South King County Cultural Coalition Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:21:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mary Olson Farm needs field trip docents Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:08:08 +0000

WRVM-farmfieldtrip-smallIf you like the idea of spending mornings strolling a beautifully restored historic farm and sharing the wonders of the out-of-doors and historic farming with small groups of school children, then you should attend the upcoming training to become a field trip tour guide at the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn. Each year roughly 2,500 students tour this award-winning historic farm where they learn about where their food comes from and stream ecology. The Farm is home to seven historic buildings, a 100+ year old orchard, a salmon bearing stream, deeply forested hillsides and meadows cut for hay. The Farm’s ponies, cows, chickens, goats and cats are on hand to interact with visitors.

The White River Valley Museum is recruiting volunteer tour guides in time to register for annual training September 23 from 10 AM to noon. No special skills required, but volunteers with a knack for public speaking, a love for working with children and an ability to walk on uneven footing are preferred.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Janet Wells, Volunteer Coordinator at 253-804-5010 or by September 19.

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Pianos on Parade in Auburn Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:44:37 +0000


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Detail from the piano created by Amaranta Ibarra

Pianos on Parade is back for a third year, celebrating art and music throughout Auburn.  This temporary art project takes the shape of seven art-modified pianos that anyone can see and play. Previously only located in Downtown Auburn, the program has expanded to Les Gove Park and Lakeland Hills. Play one or more of the pianos, take a photo or video, and share it with all of Auburn! #PianoChallenge

Here is a list of pianos, artists and locations:

  • At the corner of Main and Division in downtown Auburn, the piano created by the brother-sister team of Michael  Taskey and Theresa Taskey was inspired by the 1920s German silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The artists used glow-in-the-dark paint, carved wood and solar-powered lights. The host for this piano is State Farm insurance agent Scott Hubert.
  • At 101 E Main Street, Nelson’s Jewelry hosts the piano created by artist Mary Ellen Bowers, who created a torn-paper collage to depict Mt. Rainier and the view from Auburn’s Centennial Viewpoint Park.
  • At 1406 Lake Tapps Parkway E, the piano by freelance multimedia artist/designer Suzy Fountaine is an updated version of her piano from 2013, with 3-D elements that can be viewed through glasses provided onsite. This piano is being hosted by Haggen Food Grocery Store, Lakeland Hills.
  • At the B Street Plaza at 144 E Main Street, Home Plate Pub is hosting a piano by Amaranta Ibarra, who depicts Día de los Muertos and invites passersby to consider their ancestors.
  • At Sound Transit Plaza (23 A Street), photographer Elise Koncsek created laser-cut wooden notes which began as digital images, and then affixed these to the piano – the public can share their own melodies by arranging the laser-cut wood musical notes on metallic staff lines.=============This piano is being hosted by Station Bistro.
  • In Les Gove Park (910 Ninth Street SE), the City of Auburn is hosting a piano that is no longer playable but is a visual surprise. Illustrator/animator Amy Collins collaborated with artist Jerrud Collins to reimagine this piano as a big fuzzy animal. It is located adjacent to the Discovery Playground.
  • And in tribute to street performers everywhere, the Penny Piano, hosted at 402 E Main Street by Zola’s Cafe, is covered with pennies and has a tip jar built right in.

These pianos are on display in Auburn and are available for playing through Monday, September 8.

Posted on 8/18/2014.



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Now hiring – managing director for Book-It Theatre Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:43:33 +0000

Book-It Repertory Theatre
Application deadline: 9/15/2014

Book-It Repertory Theatre is looking for an energetic and visionary business manager to lead the company through its 25th anniversary season and into the next 25 years. Book-It began as an artists’ collective, and since its early years has maintained strength and purpose through a collaborative work environment on stage, back stage, and in its administration and governance. The new managing director  will commit to the company’s goals of artistic excellence, sustaining the organization for future audiences, and serving the community through outreach and education programming. The theatre is based in Seattle but performs around the state. For more information, click here.

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Touring artist roster auditions Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:14:27 +0000

Application deadline: 8/21/2014

4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster is an online directory of professional performing artists that is promoted to county and regional arts presenters. Selected artists are profiled on the Touring Arts Roster website where they may be found by organizations and individuals seeking to hire talent. 4Culture also supports artists with blog and social media presence.

Performing artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply for an audition spot. These are the only audition dates for the Touring Arts Roster in 2014. Auditioning artists must live in King County, fill out an Intent to Apply form and bring promotional materials with them to the audition. Application information may be found on the TAR website – don’t delay, application deadline is August 21st and audition spots can fill up.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 21. Auditions will be held at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue on Sunday and Monday, August 24 and 25, from 9 AM – 5 PM.

Questions? Email Doreen Mitchum or call 206-296-7579.

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Matthew – Lanning – Hamilton – Baxter Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:05:05 +0000

Burien Art Gallery
8/3 - 9/3/2014

Matthew Gotta RunThe Burien Arts Gallery’s August exhibition features painter Jim Matthew, photographer Jane Day Lanning, ceramic artist Vicki Hamilton and mixed media creator Diane Baxter.

Jim Matthew
Matthew notes his early artistic influences included his grandmother who taught him painting at the age of four. Artists at Highline College and Washington State University were also early inspirations. In the 1990’s, Matthew worked as a studio assistant for Alden Mason.

