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 selected artists.

Current Artists for Spring/Summer 2024

Christine Talbott-Carter

Christine Talbott-Carter

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Christine Talbott-Carter

I challenge myself to use photography to turn the ordinary into art. I play with reflections from mirrors, glass objects and windows. I experiment with LEDs and intentional camera movement to create called “light-paintings.” More recently, I’ve made double exposures (the joining of two photos into one). There are always a ton of outtakes and a lot of duds; but when I discover an image that excites me, it feels like serendipitous magic.

Some of the everyday things I use in my photographs include a collection of thrift store glass vases. For “Pythoness” I held a lavender vase in front of my face; the curved glass created a layer of reflected diffused light and the glass rings of another vase are also reflected on both sides.

I experiment with LEDs, holiday lights, light-up jewelry for kids parties and LED gloves meant for the rave scene. If it lights up, I want it! I’ve even wedged a specific type of steel wool into a kitchen whisk, set the wool on fire and swung the whisk full circle creating photos of sparkling fiery rings against the night sky (please do not try this at home!).

My abstract image “Water Wheel” is a light painting. The “After Midnight” piece was a similar process where the raw image was taken of downtown lights from a moving car. Editing in Lightroom transformed the raw photos into the artsy feel of the completed prints.

The Barbie series has been really fun. I can pose her against an array of backgrounds and I love seeing what happens when I double expose a Barbie photo against one of my other photos. “The Awakening” image is a good example of an image with a window reflection.

Artist Email: photocat19@icloud.com

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat nurtures family strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat advocates for and assists hard-working families in their quest for a better life, including a safe and secure place to call Home.

It takes an entire village of individuals to accomplish such lofty goals. For the past 40 years, literally thousands of staff and volunteers have committed themselves to helping educate, nurture, support, and encourage hundreds of committed, hopeful new homeowners.

The Faces of Habitat seen here are just a few of the caring people who help the organization change lives. These individuals come from all walks of life, situations, and beliefs, but together, they share a common goal, and make the mission of Habitat for Humanity a reality.

In a similar manner, artist Heather Hein created these two panels in the style of sculptor Louise Nevelson. Heather’s vision was to create art from unrelated objects. Each item brings its own quality to the whole, just as the person behind each face brings abilities and talents to the organization.

As we celebrate our 40th year, we invite you to join the team. Whether you donate your old household items to the Habitat Store, shop any of the thousands of new and used items we sell, join a volunteer construction team, or simply spread the word of what we do, you will be helping families build better lives. You will be making a difference, and creating hope.

Artists Email: heather@yakimahabitat.org

Lisa Harmon

Lisa Harmon

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Lisa Harmon

My art is an extension of a lifelong artistic journey that began with music, continued with writing and landed on paint and brushes. My focus is portraiture, exploring figure and nude themes and occasionally painting landscapes.

For me, painting is a daily endeavor, working primarily with acrylic on canvas. Many of my pieces are created using bright colors, infused into emotional, whimsical themes. I enjoy trying new techniques, like mimicking a Van Gogh, or painting on repurposed boards from packing materials. My subject ideas come straight from my imagination, and are either worked out in sketches first, or painted directly onto canvas.

I find inspiration in many places, but falling in love is my most potent inspirational tool. A muse is essential for producing my artwork, and my muses have come to me through ordinary encounters, sparking extraordinary passion in me. My pieces in blue, honor the professions of my most recent muses.

My art studio is my living room, my gallery; the rest of the house. And intertwined throughout my home, are several murals, constructing a vibrant living space that is both unique and alive. I usually work fast, and find the process of painting, energizing and fun!

Artist Email: Harmon736@hotmail.com

Natalie Biegler

Natalie Biegler

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Natalie Biegler

In my portrait oil paintings, I explore the consuming subconscious mood of the subject. The mood is the loud color and vague environment, with the subjects themselves being symbolic and strange. A preoccupied identity. Enveloped by the narrative of their own story. The titles to their stories are everyday sayings, such as: “Watch like a hawk,” “As mad as a March hare,” “Crow over,” “As sick as a dog,” “Bull in a china shop,” “If pigs could fly,” and finally, “Dark Horse.”

Artist Email: bieglerartistry@gmail.com

Dr. Yesenia Navarrete Hunter

Dr. Yesenia Navarrete Hunter

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Dr. Yesenia Navarrete Hunter

Dr. Yesenia Navarrete Hunter was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. as a child. She is the daughter of Guadalupe Marquez and Alberto Marquez, now of Wapato, Washington, where she grew up as a migrant farm worker. Her current work, called “Entangled Histories of Land and Labor,” centers on the braided histories of immigrants and Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. By looking at movement, migration, and material practices, Yesenia looks at how groups make places of belonging and craft opportunities for new relationships. Her work is guided by the question: How do people make place and create rhythms of belonging in fragile spaces? The aesthetics of her work are guided by elements of place, memory, embodied practices, and relationality. Yesenia is a scholar and an artist. Her work is fueled by her role as a mother and is influenced by the material practices of the music, poetry, and community building elements of the practice of the transnational movement of fandango.

Dr. Hunter is an Assistant Professor of History at Heritage University in Washington State, and a Humanities Fellow with Humanities Washington for 2023-2024.

This project is called “Land Acknowledgment” and includes paintings, wood burning, wood carving, dyed eggs, and lino prints. These pieces come together to evoke questions about our relationship to land, place, and place-making.

Artists Email: yesihunter@gmail.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 next round of artist applications will open in late summer 2024

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


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