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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

Integrate art into the fabric of the community.

Our Mission

artEAST is an invigorating and vibrant arts leader engaging the community through our gallery, exhibitions, events and education.

Our Value Statement

We create a community of art by:

  • Being authentic and cultivating long-term relationships
  • Embracing and engaging the diversity of our community
  • Creating an atmosphere for learning and growth
  • Making room for fun, dreams and grand attempts
  • Having a bias for action, collaboration and involvement
  • Exposing the community to artistic experiences
  • Recognizing that sustainability is essential to our success

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.

Executive Director: Jenifer Wright
Education Manager: Rebecca Morrissey
Finance Manager: Peter Buttler
Gallery Operations and Marketing Assistant: Jim Dunn

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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