Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 11th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

VALA Art Center & Studios
16409 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA

Take a day to slow down and enjoy the art.

Join us at the VALA Art Center on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 1pm – 3pm and be a part of the international art appreciation event “Slow Art Day”. At this event we’ll take an in depth look at the works part of our current installation – Springtime Juried Show.

More information about international Slow Art Day can be found at

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Redmond Artist in Residence: Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders

Redmond’s Artist in Residence, Lucia Neare, has a complete season of public theatrical works planned for the Redmond community called the Season of Wonders! ”Lucia Neare is a 21st century pioneer of theater in public spaces. A creative force in the Northwest and advocate for cultural vibrancy and egalitarian accessibility, Neare’s large-scale site-specific theatrical works ignite civic imagination, drawing tens of thousands into multi-sensory dreamworlds.”

Lucia Neare’s upcoming show Recipe for Love takes place at four o’clock on May 3, 2014 at Redmond’s City Hall Campus. Neare aims to inspire “generations of creative, spirited thinkers” with her dream-scape performances that will be sure to touch an audience of all ages. Neare’s performances include upwards of hundreds of performers, giant set pieces, larger-than-life costumes, and live orchestra and dance.

In order to make these performances possible, Lucia and her team of artists need your help! The company offers all sorts of volunteer opportunities from gold leaf painters, sculptors/makers/builders and organizers to assistant stage managers.

Get Involved:
- Visit the complete listing of volunteer opportunities.
- Explore to find out more about Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders.
- Like the company on Facebook.
- Find the complete performance listing for Season of Love at


Od•ys•sey (noun) — A long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences.

I recently had an opportunity to experience “Odysseo,” the latest Cavalia horse show, now visiting Redmond’s Marymoor Park. What a treat for the senses!

Even before you enter, you are struck by the sheer size of the tent (the largest of its kind in the world), aware that you are about to witness something spectacular. Open the doors and you are welcomed by beautiful scenes from the show, and merchandise to get you excited as you make your way to your seats.

There isn’t a bad seat in the house. And, from halfway up the rows, I felt like I had a great view of both the high and low visual lines of the production.

The lights went down and I was taken on a ride through time and space, transported to a distant land or an earlier time, as a ballet between horses and performers played out in front of the crowd. I will leave the surprises for you to experience, but I will say that every scene was something new and exciting, and — many times — took my breath away.

There are acrobats, dancers, musicians and riders who use every opportunity to thrill their rapt audience with their beauty and strength. The acrobats do things that I didn’t think the human body could do, pushing their bodies to the extreme; dancing their hearts out and appearing to love every minute of it. The catapulting stilts that some of the dancers use will have you researching how you can get a pair for yourself. But, the most exciting performance comes from the horses. I cannot describe the emotional effect of seeing such majestic creatures acting in total concert with their gentle riders and one another. It will dazzle you and sometimes bring tears of happiness and wonder.

As I watched I got so taken in by the bond of animal and human that it brought tears to my eyes and gave me goose bumps. Not only do we see these animals as majestic, they are given the utmost respect by their handlers. You can see the personalities of these horses as they run around the landscape. They communicate with each other by looks and actions; if one horse isn’t pulling its weight then another will bite it on the hind quarter. It is hilarious and adorable. The extreme beauty of seeing horses run “wild” in a natural-looking environment left me sitting in my seat motionless and captivated. The horses are directed by vocal calls and hand gestures which makes this show extra amazing. I can only say that I wanted to see more, more, more!

All of the action is set against a backdrop featuring the most amazing sets, re-creating faraway lands and interactive environments. Huge screen use projections to help tell the story of every scene. Whether in the air, on the ground or in the water, the performers use every inch of the set to take you on a transformative journey. By the show’s end, I felt spellbound, knowing that I had seen something really special. You will feel like you are flying when you leave the arena!

Redmond has fully embraced this world-traveling wonder, as tickets have been selling at fast clip. Odysseo has already been extended two weeks! Get yourself to Redmond and take an adventurous trip with Oysseo. You will be changed.

Share Your Artwork with the Public: Redmond Arts Festival

Calling all artists for this great opportunity to show your artwork in a public setting. The Redmond Arts Festival, produced each year by *VALA Eastside and Redmond Town Center, is a 3-day festival featuring over 75 artist booths, demonstrations, workshops, musical entertainment and food vendors. The festival is a great way to involve the entire community in the vibrancy of the arts.

Last year’s artists raved, “this is an awesome show that more artists and community members should know about!” “This is also a really great show for artists who are new showing their work in this setting because the booths and tables are provided.” Feedback was also offered that “the event staff was excellent…attentive and wonderfully organized, helpful and constantly checking on everyone.”

This year, VALA Eastside and Redmond Town Center are excited to invite artists, craftsman and designers to participate in the 2014 5th Annual Redmond Arts Festival taking place August 15 – August 17th, 2014.

