Arts and Entertainment

From empty storefront to local arts showcase

Sally Rackets, left, a Snoqualmie Arts Commissioner, and Marielle De La Torre, of, MK Property Services LLC, hold artworks in one of two newly created impromtu art galleries in downtown Snoqualmie. Art is visible in storefront windows. - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Sally Rackets, left, a Snoqualmie Arts Commissioner, and Marielle De La Torre, of, MK Property Services LLC, hold artworks in one of two newly created impromtu art galleries in downtown Snoqualmie. Art is visible in storefront windows.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Two formerly empty storefronts in downtown Snoqualmie are now drawing interest in local arts and the downtown as temporary art galleries. And it all started with a brochure.

The transformation of the storefronts began with a brochure drop and a conversation this summer between Sally Rackets, a member of the Snoqualmie Arts Commission, and Snoqualmie-based MK Property Services, LLC.

Believing the day will come when people come from all around to enjoy Snoqualmie as an artistic community, Rackets’ vision was to see art displayed in vacant storefronts. Mike Kirkland, head of MK Property Services and chairman of the Economic Development Commission, recognized the success of arts-related venues like The Black Dog and Snoqualmie Falls Brewery. He met with Rackets, and acknowledged the time was right to advance the cause.

“We shared ideas and visions of ways to enhance Snoqualmie’s image as an artistic community.  With all the charming aspects of Snoqualmie—the depot, the river, the falls, and unique local businesses—promoting art could bring the spark to truly set our city apart,” Rackets says.

“Now that we have art in the downtown Snoqualmie storefronts, I look forward to presenting other ideas to the Arts Commission for expanding our use of the two buildings beyond the windows, benefiting the building owner, the city and the Arts Commission. This is truly an exciting beginning of a dream come true for our artistic community.”

The Snoqualmie Arts Commission will provide a rotation of art made by area artists. Paintings, photographs, textile art, etc. displayed in the windows will need to be no smaller than 24 inches in either dimension. One display window is particularly well suited for free standing pottery, sculpture, jewelry, etc. Each artist’s display will also include information for contacting the artist to facilitate sales.

Artists interested in participating in this opportunity can send a .jpg of the art with its dimensions to sallyrackets@comcast.net.

 

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