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High school students Emilia Glaser, Madelynn Esteb and Mileah Smith on keyboards, with Gavin Treglown on guitar, not pictured, play at the corner store in downtown Snoqualmie. - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
High school students Emilia Glaser, Madelynn Esteb and Mileah Smith on keyboards, with Gavin Treglown on guitar, not pictured, play at the corner store in downtown Snoqualmie.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

You can walk the block and find color and music in unexpected places in downtown Snoqualmie.

Try this for example. On the same February morning, four string musicians—Sheila Bateman and her three children in the Giovani String Quartet—played at City Hall, a teen choir sang in the downtown storefront, and youth and local art was on display in city hall and at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce office. It was all part of an art walk organized by the Snoqualmie Arts Commission, Downtown Snoqualmie Merchants Association and the Chamber,  “For the Love of Snoqualmie."

The Arts Commission helped judge and hang the artwork from the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Reflections Program, themed “The Magic of a Moment.”

The walk, showcasing art to the public, is part of an expanding round of arts events being done in Snoqualmie.

What is the Arts Commission?

Just expanded to a membership of nine, the Snoqualmie Arts Commission furthers local interest in the fine and performing arts, purchasing art for the city and preserving cultural heritage.

Appointed by the mayor, commissioners are given plenty of room to pursue opportunities to promote the arts and artists in the area.
Members include Lanice Gillard, Sally Rackets, Jeff Waters,  Amy Friedman, Steve Pennington, Mark Hennig, Jeff Hutt, Patricia Tamburini and Diana Larson. Gloria McNeely, who has served the city for ten years as an Arts Commissioner was recently awarded a Lifetime Honorary Position on the Commission. The commission also provides non-voting positions to two high school representatives involved in the arts, Mileah Smith and Jordy Larsen.

Their activities include the Plein Air Paint-out and Children's Paint Out during Railroad Days.

The commission recently set up storefront displays, using vacant spaces downtown to feature works by local artists. During the holidays, and recently, with the "For the Love of Snoqualmie" weekend, they organized art walks at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, and various storefronts, with music and adult and youth art.

The group plans another Art Walk in March with downtown merchants and will be providing even more performing artists to this venue.

Members meet on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. All meetings are at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River Street.

You can learn more at www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us.

Photos by Seth Truscott

Arts Commission chairwoman Lanice Gillard, above, checks out Reflections student art at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce visitor’s center during a Feb. 9 art walk. Jeff Waters paints in a storefront. Inset, student art at the Chamber, as part of the Reflections competition.

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