VALA Art Center to Host Chinese and WA State Artist Exhibition

VALA Art Center will host Ekphrastic Assimilations, an exhibition of painting, photography, poetry and mixed media visual art by six Chinese artists and six Washington State artists.  Poets from both locations will react to the art by writing poems, which are ekphrastic responses. The exhibition has come to fruition through a partnership with the following organizations: VALA Art Center, ryan james fine arts, Seattle Asian Art Museum Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, Pacific Lutheran University and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. The show opens September 15th and will run through October 30th, 2016. All artwork will be available for purchase.

Ekphrastic Assimilations – Opening Reception and Viewing
Thursday, September 15, 2016
6pm – 8pm
VALA Art Center – 7325 166th Ave NE, Redmond (new location in Redmond Town Center) 

Ekphrastic Assimilations is presented by Marriott Seattle-Redmond and supported by 4culture, OneRedmond, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, RASP, Redmond Town Center and the Washington State China Relations Council. 

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VALA Eastside Hosts Juried Art Installation for Redmond Arts Festival

VALA Eastside will host an art installation to honor a juried selection of artists participating in this year’s Redmond Arts Festival.  The artists selected to showcase their work as part of Redmond Arts Festival Juried Art Installation at VALA Art Center include: Ashmita Gulati, Einat Barenboim, Heidi White, Hoda Edalati, Maggie Ho, Mike Meyers, MiYoung Margolis and Patricia L. Walker and Meghan Yates. 

Festival Featured Artist
Meghan Yates is the featured artist and she will be leading a community art project at the festival called HOPE/Red Thread where attendees can write out their hopes and visions, wrap them around “receptors” and create a living piece of art by collectively connecting the written hopes with red thread. The Hope/Red Thread project is generously sponsored by The Carter on the Park Apartments ( which is coming soon to Downtown Redmond. 

Redmond Arts Festival Juried Art Installation Artists’ Reception
Thursday, June 30th
6pm – 8pm
FREE ($5 suggested donation)
VALA Art Center located in Redmond Town Center
Join us for wine and light appetizers as we honor the artists!
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The Redmond Arts Festival takes place July 8th – 10th at Redmond Town Center. It’s Redmond’s premier annual arts event featuring 70 artists’ booths, live music on a main stage, wine & beer garden, food trucks, and special installations of art.  The festival is run through a partnership between Redmond Town Center and VALA Eastside, a 501c3 non-profit arts organization. “VALA is excited to co-produce the Redmond Arts Festival and showcase local art from artists near and far, including a family-friendly community art project led by featured artist Meghan Yates,” says VALA Executive Director, Vicki Todd. Artists from all over Washington State come to the festival to present a wide range of fine arts and crafts.

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Slowing the Selfie – A pinhole and film photography installation

Join us for our free events and have your “slow selfie” taken with film and a pinhole camera!

Public Events

Friday, May 6th
Artists’ Reception
6pm – 8pm

VALA Art Center & Studios 7330 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA (in Redmond Town Center)

Come by, have some appetizers and meet the photographers!
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Friday, May 20th
Pinhole Photography in the Days of Miracle and Wonder
6pm – 8pm

VALA Art Center & Studios 7330 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA (in Redmond Town Center)

Join us for snacks and photography talk!
Inventor and film photographer Todd Schlemmer will discuss 3D printed pinhole film photography; multiple technologies colliding.
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Special thank you to our sponsor 

VALA Art Center
A 100% volunteer-run art center
Redmond Town Center
7330 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA
Open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm


An Exhibition of Perspectives, Personality, and Passion
March 2016

What do teens of today think about? What affects our youth so profoundly as to have life-changing impacts which alter the way they live out their lives? Come and see the perspectives of eight diverse personalities, each a passionate student-artist exploring her thoughts and memories.


Artists’ Reception
Friday, March 4th
VALA Art Center & Studios located in Redmond Town Center
Light food and drinks served
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Featuring artwork created by the following student artists

Maggie Leist created a series of 5 mix media canvases about adventure and the aspirations that come with challenging oneself inwardly

Maddie Mott created an eclectic series of painted canvases of various animals emitting personalities of their own

Sara Hastings created a series of 4 mix media works about Alzheimer’s and the struggle of the beauty of the person and the disease

Sarah Ethington has a strong interest in child psychology and created a quadriptych of the seasons of emotional damage of being left out

Emma Petrin created a series of 4 wooden canvases portraying elements of the body and revealing raw emotion

Yujin Yang created a series of geometric painted pieces and corresponding sculptures the explore the idea of complex simplicity

Lauren Chang created a series of drawings that tell the personal journey of this student (who got critical sick several years ago) loss her sight and ability to see color, and the moments when she regained her sight and color abilities back

Junchen Zhou created a series of 5 paintings that explore the role and emotions of femininity

VALA Art Center
A 100% volunteer-run art center
Redmond Town Center
7330 164th Ave NE  (Next to Z Gallerie)
Open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm

A [R]evolution in Redmond

VALA Eastside invites Redmond residents to the artists’ reception and other free, public events for “[R]evolution”, a multifaceted art installation featuring five local artists/activists. The five female artists– Rebecca DeVere, Latha Sambamurti, Gwen Maxwell Williams, Eva Moon, and Laura Lee Bennett–have all made strides to advocate for both art and artists.

