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ARTS ALIVE!: Open house to celebrate retiring gallery manager

My life in the arts has colored my world in very special ways, and the creative, fascinating, talented artists I’ve come to know are gems in my life’s treasure box.

One person that I have leaned on, learned from and worked with is Elaine Lynest. Enumclaw arts commissioner, accomplished artist, art instructor and businesswoman, Elaine has played a crucial role in the growth and vitality of Arts Alive! Center for the Arts, and to many, has been the face of the organization. Open to new and provocative ideas, Elaine found a way to make things happen.

Gary LaTurner, cultural programs manager for the city of Enumclaw and artist says, “Her efforts on the Arts Commission have been a generous gift to the city and the arts. Elaine Lynest is a skilled mentor to the artists in the community. She is an artist, an advocate, a teacher, a friend, and a leader in the arts community. Elaine Lynest inspires people to paint, dance, act, and sing.”

Mayor, Liz Reynolds reflects, “Elaine Lynest is truly a gifted individual in many, many ways. Elaine has given so many hours of her time to promote the importance of art and how it relates to each and all of our lives. She really is an art treasure and a wonderful friend.”

Elaine stepped down from her position as Arts Alive! Gallery manager and board member in December, but continues to teach classes in the gallery.

With change, new faces arrive, people with different insights and perspectives, but sharing the passion for the arts that Elaine embodies. Krista Little has accepted the role of gallery manager and Karen Holyk is the newest member of the Arts Alive! board. They each bring special gifts to their roles at Arts Alive! as the organization moves forward into a wonderful season for the arts.

We welcome everyone to an appreciation open house for Elaine Lynest from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Arts Alive Gallery, 1429 Cole St.. Light refreshments will be provided.


Other events open

to the community


• Please attend Empty Bowls from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Enumclaw High School. Benefitting local food banks, it is a collaborative effort of many and features the handmade bowls of local artists. Visit for more information.

• Mothers Day weekend, May 12 and 13, is the Enumclaw Artists Studio Tour. Arts Alive! Center for the Arts and many of our artists are happy to participate again in 2012. More information will be available soon. Contact Gary LaTurner with questions:

Arts Alive! Center for the Arts welcomes you! Come find out what we are all about. Visit our new and evolving website,, for information and new class schedules.

The above article was written by Celia Bender for Arts Alive!


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