The Art Foundation of Mill Creek unveils its 11th annual Art’s Alive show and sale Oct. 19 through 21 at the North Creek Presbyterian Church.
The show highlights local and regional artists including many new artists as well as returning favorites. The participating artist will be on hand all three days displaying their work in oil, acrylics, watercolor, pottery, glass, jewelry, sculpture, paper collage as well as other mediums which will be available for sale.
Featured artist this year are painter Jennifer Bowman, finials and fabric artist Vicki Dodge and handcrafted jewelry artist Kiraya Kestin.
Bowman is well known for her watercolor paintings of flowers. She placed first in 2-dimensional arts in last year’s Art’s Alive show. Bowman’s paintings have been displayed across the Northwest; she also was featured at the Bellevue Arts Festival in July.
Dodge is another returning artist who has turned her talents toward whimsical garden finials, finials for special lamps, jewelry and even wildly provocative hats. Dodge and her husband, Mark, a landscape photographer, will both be displaying their work again at this year’s show.
Kestin is a first timer to Art’s Alive this year. Kestin’s artistic talents feature hand crafted jewelry fashioned from a number of metals, including silver, copper, beaded copper, plexi-glass and leather wearable art. She also paints watercolor and oils of garden scenes, cityscapes, people and animals.
The Art Foundation was started a decade ago by Jeanine Cyr, an active community member who died in 2003 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Cyr’s vision, which began with a small group of volunteers, is today a non-profit organization with members across the community, who have seen the show grow from a one day to three day event. In recognition of her contributions the Art Foundation established the Jeanine Cyr four year scholarship which is awarded annually to a deserving high school senior pursuing art.