:15-6:15pm (1 session)  


PT3-JJL-7: Friday, Oct 9, 4:15-6:15pm (1 session)  




Sensational Sumi Painting

Sunday, September 20, 12–3pm, Saturday, October 24, 1–4pm, or Sunday, November 8, 12–3pm

Instructor: Karen Dedrickson

K.Dedrickson_Sumi birdPounce, drag, push, and strike your inky brush on “rice” paper; discover a way of painting that will set you free. A dynamic workshop that expands brush working techniques, giving a fresh perspective of how to create paintings with vitality. Using the simplest of materials, paper, ink and water;  Sumi-e is painting with your senses, letting go and trusting in the mark that can’t be erased.

Adapting the ancient painting genre of Sumi, meaning “black ink” in Japanese, into a contemporary one, we explore ways to work a single brush into endless combinations, creating texture, tone, shape and line. Techniques that can be adapted to other media. Birds or crazy feathered creatures are the “template” for knowing how these brush methods work. Understanding “less is more” and being in the moment are emphasized – a couple of the major tenets of Sumi-e.

Dress for mess! The ink is permanent – splattering ink is fun! Bring your curiosity and open spirit, “failing” is encouraged. Classes are small, allowing for lots of one on one.

$15 materials fee, payable to instructor at start of class (cash or local check only) includes plenty of Double Xuan paper, brush, ink, and other tools used in class.

Class Fee: $60/Member, $65/non-Member (plus materials fee as listed above)
Prerequisite: None
Levels/Age: All/16+
Min/Max: 3/10
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center


Registration Special! Sign up the same student for more than one session and save $10 per session.

PT3-KAD-1: Sunday, Sept 20, 12–3pm
: Saturday, Oct 24, 1–4pm  


PT3-KAD-3: Sunday, Nov 8, 12–3pm  



Printmaking: Block Printing I & II

Thursdays, October 8 & 15, 6:30–9:30pm (2 sessions)

Instructor: Leslie Nan Moon

Moon_Student print samples

Previous students’ rainbow roll prints

In these two sessions students will learn how to create a block print. You will learn how to transfer your ideas, carve the block, ink the plate, print the plate and sign your prints.

L.Moon_Students Chine Colle

Previous students’ chine colle prints

This workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced printmakers. Two sessions will give you time to explore many of the different printing options available, including rainbow roll, 2-block prints and chine colle!

Class fee includes paper, ink and one carving block.  Students will have the opportunity to create additional blocks as time allows.  $5 supply fee for each additional carving block.

Class Fee: $110/Members, $120/non-Members (plus supply fee as listed above)
Prerequisite: None
Levels/Age: All/18+
Min/Max: 3/8
Note: Workshops with less than minimum enrollment may be cancelled one week prior to start date.
Location: artEAST Art Center


PR3-LNM-1: Thursdays, Oct 8 & 15, 6:30–9:30pm (2 sessions)  


Registration Special! Sign up for all six Printmaking classes in the series and save $30! Includes Block Printing I & II, Drypoint & Collagraph, and Reduction Printing

PR3-LNM-4: Thursdays, Oct 8–Nov 12, 6:30–9:30pm (6 sessions)  



Exhibit: We Are


August 31–October 31, 2015, Front St
Opening Reception Saturday, September 19, 6–8 pm

Curated by Anna Macrae

This exhibit seeks to explore ideas about personal identities and self. The artists have been asked to respond to notions referencing human characteristics, who they are, how they might be perceived and their own personal interpretations to the world that they move in.


Straitjacket by Camille Vonnegut

Straitjacket by Camille Vonnegut

De-Generation by Anna Macrae

De-Generation by Anna Macrae

The Artists by Flora Ramirez Bustamante

The Artists by Flora Ramirez Bustamante

The exhibition forms a visual diary of sorts, and is an eclectic installation of 2 and 3 dimensional artwork, as well as poetry. The various “collections” communicate information about the artists’ social, cultural and self-identity, through memories, experiences and the artwork that they have created.

Also featuring in this exhibition will be a selection of assemblage Fill in The Blank boxes created by artEAST members. These boxes will showcase collections that give a brief personal insight into the maker’s world.

This exhibition at Front Street runs parallel to the exhibition I Am at Blakely Hall, which features work from the Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters group.

Primary Exhibiting Artists

Flora Ramirez Bustamante, Michael Dylan Welch, Anna MacraeCamille Vonnegut



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