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.
The following artist’s works can be seen on the North side of Yakima Avenue between the Hotel Maison and Third Street. This installation runs from March 3rd, 2017 through September, 2017.
Like most artists, I [Deborah Ann] have worked alone in creating art with my message and materials. I couldn’t conceive of working with someone else on a project... READ MORE That changed when I met John Barany. He offered his art to other artists to impose their art onto his. We didn’t know each other prior to embarking on this journey so came without much idea as to what the other liked or thought we should do. In the last two years we have collaborated on many pieces and enjoyed learning about the techniques and ideas of each other. Bringing together his beautiful wood work with my fabric and clay work has been a great experience and created some very unique pieces.
I work in oil focusing on landscapes, portraits and still lifes. Most of my pieces on display were painted in the last two years. I love to share my love of oil painting with the public.
I have no formal training in art and stumbled into sculpture by accident. Having spent the last three years marinating in my own head on the path of artistic... READ MORE expression, it has been my greatest self-imposed learning curve. Since I didn’t know that I couldn’t do it; I’ve essentially taught myself sculpture. I have routinely eschewed responsibilities in order to spend more time in the studio, essentially in a state of pure pleasure. I am surrounded by my mother’s fine artwork and have learned a certain sensibility from her. I have shown work in the Larson Gallery, shown and sold work in the Larson Gallery’s Tour of Artists’ Studios plus the Boxx Gallery in Tieton.
For as far back as I can remember I have made art: finger-painting, drawing, high school posters, oil and watercolors. I majored in art in college, exploring the field from... READ MORE graphic design to scenery painting. The past two years I have taken a more serious approach to my painting. My current work takes a reflective view and a sharpened focus. I am intrigued by light and shadow and how they inform shape. Originally from Berkeley, CA I have lived in MT, MA, NV, Central America and Seattle with assorted places in between. These “cross cultural” experiences have given me a world view not only of those things that make us different and unique, but also those elements of everyday life that we universally share.
In my art, I make no attempt to direct the viewer to a specific feeling, it is not political and I make no comment on social issues through my work. It is just art... READ MORE What we see and hear and smell and feel all affect our quality of experience and the joy in each moment of our lives. When the artist displays their work, the viewer participates in a moment of shared discover with the artist. Each person’s reaction is unique, they may not relate in exactly the same way as the artist or possibly the same experience as any other viewer, the individual response is specifically personal. In fact, viewed a second or third time, the same work may evoke a different experience for the viewer.
My paintings are but one part of my total output of some forty+ years of mark making. I began my career as a painter receiving my art school degrees in photography... READ MORE My work in photography evolved through both black and white and color My latest black and white photographs were based on an intensive period of drawing from 1989 to 2005, with the objects and environments (boxes suggesting or echoing a proscenium, sometimes with curtains) in the images being found, found and altered or fabricated or in other words brought together to make the final artwork. Painting on panel, paper and canvas I use a combination of pastel, powdered pigment, oil, acrylic and wax.
"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."
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Here’s a sampling of past art on display. Photos by Lonny Smart.