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.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@valleyrecord.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.valleyrecord.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

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

Homeless man lying on the bench. File photo
Cities opting out of county homelessness tax took $17 million with them

It leaves the county with roughly $50 million a year to bond against.

In this February 2020 photo, flood waters inundate Carnation and close Tolt Hill Road. File photo
Flood projects in the valley

Highlights from the list of improvements.

Some cool deer near Preston on Oct. 6. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
News around the Valley: Ballots, oil, weather, water

Voters in the Snoqualmie Valley should have received their ballots for the election.

Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
A construction crew works on the site of the new Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center in North Bend on Oct. 6. Construction began in September on the multi-field sports complex. It is expected to be completed in May 2021, and provide space for four Little League baseball fields, or two soccer, football or lacrosse fields. The baseball fields will be able to accommodate high school, junior league and softball teams. In other athletics news, the Sno-King Snoqualmie ice hockey rink is also hosting grand opening on Oct. 18.
News around the valley: Athletic center construction, Highway 18 death, candidate forum

Wildfire smoke kills hundreds of WA residents A recent report by the… Continue reading

File photo
State Supreme Court strikes down $30 car-tab initiative

Justices unanimously agreed that voter-approved Initiative 976 is unconstitutional.

(Stock photo)
Rent, utilities moratorium extended

They were extended through Dec. 31.

Andy Hobbs / staff photo
Valley merchants and the cities of North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City are co-hosting a Quarantine-O-Ween for Halloween festivities this year. Pictured left to right: Earl Bell, Board President, SnoValley Chamber of Commerce; Rachelle Armstrong, owner of The Bindlestick coffee shop in downtown Snoqualmie; and Kelly Coughlin, director of the SnoValley Chamber.
Halloween trek comes to the valley

Local businesses and cities will be holding a scavenger hunt and candy pick up on Halloween.

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
COVID-19 guidelines for Halloween

Halloween will undoubtedly look different this year, with public health agencies warning… Continue reading

Courtesy of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Camp Brown opens in the Snoqualmie Valley

A new trail and day use area is open for public use… Continue reading

Most Read