The Yakima Arts Commission, an advisory group appointed by the Yakima City Council, developed an idea to harness the creativity of Central Washington artists to invigorate windows of empty downtown storefronts by displaying their work as part of a project called, "Windows Alive!". "Windows Alive!" is part of an ongoing effort to bring public art in Downtown Yakima.
Below is artwork from a previous show. The current show runs through March 15th and can be viewed on the North side of Yakima Avenue between the Hotel Maison and Third Avenue.
My paintings and installations attempt to playfully orchestrate the ever-present flotsam of visual culture into materially driven abstractions. The images and situations I create resist easy definition or categorization, yet share a common visual tie to the cultural residue that surround us. I employ a collage-like approach to painting and installation that is informed by the history of abstraction but takes its visual cues from disparate and antiheroic sources... READ MORE Through a process of abstracting and reframing elements from my experiences and environment, I create works that embrace the instability of meaning. The resultant work is reflective of a distracted and occluded experience of sensory input- my own painterly version of tabbed browsing. Currently an instructor of Art and Humanities at Yakima Valley College, John Bissonette regularly exhibits work nationally in cities including Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, and Las Vegas. He has been the recipient of a residency fellowship from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, a Jackpot Grant from the Nevada Arts Council, and the Herman P. Spivy Graduate Fellowship from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
I was born, and raised in Portland, Oregon. As a child I enjoyed fine art, dance, and horses. I was fortunate to study art at the Museum Art School (a part of The Portland Art Museum), both as a child, and in college. The world of art opened up to me at a young age thanks to my wonderful parents. I left the Museum School for love, and marriage. I moved to Egypt, and then Saudi Arabia with my husband, where I remained for nine years... READ MORE It was a both difficult, and wondrous time. When I returned to Portland I finished my degree, and continued my life, and work, here, in my beloved Pacific Northwest. My artwork reflects my journey, and experiences. The work shown in my window is a retrospective, with current and older pieces.
Scott Mayberry is a painter and mixed-media sculptor with a taste for magic realism and oddball materials. His work explores the relationship between nature and the man-made world, and what that says about us as individuals—connecting, creating, destroying, and building ourselves anew. Robin Mayberry’s textile art is informed by the slow stitch tradition. Her pieces are created with found and artist-dyed fabrics, then composed in layers and densely stitched... READ MORE This show was curated with a theme of botanicals and nature. What does the earth create? How do we create? What rises up and what surrenders to time? The order of the natural world and the order of the constructed world differ, and yet complement each other. In each case they will have their moment to shine, and to fade, and to allow for the next layer of creation. Scott and Robin live in Ellensburg with their kids, cats, dogs and chickens. Despite different styles and skill sets, they regularly influence and champion one another’s work.
I was born and raised in Washington state and I incorporate a Pacific Northwest theme throughout most of my work. I experiment with oils, acrylics, pencil, color pencil and chalk pastel. My passion was in street painting for 15 years, enabling me to travel around the U.S. and Canada before health issues prevented me from continuing. I am an avid fisherman and have always marveled at the beauty and colors of fish... READ MORE I love the diversity of our state and have hiked extensively through the Olympic Peninsula. Capturing a glimpse of the Creators handiwork in landscapes is something I enjoy. I attended WWU in Bellingham where I majored in Art Educations and minored in Elementary Education. I taught fourth grade for 10 years before teaching Art for 25 years in Grandview, WA, retiring in 2014. I have been married to Catherine for 37 years and we have two grown daughters, one granddaughter and another on the way.
In 2016, the Yakima Arts Commission began a project to beautify Yakima by working with local artists to use their creations to wrap various utility boxes around Yakima. Working with the City of Yakima Public Works Department, nine boxes around town have been wrapped and more added each year as boxes are damaged or need replacement... READ MORE “Public art is so important to creating a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere in our community,” stated Yakima Arts Commission Chair Noel Moxely at the unveiling of the first box in March 2016. To view the utility boxes on a map of the city go to YakimaArtBoxes.com
I am a longtime resident of Yakima and when growing up in Tacoma, received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Pacific Lutheran University. I have applied my creativity to an extremely diverse array of work including retail merchandising, extensive mural painting for residential and commercial spaces, live creations of canvas art for fund raisers, as well as commercial and residential interior design and decorating... READ MORE More recently I have explored repurposing materials into birdhouses. For this exhibit the birdhouses were made utilizing vanity light shades as well as random, hardware items, found objects and pieces from other’s ‘trash’ to become useful on these one of a kind treasures. They are fully functional with a hinged access door, should a featured friend decide to become a tenant. Each is embellished with my initials “JB” fashioned out of wire and attached to the back. To accompany the birdhouse and garden theme, I’ve created these paintings exploring scale, lighting and texture.
"Empty windows in unoccupied storefronts send a message that isn't very positive," said Yakima Cheryl Hahn who originally championed the "Windows Alive!" project. "The idea behind 'Windows Alive!' is to fill those storefront windows with beautiful art and create a more engaging and vibrant environment downtown. The project also gives local artists a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work."
Windows Alive Coordinator:
The application period to display in the next round of Windows Alive is now open. Click here for the application and details.
For more details contact Jane Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a sampling of past art on display. Photos by Lonny Smart.