Windows Alive!

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. Current window displays are located on Yakima Avenue between the Hotel Maison and Third Street.

Below is a sample of the artwork and statements from the five selected artists.

Current Artists for Spring and Summer 2021

Madeline Crowder

Madeline Crowder

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Madeline Crowder

Spontaneity is integral to my artistic process. It makes my work an honest reflection of my feelings and experiences, although I rarely create with the conscious intention to express a particular idea.

The concepts for my art often come from media I find inspiring, like books, music, or videos. I am drawn to visuals that reflect the places I spend time in, especially local landscapes and nature. But I also try to show beauty even in things that are easy to disregard as ordinary or ugly. Instead of being an escape from reality, I hope that my art helps others to love and appreciate their own world.

As a young person, my world view is still in development. So too is my art. At this stage in life, I’m eager to explore, learn, and work hard, to create a future I am proud of. Each piece feels like an adventure, an opportunity to try something new and push my abilities. I’m not in a rush to find a specific style or signature method. By experimenting, I feel free to make mistakes and changes as I go. Blending mediums, like traditional and digital, acrylic with pastel, or charcoal under watercolor, keeps the excitement of creating alive. An open attitude enhances both my life and my art.

To contact the artist: m.janecrowder@gmail.com

Leticia Mendoza Macedo

Leticia Mendoza Macedo

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Leticia Mendoza Macedo

Hello, I'm Leticus.

My medium here is 2D digital painting, but I'm open to a range of different art. I like to draw with pencil, pen and color pencils first, then I move that drawing into photoshop where I paint it out using paint & smudge to blend.

I recently started to photo collage. I grab different pictures and cut, manipulate, warp, burn, dodge and smudge it together to make it look like what I'm creating.

Example: The pony in the Rainbow Dash image has four images.
  • + A feather image for the wings.
  • + An image of a woman for the hair.
  • + A pony image for the body.
  • + A polar bear image for the rest of the fur.

Many things inspire me; my daughter, dreams, nightmares, family, friends video games, cartoons, emotions and other peoples drawings. It depends on whatever is running in my thoughts at the moment I’m trying to create. The Foot Monster was originally a drawing my daughter created. I thought she would love to see her creation come to life. I painted it when she slept, so she could see it, when she woke up and she loved it!!

To contact the artist: LeticusArt@gmail.com

Kaerli Gray

Kaerli Gray

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Kaerli Gray

I have lived in Yakima County for most of my life and find pleasure in capturing the beauty of the people and nature that this wonderful place has to offer through drawing, painting and photography. Alongside this, I enjoy using these skills to make gifts for family and friends, as well as support our local first responder heroes. Especially this year, I have found it extremely important to show my appreciation for them.

My themes are various, but I enjoy portraits, nature and movie characters and feel comfortable working with pencil and acrylic paint.

As far as prior experience, I have entered my work in school competitions as well as the Central Washington State Fair for the past several years.

I am honored to be considered in a project as exciting as this one!

To contact the artist: kbaer14@charter.net

Cecilia Marie Hudon

Cecilia Marie Hudon

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Cecilia Marie Hudon

Cecilia Marie Hudon is a self-taught artist based out of Yakima, Washington. Cecilia's love for art and her ability to create it began at a very early age. She began drawing before she could read. Her small sketches for friends turned into elaborate drawings, then into larger murals.

Cecilia began exploring with both oil and acrylic paint in her teen years but as she has gotten older, she has developed a love for oil painting and now primarily paints in oil on large canvases. Although her subjects have varied, her uses of vibrant colors, mixtures of textures, depth and ability to creatively capture expression and detail continue.

“I want my art to be that spark that influences the artists within you. I truly believe that the ability to create art is in all of us, because everything is art. The creation of anything that stems from ones imagination, emotions and feelings is simply beautiful to me.”

To contact the artist: Theartof1979@gmail.com

Yusuf Incetas

Yusuf Incetas

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Yusuf Incetas

Yusuf Incetas has been handcrafting art cloth dolls since 2014. He started working on a doll to take his mind off some issues that was going on in his life. He studied the work of Patti Medaris Culea, and began his first doll. When he started, he said he did not enjoy it as much – there was a lot successes and mishaps. It was an effective distraction for a while. He took a hiatus for a few years, then began to work again. When he creates a doll, he decides on a theme, but doesn’t know how it will turn out until it is finished. His latest work centers on issues and represents a message with each doll. Recently he finished a doll about breast awareness, and another on the problems of Muslim women. He most recent doll incorporated the Turkish eye and addressed the concept of superstition.

Recent Exhibitions
65th Central WA Artists Exhibition • Larson Gallery • November 2020
Larson Gallery Guild Members Exhibition • Larson Gallery • June 2020
Uncorked • Moses Lake Art Center • January/February 2020
Larson Gallery Guild Members Exhibition • Larson Gallery • May 2020

To contact the artist: yincetas@yahoo.com

About the Project

"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: Jane Cooper

The Arts Commission is accepting applications through 5:00pm, August 31st, 2021 for the fall/winter installation.

For more details contact Jane Cooper at yakimawindows@gmail.com