Matthew has exhibited in several Seattle galleries, including a two-person show with Kenneth Callahan at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery. The Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle currently represents Matthew. His work is in the collections of the cities of Burien, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle.

Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Washington State University and is currently enrolled in Highline College’s Visual Communications program. He is a member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters and  a founding member of the Poverty Bay Artist Group. He lives in Des Moines with his wife.

Jane Day Lanning
Lanning recalls her love of photography began in 1968 when her father gave her a SLR camera in 9th grade and Mr. Conley, the physics teacher, installed a darkroom. Years later, she completed the Art Institute of Seattle’s Commercial Photography program. As a life-long learner, Lanning traveled to Nepal for her first documentary assignment and has explored numerous national parks.

While not outdoors, Lanning teaches special needs students at Highline High School in Burien.

Vicki Hamilton
Wanting to get unstuck from the familiar and confortable context of doing the same thing over and over, Hamilton enrolled last September for a third time at the La Meridiana International School of Ceramic Arts in Italy.

“Here there are openings for creativity—inspiration is wherever you look!” Hamilton said. “The architecture, the landscape, the produce markets, galleries, museums, people.

“I began to see objects relative to the spaces they inhabited. I also began to wonder about the spaces between objects in a group and how might those spaces be part of the grouping.”

Now, Hamilton is back in her “normal” environment at the Moshier Art Center in Burien.

Diane Baxter
Baxter’s dramatic mixed media pieces–nearly six feet tall and measuring 15 inches at the base—are held over from the July show.

They are composed of organic materials gathered locally, including dirt, sand and sticks. Brocade cloth, wax, ribbon, nails, paint, charcoal and even a little bear fur can be discovered in her work. Baxter was born and raised in the Seattle area but has lived periodically in Alaska. She first worked in clay but has branched out into mixed media and collage.

As always, works from Artists United will also be featured.

The opening reception for the artists’ show is Thursday, August 7, 5 – 9 PM at the Gallery, which is located at 826 SW 152nd St. in Old Burien and is operated by the Burien Arts Association. the gala opening is part of the monthly B-Town Beat art walk with over 25 venues. At other times, the Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon-6 PM and Sunday, noon-4 PM.

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Community chorale seeks piano accompanist Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:20:11 +0000

Cascade Foothills Chorale
Interviews scheduled in August

This is a paid position. Qualified candidates will be able to provide full range of accompaniment skills, including:

  • Being committed to working with a non-audition, largely non-reading chorale who enjoy the fun of singing together
  • Ability to follow the Conductor/Director
  • Technical competence on the keyboard instrument
  • Strong sight reading skills
  • Knowledge of both the accompaniment and choral parts
  • Ability to play all combinations of vocal parts together (ability to read open choral scores usually 4-part only is preferred)
  • Knowledge of performance practice in all styles relevant to the repertoire being rehearsed or performed
  • Ability to assist faltering choral lines, allowing rehearsal to continue without stopping
  • General flexibility in deferring to directions of Conductor/Director, and supporting chorale and individual performers as needed

Duties of the Accompanist include prepared attendance at all rehearsals and concerts; notifying the Conductor/Director of absences to assist in arranging for guest accompanist if absence is unavoidable (including payment of same). Rehearsal are Thursday evenings 7-9:15 PM at Enumclaw Senior Center or at designated alternative sites. Additional rehearsals may be called in weeks preceding concerts. The Winter Concerts will be held the weekend of 13 and 14 DEC 2014. The dates for the Spring Concerts are yet to be determined (? 30/31 May, 2015). Term of engagement is ~1 year.

Please submit inquiries and/or resumes to Phone 206-354-4864. Include phone number and possible dates in August for audition with Director and members of the chorale.

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Vets Restore historic preservation training Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:16:20 +0000

Deadline: 8/15/2014

4Culture seeks military veterans who are interested in working in working with their hands and restoring old things. Vets Restore is a free 7-week program that offers specialized training in revitalizing historic structures, with a 5-week internship with a local construction firm and one-on-one job placement assistance. Learn more at Vets Restore. For more information, call Candice Corey with the King County Veterans’ Program, 206-477-6989.

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Call for artists – Arts Alive Show Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:51:46 +0000

Federal Way Arts Commission
Entries accepted on 9/24/2014, 3-5:30 PM

Entry forms for the juried Federal Way 2014 Arts Alive Exhibition are now available online. Entries must be brought in to Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue S in Federal Way on Wednesday, September 24, from 3-5:30 PM in the afternoon.  There is a $5 entry fee per piece of art. The exhibit will be up through the end of the year and there will be an Arts Harvest Reception and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30 PM.  For more information, click here.

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Six word story and memoir workshop for teens Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:02:16 +0000

Burien Library
Date: 8/26/2014, 4-5 PM

Middle and high school students are invited to come in and compose six word stories and/or memoirs. The Burien Library is located at 400 SW 152nd Street in Burien.  Free.

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Auburn Valley Creative Arts Gallery Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:57:03 +0000

Auburn Valley Creative Arts

AVCA-treeringsView works by AVCA members Zach Tanner, Conni Reinecke, Mary Ellen Bowers, Marie Lyndemere, Amanda J. DeSilver and more in AVCA‘s new gallery space at 222 E Main Street (Suite F in The Arcade building), Auburn.

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