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Supporting the arts for 25 years
By Lorrie Maras
Arts Alive! Chairwoman
Arts Alive! has been an active supporter of the arts on the Plateau for more than 25 years. We have been able to provide grants to such organizations as Enumclaw schools, performing arts, music, and individuals, as well as scholarships to seniors of Enumclaw and White River schools. It is our goal to continue to support the arts on the Plateau. More than a quarter of a million dollars has been put back into our community through Arts Alive!
How can you help us continue to do this? Membership is always one way...we thank those of you who are on our membership role now. If you are not a member please stop by and pick up an application. And stopping by is another way to show interest and support. Look around the gallery. Elaine Lynest, our gallery manager, continues to do an outstanding job of making sure we have a diverse selection of artists showing in the gallery. It is a great place for gifts and cards for any occasion. And stop at the candy counter for an old-fashioned treat to take home with you!
Our featured artist is wildlife artist Sallie Zydek. Her artwork is in the gallery as well as in City Hall. There is also a limited printed and signed T-shirt featuring her work available. The supply is dwindling so come and get your wearable art while they are still available!
There are several new artists, too. David Jayne’s amazing work is there along with stained glass artist Rick Wendt. While you are looking around be sure to check out Krista Little’s wall. She has hung her favorite unique pieces not to sell, but for you to see and enjoy. If you like what you see, contact her and she will develop a piece just for you! Wouldn’t that make a great gift?
Arts Alive! just had another successful event with Art in the Garden at Cathy Matson’s beautiful Country Garden Bouquet. Make sure you put her place down as a place to visit soon. A walk through her gardens is so peaceful and beautiful! If you did not make it to this year’s Art in the Garden, put it down for the beginning of August in 2012. Again, Elaine did a wonderful job of organizing the event She is now turning the job over to a committee for next year. Thank you, Elaine, for doing such an outstanding job these past years.
If you came and signed up in my booth for the dozen free cards be sure to check my wall in October to see if you are the lucky one to pick out those cards.
As you go through the gallery take time to see the jewelry, glass blowing, pottery, sculpture, paintings, photography, high school art displays and pick up a class schedule! Taking a class is a wonderful way to give your heart and soul a gift of time and relaxation. There also are classes available for children ages 5 to 15 with Lisa Stewart. Lisa’s summer camp class created three contemporary murals with the theme of Enumclaw. The hope is the murals will be hung outside the gallery to invite passersby to enjoy a taste of the artistic side of Enumclaw.
Projects for the 2011-12 school year will include pottery, low relief sculpture, cartooning, watercolor and a favorite, paper maché.
Continuing around the gallery you will see a beautiful quilt on display that was made by Crystal Quilters and donated to Arts Alive! so we can sell chanced to help us raise funds for our granting program. It has a music theme that would be perfect in your home I am sure. Stop by and see it and buy several tickets; they are $1 each.
Last but not least, be looking for our “Rescued Furniture Silent Auction” starting in September. The first piece is a chair painted with gold and brown dragonflies. You can bid online or in the gallery.
Pick up an Arts Alive! calendar for 2012 – it is beautiful! Lauri Hillberg’s “Birds of Enumclaw” is now available, too. Poetry books by local poets are there...so much to see.
We hope you can find a way to help us continue to support the arts on the Plateau – membership, monetary donations, buying at the gallery, volunteering, working on a committee, taking a class...the list goes on.