Local artists Laurie Clark, Minh Rosen, and Cece Williams work on their art projects while discussing technique. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Local artists Laurie Clark, Minh Rosen, and Cece Williams work on their art projects while discussing technique. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Mount Si Artist Guild’s Open Studio program begins 2019 with new plans

The Mount Si Artist Guild’s Open Studio is beginning it’s fourth year of operation new plans.

The Mount Si Artist Guild’s Open Studio is beginning its fourth year of operation with new plans.

The open studio event is a free, public gathering of artists at the Art Gallery of SnoValley on Railroad Avenue in Snoqualmie. Open studios are held every Thursday, except when they overlap with holidays.

Mount Si Artist Guild member Pam Whittington said the social events were started to drive more artistic engagement with the community. During an open studio, anyone can participate and work on their own artwork in a shared space. The doors are left open, so visitors walking by can see the artists in action.

Artists can often end up feeling isolated, Whittington said, so the studio gives them a chance to talk and work with their peers. The artist guild is also open to new members, and artists who have come to the socials in the past have become members in previous years.

This new year is also the start of a new program for the social events. The Art Gallery is starting an artists lending library to spread resources to promote learning from the community.

“A lot of us are donating books,” Whittington said. “Artists can come in and check out books or take magazines for referrals. It’s something new we are starting for 2019.”

The Art Gallery also is planning for its first “Paint and Party” workshop on Feb. 9. The group will work on a winter scene in watercolor. Sally Rackets, Mount Si Artist Guild member, said the workshop would be taught by fellow member Charlene Burley and is a great opportunity for beginners to try their hands at watercolor and walk away with their own paintings.

In 2019, The Art Gallery also is planning to increase its scholarships. In 2018, they gave a $500 scholarship to a Mount Si High School student artist, and this year they are working on a plan to increase the scholarship amount, but have not yet announced the final 2019 total.

The museum also refreshed its displayed art on Jan. 7. Whittington said the museum cycles in new local and guest artwork every other month.

The collaboration between the art community and Valley businesses also will continue with the Friday Art and Wine Walks.

Pastel artwork in progress during an Open Studio session on Thursday, Jan. 3. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Pastel artwork in progress during an Open Studio session on Thursday, Jan. 3. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

More in News

Snoqualmie proposes changes to public records request process

Snoqualmie is looking to balance staff time spent on records requests with other city functions

Madison Miller / staff photo
                                Kathryn Stahl (Titania) and Jim Snyder (Oberon) rehearse their lines for the upcoming VCS production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Valley Center Stage brings Shakespeare to the Valley

This will be VCS’s first Shakespeare production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Encompass capital campaign leadership at the property site for Encompass Snoqualmie. From left: Major Gifts Officer, Rhonda Ender, Director of Development, Lisa Yamasaki, Executive Director, Nela Cumming, and Campaign Steering Committee Co-Chairs Brad Hutt and Charlotte Rempfer. Courtesy photo
Encompass secures state funds for new Snoqualmie facility

Encompass will be breaking ground for the new facility in Spring of 2020.

Sallal Water Association rejects amendment

Board continues pursuit of North Bend water contract.

Tasting room proposal could redefine alcohol production in King County

Pilot program would benefit wineries, breweries and distilleries. Several farmers are concerned.

In a 2015 report from the Washington State Department of Ecology, King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill received 53,739 tons of of plastic bags and wrap from housing and commercial sources alone. File photo/Sound Publishing
No good solution to the plastics problem

Plastic is piling up everywhere from King County to ocean floors, and humans keep making more.

Forty firefighters respond to Fairway Place blaze Thursday

Home was unoccupied when blaze broke out.

Council approves funding for snow storm recovery and history museum

Council approved expenses accrued responding to snow storm clean up and new Lodging Tax funding.

Boeing says decision on new airplane will come this year

With the 737 Max crisis far from over, there was speculation that a 797 decision might be delayed.

Most Read