Duvall is passionate about the Arts! Year after year, Duvall continues to grow as an arts community, focusing on many year-round art related activities for both families and adults. This year sees the continuation of many favorites like Sandblast and Art in Bloom. Our art community is flourishing, especially our very own Northwest Art Center. They have moved into a beautiful new home underneath Match Coffee and Wine, and have expanded their artistic programming for people all ages, including a new digital art program. Stop in, check out the space, take a class and participate…be inspired to create!
Sprinkled into the summer of events is the Duvall Cultural Commission’s Summer Stage. Set in Duvall’s scenic riverside McCormick Park in Historic Duvall, our outdoor summer concert series in July & August, offers six free evenings of family entertainment with an eclectic array of outstanding performances. All performances typicallty run Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:30pm, in the park. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic food with them to each concert. Dance through the long summer evenings by the river, or just sit and relax and let the music and the natural setting wash over you. See you at the park!
The Sandblast Festival for the Arts will be held in later July and is presented by Duvall Foundation for the Arts (DFA). It has been a staple in the community for over two decades. Celebrating more than 25 year, check to see which weekend SandBlast will be held THIS year.
There will likely be fine arts, live bands, a theater performance, and sand sculpting along the shores of the beautiful and historic Snoqualmie River at McCormick Park (26200 NE Stephens St, Duvall). Each day begins at noon. Bring your beach shovels and stay all day! This is a must-see family event and one of the highlights of summer in Duvall!
Celebrating its 16th, Art in Bloom coming early August, is a unique art show featuring local artists and outdoor garden art. Unlike most art shows held in galleries, Art in Bloom takes place outdoors at the amazing Kokopelli Gardens in Duvall. Guests will stroll through the gardens and view an array of mediums of outdoor sculpture art, presented by the Duvall Foundation for the Arts (DFA) . Enjoy fine wine, delicious entrees and desserts, and live music, then support local artists by purchasing picture perfect piece.
No summer would be complete without the annual Duvall Art and Wine Walk. This event partners local businesses in downtown Duvall who make room for artists to display their work for one evening. The public is free to stroll into the businesses to see the art and chat with the artists. Most art may be purchased, but it can be viewed at no charge. This juried event aims to showcase professional artists of the Snoqualmie Valley along with regional artists of note. In addition to artwork, various local musicians are scattered throughout the event adding to the ambiance. Local wine is featured for tasting, and several wine makers come to also enjoy the show, while showcasing their wines.
Visiting the area and looking for live entertainment? Did you know the valley has its own community theater group, bringing local productions to the valley all year long? Yes, Cascade Community Theatre, serving the community of the Snoqualmie Valley, brings all types and genres of theater to the community. Whether it’s A Christmas Carol during the holiday season, Shakespeare adaptations during the summer, or the young elementary age and middle school kids doing the CCT Youth Theater program, CCT does it all! Go to www.cctplays.org to support this great little theater group.
Children watch in awe as artists mold riverbanks into giant sand sculptures as salmon swim by. Classic cars parade through town, stopping at intersections flanked by totem poles and street signs created by local artists. Farmers tuck tractors into historic barns in time to join their families for concerts in the park while their children busy themselves at a table--creating art with found objects. Local musicians huddle under tents, playing through the rain while community members visit local businesses as part of an evening art walk. These are the sights, sounds, and artistic traditions of the Snoqualmie Valley--the home of the Northwest Art Center or NWAC.
NWAC’s program is located in historic old town Duvall, though we serve residents of the entire Snoqualmie Valley region, on the rural east side of Seattle. Our program is staffed by working artists who, in addition to honing their own craft, provide quality visual art education to approximately 260 students per year in our non-profit arts education program. Students range in age from 5 through adult--including senior citizens. We offer classes and workshops on ceramics, drawing, painting and are expanding to teach digital arts programs. Each year, in addition to our in-house education, over 1,000 community members participate in NWAC community art events and experiences. These events and experiences, which are primarily staffed by our dedicated volunteers who put in countless hours to help support our mission, enhance lives by teaching the value of art, ideas, expression and creativity through quality visual art education.