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Heron Rookery Project 2013

September 5-28, Blakely Hall, Issaquah Highlands
Closing Reception: Saturday, Sep 28, 6–8pm, Blakely Hall


Washington lakes play host to large populations of the indigenous Great Blue Heron. We continue to salute our natural ecology and pay homage to this majestic bird and its rookeries by sponsoring a second Heron exhibit.

This project engages the community in seeking, discovering and enjoying the birds and in the process, discovering the artists and the community.  Engagement in the arts promotes a sense of belonging and connectedness and, as we celebrate Issaquah’s natural environment, we help ensure these treasures are not forgotten or devalued.  Rookeries and nests encourage us to examine the symbol of home and community.







This year we suspend the flock, in a two dimensional format, from the walls. The “canvas” takes the form of one of three different silhouettes scroll-cut by June Sekiguchi from ¼” hardboard. The forms measure approximately 24” x 24”, and will be one of the shapes shown, either as a positive or negative.

Curators Julie Rackley and Valaree Cox are pleased to announce that Meredith Langridge Anderson, Senior Events Manager at Bellevue Arts Museum is the juror for this show.  Meredith has produced the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair since 2009, and has worked directly with Northwest artists since 2005. In addition, she also created Indulge: Jewelry Marketplace and has a deep passion for the arts and promoting local artists!

Participating artists for 2013 are: Jill Beppu, Valaree Cox, Thendara Kida Gee, Yiota Georges, Don Haggerty, Melissa Koch, Jan Lipetz, Fred Lisaius, Kelly Lyles, Anna Macrae, Chris Maynard, Garima Naredi, Monica Phillips, Julie Rackley, and  Liz Ruest.

This year the flock will alight in several different locations, beginning its sojourn at our artEAST gallery. The show opened with a reception on Thursday, August 1, and was on display through the end of August. Next, the herons are moving to Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands for the month of September.

4cultureThe Heron Project 2013 is supported, in part, by a Group Art Project award from 4Culture.   The project began in 2012 with the exhibition of twenty-six 3-D sculptures shown at several Puget Sound venues. Last year all the works were sold in the gallery or donated to the artEAST Annual Auction for fund raising.  This year, proceeds from heron sales at the end of the program will support the 2014 Rookery Project and free family Art-Together Time programs at the artEAST Art Center.


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