By Jack Taylor
Good wine and beer seem to go well with anything. A nice cheese board, fresh fish, and even fine art. What better way to get people interested in local art than an art walk.
Commencing on Sept. 3 and going into the fall, numerous breweries and wineries are displaying local artist’s work in conjunction with the Woodinville Arts Alliance’s Fall Art Walk. Taking place at 13 different locations throughout Woodinville, organizer and fellow artist and Bellevue College teacher Stacey Almgren spoke about why it is important to have an art walk for the community.
“I would say it promotes a sense of community is what I really love about it, and then it’s such a great kind of pairing with the wineries and all of our awesome local businesses,” Almgren said.
The mission of the Woodinville Arts Alliance to promote the integration and appreciation of art in the day-to-day life of the Woodinville community began three years ago. Almgren believes the art walk speaks to that ambition.
“Our goal is to not only promote our local artists but also our local businesses,” Almgren said.
Artists wanting to display their work on the Art Walk must submit five pieces to a selection committee that will determine if they meet the qualifications of the Woodinville Arts Alliance. Mosaic artists, photographers, watercolorists and those who specialize in acrylics and oils are encouraged to participate.
Almgren’s work which primarily consists of acrylics is displayed at Zebra Cellars, while other artists have their work at places like Torri Mor Winery and Sky River Mead and Wine.
Having one’s work displayed in a restaurant or brewery is more than just for the artist, according to Almgren.
“It’s a nice place where people can go versus coming to my studio,” Almgren said. “I think it is more relaxed, you know, they can just come and view the art—it’s fun for me to see people come and view the art,”.
All the art displayed is for sale. The next art walk is on Dec. 3. More information on the artists involved can be found on the Woodinville Arts Alliance’s website.