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About Us

artEAST is a fast-growing, dynamic, and innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to making the arts an integral part of life in our community, through our vision, mission, value statement, programs, staff and board of directors, and our sponsors.

Please join us by participating in our programs, visiting our gallery and exhibitions, volunteering, donating, or becoming a member. Please join us in this unique opportunity to build an art center that will shape and define your community for decades to come.

Our Vision

To be a catalyst for a vibrant and enduring visual arts community.

Our Mission

We exist to promote the visual arts.  We create, we teach, we learn, we exhibit, we sell, we gather and we support our artists and the community.

Our Value Statement

We are creating a community of art by

  • Being authentic and putting people first
  • Making room for fun, dreams, and grand attempts
  • Being a catalyst and visionary leader
  • Having a bias for action, collaboration, and involvement
  • Creating an atmosphere for learning and growth

Our Programs

We have been offering multiple programs for learning, creating, exhibiting, and gathering since 2004.


Our destination gallery offers artwork produced by 80 local artists. The gallery collection represents masterful design and technique in a wide range of mediums and prices. We enjoy introducing our customers and visitors directly to the artists whose hands create the work.


Our growing collection of workshops is designed to create a positive learning experience for the novice or professional student. The workshops are diverse and unique, and change often to offer enticing new experiences that are conveniently scheduled and close to home.


Our free, non-profit galleries offer fresh, innovative exhibitions each month. We feature work by member artists, guest artists, and partner galleries to bring energy and vitality to the ever-changing presentations.

Community Events & Partnerships

We host free art events, artist demonstrations, and open art-making studios. We enthusiastically team up with civic partners on programs ranging from First Friday Art Walks to support of teachers, art docents and students, through opportunities to gather and learn.

Our Staff

artEAST is run by a VERY lean staff, and many, many wonderful volunteers, under the guidance of our Board of Directors.

Interim Executive Director: Donna Gelinas
Education Manager: Rebecca Morrissey
Finance Manager: Peter Buttler

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for their support:

Rowley Properties, Inc.
Watts Properties, LLC
Protingent, Inc.
City of Issaquah
Issaquah Arts Commission
Artitudes Design, Inc.
Robert B. McMillen Foundation
Sammamish Arts Commission
Highlands Council
Opus Community Foundation
ERA Living, LLC
City of Bellevue
Aero Safety Graphics
Shelter Holdings

To learn how your company can benefit by becoming an artEAST sponsor, see our Sponsorship page or email

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