Windows Alive! Project Is Back for a Fourth Year!
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!". Based on similar projects that have proven successful in other cities, "Windows Alive!" is part of an ongoing effort to bring new life and activity to 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 October 7th 2016 through February 17th, 2017.
Artists Currently On Display
My interest in painting goes way back. Taking only a few art classes in high school was enough to get me hooked for life. Botanicals and stills have been my mainstay, but I am moving into the realm of landscapes, taking advantage of the beautiful open skies and warm tones the Yakima Valley offers. Although I have worked in several mediums, I prefer acrylics. For me, acrylics offer more flexibility than watercolor, but aren't quite as forgiving as oils.
I love to draw and paint - and am forever making small sketches on whatever small slips of paper or envelope backs are nearby. I enjoy working with pen, ink, and paint, but I am most at home making wearable art and craft items that feel both original and personal. Working primarily with metal and vintage pieces at times forces me to work new ways. Metal can be both malleable and unforgiving. I particularly enjoy attempting to communicate the softness and lightness of natural forms within the permanence of metals like copper and brass.
I have been painting for eight years and my favorite medium is watercolor. My favorite subject is rusted vehicles and it takes me around 35-40 hours to complete a painting. The watercolor paintings displayed are mostly local vehicles found in Sunnyside, Union Gap, Zillah and Moxee. The pick-up with a scarecrow and pumpkins is located on Whidbey Island. The van with flowers is at a nursery in Whitefish, Montana.
Tieton Mosaic was launched in 2013 by Tieton Arts & Humanities. Our goal is to establish a self-sustaining artisan business that renews typographic mosaic techniques inspired by the bold designs of Yakima Valley fruit labels. We are a full service mosaic sign studio that accepts commissions and production work, and are proud to employ local apprentices.
Roxie Prothero Basford
As the images unfold they become the inter reflection of the artist though her creations. This group is an eclectic depiction of Roxie's work and is intended to weave a tapestry of her love for an array of compositions, and intrigue the viewer to imagine each aspect of the art before them. Roxie has had the honor of teaching art, which is great for a continual student. Never feeling she has learned enough, she scrutinizes her work and attentively works toward that perfect piece.
Jamie Van Gordon
Art is an Adventure! My art is inspired by the unlimited adventures and scenery available to us in the great Northwest. I love to river fish, as you will find reflected in the overall body of my work. I also enjoy Wildlife, Hunting, Photography, Horses and Working on the Farm. The art you will see comes from personal experience whether its reeling in a beautiful fish, stepping in to a picturesque scene, working on the ranch or experiencing some new adventure.