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 saw the emergence of new activities, such as the hosted Vintage Markets, and the continuation of many favorites like Sandblast. 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!
One of the newest art groups in Duvall is Valley Chicks. ‘Hatched’ in early 2014, Valley Chicks started as a simple Facebook page to encourage and support a group of local artists, creative reimaginers, up-cyclers and vintage fans. A place where questions may be asked, information shared and items are available for sale. Several members have successfully launched their own small businesses.
In April 2014 a Spring Vintage and Artist Market was held at the Duvall Visitors Center and was a huge success. Then a Summer Market in August and Winter Market in November followed. Every market is a little different, sometimes with the added fun of a photo booth or vintage style photographer, artisan baker or soap maker and is a casual, family / dog friendly community event.
The Valley Chicks Vintage & Artist Market features 20 vendors and showcases the work of its amazing members and local artists.
Art in Bloom
2015 will mark the 10th year for Art in Bloom. The 10th Annual Art in Bloom will be held the last weekend in June on June 26-29, 2015. This local event presented by the Duvall Foundation for the Arts (DFA) features local outdoor and sculpture artists set in the beautiful and locally-owned Kokopelli Gardens. This year’s theme will focus on the Northwest and draw inspiration from our beautiful surroundings. Guests attending can stroll slowly through the beautiful gardens, enjoying music and sculpture, then support local artists by purchasing picture perfect pieces. The opening night gala event is for mom and dad, but kids and families are welcome to enjoy the gardens free of charge all weekend long. All proceeds go to the participating artists and help fund scholarships given by the DFA.
For 2015, Sandblast Festival for the Arts will be held on July 18th and 19th. SandBlast Festival of the Arts mixes all of the arts into one weekend. An impressive sand-carving event by local artists on the beach of the Snoqualmie River in Duvall’s McCormick Park is accompanied by a local musical line-up of at least 12 musical acts, a theater performance by Cascade Community Theater, and many local art vendors. This is a must-see family event and one of the highlights of summer in Duvall!
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 offers six free evenings of family entertainment with an eclectic array of outstanding performances. All performances 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!
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.