Arts Alive!’s Freestyle events are taking off, with the third installment happening just in time for Valentine’s Day.
On Feb. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m., close to a dozen artists from all around the Plateau will be creating their art live inside the Arts Alive! building on Cole Street for folks to observe and even procure, if you’re bold enough silent auction.
Each Freestyle event had artists working on unique canvases — for the first event, it was skateboards, and for the second, it was musical instruments.
This time around, it’s purses and handbags.
“Football season is over. It’s time to dote on your lady, time to take your lady out,” said organizer Benji Pierson, who will also be one of the artists at the event. “Women, come out and get something special. This is one-of-a-kind.”
There will be several familiar faces at the event, from Faith Montgomery, who just opened the Woodensense gallery on Griffin Avenue; Glory Cancro, a Bonney Lake artist who is also the vice-chair of her city’s Arts Commission as well as a children’s book artist; Brian Meier, Sarah Hahn, and Bryon Koecke, who are all Brazen Hearts Tattoo artists in Buckley; and Arts Alive! staples Janet Berthon, Lorrie Maras.
“All the artists are really engaging and approachable. That’s what I like about this list in particular,” Pierson said. “It’s a variety of what we have.”
One new artist this year will be Chris Urner, who runs Lawless Leather out of the same building his sister uses for her Woodensense gallery. Instead of creating art on a purse, Pierson said, he’ll be making a unique leather purse by hand.
“I’ve never seen that done,” Pierson continued. “It should be rad.”
Money raised at the event will go toward art scholarships for local students; Pierson said Arts Alive! was able to give several thousand dollars in scholarships last year.
Musical guests Mike Chang and Seth Polson will be providing live entertainment at the event as well.