The three-day outdoor festival will be located on 74th Street at Redmond Town Center. Arts Festival Artists will also be considered for an on-site juried installation of artworks at the VALA Art Center, which runs August 14-31.  Application fee to apply to the festival is $20. Booth fee of $200 collected after acceptance into festival.  No Commission is taken on works sold. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 31, 2014.

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*VALA Eastside is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Redmond, WA committed to connecting artists to artists, artists to the community and the community to art.  The Redmond Arts Festival is in partnership with Redmond Town Center.  For more information, contact Jessica Lambert, VALA Co-Founder and Executive Director at or visit

ART IS ME in 2014: A New Way of Developing Redmond Culture

Redmond has a burgeoning cultural identification that, for some of us, feels like a long time coming. Under the leadership of Mayor John Marchione, the city of Redmond has drafted a master plan to develop the Downtown Cultural Corridor into an arts destination known for high quality cultural arts. The city’s goal is to develop an “exceptional built environment” with “arts around every corner, 18 hours a day.” This commitment to developing Redmond’s cultural scene will put our community on the map as a desired destination.

Another organization working toward improved culture and arts programming in Redmond is VALA Eastside [Venues for Artists in the Local Area]. VALA is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Redmond dedicated to connecting artists to artists, artists to the community and the community to art. The organization opened the VALA Art Center in March 2013 in hopes of developing a hub for art programming and art resources in Redmond. Located in Redmond Town Center, the VALA Art Center features art installations, events, workshops and residencies for local artists and the community. All programs are free of charge.

In 2014, VALA Eastside launched ART IS ME, a full year of art programming focused on building art appreciation in our community. VALA knows experiencing and appreciating art enriches our lives tremendously by inspiring emotional, introspective and contemplative reactions. By giving people an opportunity to interact with art beyond just viewing it, such as asking questions of the viewer and encouraging interactions such as touching and  listening, VALA aims to evoke a unique relationship between the person and the art.

The idea behind the theme “ART IS ME”, is one of inclusion for all community members. VALA’s programs and installations are intended to help us all become art enthusiasts by experiencing art in a new way, without judgment or intimidation. Art is created for all to enjoy and VALA welcomes everyone to join in embracing the notion “art is me!”

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VALA Art Studio: A Holiday Venue for Artists in Action

*VALA Eastside and Redmond Town Center partner to bring you a unique interactive art experience this holiday season. The VALA Art Studio: Artist in Residence (AIR) Program is a temporary home to nine resident artists to share their artistic processes in a free, community environment. At the VALA Art Studio, located in the former Borders Bookstore in Redmond Town Center, the community will have the opportunity to meet local artists in action, purchase handmade arts, participate in art activities and view live performances over the course of four consecutive weekends starting Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 10:00am. Grand opening festivities on November 29th are sponsored by King FM and 425 Magazine.

This is the first annual VALA Art Studio: Artist in Residence (AIR) Program whose primary function is to gift artists space to create in a venue with public exposure while demystify the process of art-making for the public. In addition to the resident artists of the VALA Art Studio, various programming will include Art Shop Days when even more artists will sell fine art and jewelry, Creative Art Making sessions for all ages, Indian Celebrations by Latha Sambamurti, a special installation from the Redmond Historical Society, Chamber Music by the Parnassus Project, and performances by Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP), Tara Academy of Irish Dance and Gotta Dance.

The featured Artists in Residence are Alexander Clark, Angela Fu, Anna Macrae, Cheryl Bowman, Eden Hopkins, Flora Ramirez Bustamante, Jacqui Calladine, Phil Jensen and Sherri T. Gamble whose art mediums ranges from fiber, to glass, to painting. These nine local artists met in the large, unused former bookstore in early November to begin planning for their collective art studio and free community project. In the days leading up to the grand opening, VALA will feature artist biographies and inspirations, as well as in-progress stories and photos from the artists on the blog Be sure to follow their story.

*VALA, Venues for Artists in the Local Area, Eastside, is a 501c3, non-profit arts organization that has been honoring local Eastside and greater Seattle artists since 2010. VALA’s mission is to connect artists to artists, artists to the community and the community to art while invigorating the community’s cultural scene. VALA is inspired by the vigor of the talented Artists in Residence and we hope you will be too. Join us for the following celebrations and events!

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Cre8tivZoo: Exhibitions of Wildly Cre8tiv Music at VALA Art Center

The innovative touring performance group, Lelavision, has been inspiring audiences in the greater Seattle area with their “wildly creative” new form of entertainment since 1996. Lelavison presents original performance works that cross all boundaries of race, education, language, religion, economic background, gender, and age. Over the years, Lelavision has coined and perfected its own genre of performance, “Physical Music.” Now, in partnership with the City of Redmond and *VALA Eastside, Lelavision brings a series of performances entitled “Cre8tivZoo: Exhibitions of Wildly Cre8tiv Music” to Redmond October through December 2013.

