By: Marisa Quirk
As the summer months continue, so too do Richland’s summer traditions. With so many things to do in downtown Richland, make sure you take some time to stop at the Gallery at the Park to see Allied Arts Association’s Annual Juried Show, beginning on July 1.
This year, Allied Arts Association’s Annual Juried Show features 47 works from 36 different artists, out of 194 submitted pieces from 66 artists. Some of the featured artists will even win monetary prizes, with more than $2,000 being awarded altogether. The majority of the artwork comes from around the Tri-Cities area, though many pieces are also from Walla Walla and a few come from Spokane and Seattle.
The juror for the 2017 show is Sarah Haven, an artist who has run the ceramics program at Central Washington University for several years. Haven was also a member of Seattle’s Punch Gallery for two years and of Culture Lab artist collective, an organization whose members work together creating art and participating in group shows, for eight years.
Currently, Haven travels around the Northwest, attending craft shows and searching for new artists to represent at Gallery One in Ellensburg. She frequently participates in these craft shows as well, and she has won many awards in juried shows across the country.
This exhibit will be on display at the Gallery at the Park from July 1 to August 18. The reception and award ceremony will be held on July 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Art in the Park
Don’t miss out on the 67th Annual Art in the Park, located at Howard Amon Park in Richland. Stop by Howard Amon to see the works of more than 200 artists, primarily from the Pacific Northwest area. You can visit artist booths and find beautiful, completely unique creations. Art in the Park always features a variety of different products, from handmade clothes and jewelry to woodworks and home décor. No matter where your interests lie, Art in the Park will have a booth for you.
This year, Art in the Park has widened its scope even further to include an increased focus on families and children. For example, children will be able to visit a booth where they can make art of their very own. Director Bethany Beard explains, “A lot of times when you walk through, you hear, ‘Don’t touch, don’t touch.’ We really want to make it where kids can interact with the art and feel like art is a part of themselves.”
Art in the Park will be on July 28 and 29, with art, food, children’s activities and performers scheduled throughout the two days.
During the summer, the Gallery at the Park offers weeklong classes for children ages 7 to 15. The classes taking place in July are “Paint the Town: Watercolor,” from July 10 to 14; “Pixelated,” from July 17 to 21; and “Printmaking,” from July 31 to August 4.