Art Together is a series of free art workshops for residents of Issaquah, WA. Made possible by a grant through 4Culture, the workshops will use creative processes to explore how the pandemic is impacting our lives. Each workshop is geared towards a specific age group and free supplies are provided for the participants.
THE COLLAGE WORKSHOP ON 5/22/21 WILL BE HELD IN PERSON AT AN OUTDOOR LOCATION. MASKS AND HEALTH ATTESTATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED.
Date: March 20th, 2021 11am-12:30pm
During this first virtual workshop for teens we focused on color and line making to create mandalas that reflect our unique experiences of living through a pandemic. facilitated by local artist Tina Velazquez Hays, The event was geared towards teens ages 13-17. Free art supplies were available for pick-up prior to the workshop at The Garage, A Teen Cafe.
Redmond 2021 Art Season
Scheduled for installation in the Spring of 2021 this public art project utilizes sculpture, language and light to explore loneliness and isolation in our Elder populations during the pandemic.
Red Thread, 2020
Painting installation on local business in Issaquah, WA, funded by the Downtown Issaquah Association.
Artist Statement: This piece explores the connections that exist between all members of this community. In the midst of this trying time I have chosen to illustrate the concept of connection as a red thread. The winding and looping cord composed of delicate individual fibers represents the members of the community and the bonds that tie us to one another, a visual reminder that we exist in direct, if at times tenuous, inter-connectivity with others and that our fates are woven together. This version of a red thread expands upon centuries of imbued meaning across traditions and cultures. Here in Issaquah, it is my hope that this red thread challenges us to embrace the spaces where our diverse cultures intersect, honoring the individual strands that make the whole stronger and more resilient. I acknowledge that this temporary installation was completed on the traditional land of the Coast Salish and Duwamish People, past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and those Tribes.
Pop-Up Community Art Gallery
Sept 11th, 2021- Sept 13th, 2021
Backstory: In the Fall of 2020 I gathered a variety of 2-D work from friends and local artists and put up a pop-up gallery for a weekend in an unoccupied commercial building in Downtown Issaquah. My aim was to create an novel economic opportunity for myself and fellow artists during the pandemic. Because use of the space was generously donated by another local business person, Aubrey Aramaki, of Aubrey’s Clock Gallery (317 NW Gilman Blvd #12, Issaquah, WA 98027) 100% of the proceeds from the sales went directly to the artists.