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Fall City Days | Astounding art returns to main street

Visitors react to ‘Slow Walkers’ at the 2011 Fall City Days. The slow-motion performance art returns to perplex and involve this June. - William Shaw/Staff Photo
Visitors react to ‘Slow Walkers’ at the 2011 Fall City Days. The slow-motion performance art returns to perplex and involve this June.
— image credit: William Shaw/Staff Photo

The arts come to life during Fall City Days, with multiple artists and performers to amaze and entertain.

Artistic events on Saturday, June 16, include canoe crafting by Snoqualmie Tribe Master Woodcarver John Mullen, new chalk art by Aaron Filion, street performance art by Ezra Dickinson and a community art project to help the local artistic organization.

Chalk art

When Fall City mainstay Brian Majors had a conflict, newcomer Aaron Filion stepped in to work his chalk art on the downtown streets.

His piece will come into living color throughout the day, as the sidewalk transforms into a work of art.

“I love people and I am often trying to relate through art,” Filion states. “ I want people to appreciate the aesthetic quality of the painting, but my greater hope is that the viewer will relate or make a personal connection somehow, like a snapshot from their own life that brings back a memory or feeling.”

Look for Filion outside the Art Park on the corner of 335th and Redmond-Fall City Road. You can view his works at

Canoe carving

John Mullen, a master carver with the Snoqualmie Tribe, will excite and educate visitors with the craft of carving a canoe.

Watch as he and his apprentices work on a 12-foot long model lake canoe. This canoe, carved from an 80-plus-year-old local red cedar, will seat two youths or one adult.

Along with carving, John will share stories and traditional drumming.

Mullen’s efforts augment the tribe’s Canoe Family, which gives young people a positive, constructive outlet, with lessons for living and career that can last a lifetime. The entire group works as one.

Community art project

During Fall City Days, all visitors are welcome to help paint in a community art project at the downtown Art Park. Anyone can paint on salmon-shaped slats of wood—anything they dream of, from fish scales to sunbursts and stripes.

The finished pieces will be used as signs and exhibits for Fall City Arts in planned community events, such as the tentative Snoqualmie Fish Festival in Fall City this September. That even will help local groups collaborate to celebrate the area, promote river education and clean up after a busy summer of river rafters.

Slow walking

To the best of Ezra Dickinson’s knowledge, “slow walking” is an art form that’s all his own.

Back for the second year, this performance artist has spent his life moving. Dickinson classically trained at the Pacific Northwest Ballet for nearly 12 years.

His art is exactly what it sounds: Very slow movement. As described to Fall City Arts organizers, because slow walkers move through public spaces at a drastically slower pace than other pedestrian traffic, they create a strong feeling of displacement, a sense, perhaps, of time travelling.

Look for Ezra in front of the Art Park, at the corner of 335th and Redmond-Fall City Road.

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