On Saturday, October 26th at 8:00pm, “Cre8tivZoo: Exhibitions of Wildly Cre8tiv Music” features artist **Christian Swenson at VALA Art Center, located in Redmond Town Center at 7303 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

This is not a dance performance, a sacred ritual or a play, nor a musical concert or a comedy show, yet it is in part all of these. It is also a homage to the human medium and the spirit that connects us. “Human Jazz” is about “playing” the body, voice and imagination simultaneously. Drawing from a global palette of sound and movement, Christian Swenson takes audiences from inter-cultural accapella “dansing” to his reknown “De-evolution”. From his autobiographical stories to 12th Century Sufi poetry Christian keeps stepping back and leaping outward with our original instruments.

Christian frequently appears as himself speaking directly and spontaneously to the audience about his work or to introduce what’s to come. He then “disappears” into songs, animals, other cultures, body music, aliens, or mere energy. His enchantment with the entire spectrum of life and his evident joy in the human instrument challenge audiences to recognize the beauty of unfamiliar forms and the power of simple human expression. This solo concert is an unforgetable demonstration of the mesmerizing power of the autonomous actor. From the beginning invocation with the “singing rocks” to the hilarious “word Improvisations” at the end, this shaman of delight interweaves the mysterious and the obvious with immediacy, power and vulnerability.


*VALA, Venues for Artists in the Local Area, Eastside, is a 501c3, non-profit arts organization based in Redmond, WA, committed to connecting artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art. For more information about VALA and our programming, please visit or follow us at

**Performer Bio: A skilled dancer, mime, singer and speaker, Christian Swenson freely becomes other people and creatures showing audiences a place in all of us where humor and beauty are one. From Asian throat-singing to jazz cartoons, Sufi poetry to lumbering dinosaurs, straight-talk about brain chemistry to “word” improvisations, it all comes pouring forth from this single human being.


Saturday, October 26

Cre8tivZoo: Exhibitions of Wildly Cre8tiv Music
 featuring Christian Swenson



Saturday, December 7

Cre8tivZoo: Exhibitions of Wildly Cre8tiv Music
 featuring Correo Aereo




Arts Crush for the Greater Seattle Area

If you’re an artist or art enthusiast in the greater Seattle area and you haven’t heard about Arts Crush, you must check it out!

Arts Crush it is a collaborative, interactive arts and cultural festival produced by Theatre Puget Sound that takes place throughout all of October. Arts Crush brings together local artists, arts organizations, audience, and businesses to create an immersive arts experience. With hundreds of events and/or offers throughout the month of October, you’re certain to find something that sparks your imagination! Event listings

The event you should be certain to attend is the Arts Crush Kick-Off Fair on Sunday, September 22, 11am-2pm at Seattle Center. Kick-Off represents many of the interactive arts events and featured organizations that happen as part of Arts Crush. VALA Eastside, a 501c3 non-profit public art organization based in Redmond will host a table at the event along with many others. Be sure to RSVP to the Kick-Off! In addition, you will enjoy the following entertainment.

  • Get a special Priority Code to win tickets in October in the Free Night Lottery Sept 13-25 at
  • Play Arts Crush Bingo to win prizes, enter raffle for arts experiences including tickets and classes, try out interactive arts tables for all ages.
  • Enjoy live entertainment: DJ VOX MOD. This KEXP Live Volume 9 artist will have music for dancing throughout the day including hip hop and belly dance workshops for all ages.
  • The ChromaMatics will create live mural paintings and smaller pieces with your participation. Some pieces will be auctioned and raffled off throughout the day.
  • Poems, Prose, Plays and Pedicabs: Hop a ride with a Puget Sound writer with up to seven friends and pedal around Seattle Center while listening to or reading with some of the most talented literary artists in the region.

VALA: Uniting the Artists of Redmond

VALA Eastside* is reactivating it’s “Artist to Artist” series! The idea behind this series is for established artists, aspiring artists, art collectors, and community members of all kinds to learn about the work of our featured artist through a mini-lecture, visual samples, demonstration, and prompted conversation. The featured artist will share insights into their unique process, inspiration and other details about their art creation in order to inspire in-depth conversation from the community about the impact of their work.

Just last week, Redmond Artist Phil Jensen led an inspiring conversation at VALA Art Center about the process behind his work and his strong connection with clouds. Phil gave tips to artists about the best ways to capture the clouds on paper in a realistic way while also delving deeper into his life and work as an artist. The theme of clouds seemed to compliment the surrealist and metaphysical aspects of his artworks throughout the years.

In October, we will hold two more “Artist to Artist” sessions with two, very different artists. Be sure to mark your calendars and keep an eye out for other sessions that may arise! See the VALA Events page for more details.

*VALA, Venues for Artists in the Local Area, Eastside, is a 501c3, non-profit arts organization based in Redmond, WA, committed to connecting artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art. VALA Art Center is located in Redmond Town Center at 7303 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052. Feel free to stop by during our open hours Wed-Sun. 11am-5pm.