VALA is honored and grateful to have these women in the Redmond community to guide journeys of artistic discovery for the layperson and for the expert, for the creator of art and for the receiver of art. “[R]evolution began as the Women in Art show—nine times out of ten, it is women artists who come to VALA, find their voices reinvent themselves as artists, and connect to a space that allows them to showcase their work. As the idea for the show evolved, we started to see a common thread woven into their work: They have all been advocates within the Redmond community,” says VALA Co-Founder and Executive Director Jessica Lambert.

“[R]evolution” is curated by Jessica Lambert and Tamar Alsberg with portraits of each artist created by Savvy Dani. The installation runs through January 2016.

Honoring the Revolutionaries in Art in Our Community :: Artists’ Reception
Thursday, December 10th
6pm – 8pm
FREE ($5 suggested donation)
Poets will speak, artists will walk the catwalk! Join us in celebrating 5 women artist revolutionaries that have been activating our local community from Redmond throughout the Puget Sound, with their art and art activism. Appetizers and wine to be served.
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Friday, January 15th
Art Talk & Wine Night

Join Vicki Todd in talking art and the revolutionary in all of us!
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Saturday, January 16th
Revolutionary Artist to Revolutionary Artist
Guest revolutionary artist and academic Vicki Todd, PhD, discusses her process and how we all can capture that revolutionary within!

Friday, January 22nd
Live Performances
Poets Laura Lee Bennett, Chi Chi Stewart, and Elizabeth Carroll Hayden will read from I Am Not Cursed, a retelling of the Demeter myth in three voices. Eva Moon will read excerpts from First You Jump - a surreal and darkly comic musical, which premiered in January 2015. 

Saturday, January 23rd
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Join Revolutionary Artist/Activist Latha Sambamurti in her production of Indian dance and music – this is her second such production at VALA Art Center and Studios! Bringing culture from the other side of the world to ours, Latha’s productions are renowned throughout the state! 

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My Redmond Lights Experience

Awe, winter in Redmond. The time of the year where community and visitors come together to make magical memories in so many ways. I had the pleasure to experience my first Redmond Lights adventure just last year, and let me tell you, it was wonderful. Being a Washington native I have been around the State to experience everything in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to the Holiday Season, but Redmond Lights stood out as one of the most exciting and eventful holiday celebrations I have ever seen.

I began my journey early in the morning pulling into Redmond on a brisk and sunny Saturday. There was this vibe around the town that really got me excited to be there. Maybe it was the quaintly decorated shops, the bustling streets of morning walkers, or more than likely the festive reminders around town that Redmond Lights was finally here. My destination of choice was the Marriott at Redmond Town Center, and I soon realized how fantastic of a choice that was. Sitting amongst the mall, adjacent to the iPic theater I have heard so much about, was the Marriott. I have stayed in hotels all over the country and world and I truly felt this particular Marriott was a step above the standard. The ground level restaurant, Sear, caught my nose as I entered the large lobby fit with huge flat screens and comfy chairs. The massive right wing included an entire business center called “Workspring” where companies can host large gatherings and sessions. They allowed me to actually choose my room from the available options, so i decided the balcony room would suffice. My decision was more than valid as I entered my room to discover how nice it was. At this point I was getting anxious to go exploring, so i drop my bags and head out.

The Mall was full of people getting an early start to avoid any crowd issues as the time approached closer to 5:30 (Tree Lighting time.) The shops all had fabulous deals and the Winter Market was in full force. I decided to take my time and catch a flick at iPic to see what the fuss was all about. WOW. I have never been to such a theater with reclining leather chairs, pillows, and blankets – be careful not to fall asleep when watching your showing of choice. The itinerary called for Tree Lighting at City Hall so I hopped on one of the convenient greyhound shuttles from the Redmond Town Center. Made it in time to check out all the fun crafts in the Senior Center, cookie decorating, bon fires, and bands performing on the City Steps. The air was full of festivities and wonder.

The time came for everything to begin, the tree in the middle of City Hall lit up as the massive crowd counted down. With cameras flashing and music blasting the community had a moment of joy – celebrating with hugs and kisses. It was then time to head down the Redmond Central Connector Luminary Walk back to Redmond Town Center. Along the way were an unbelievable amount of entertainment, activities, and even refreshments! From carolers to fire dancers, to hot air balloons and hot chocolate stations, the trail was hopping! Reaching my destination I was surprised to see a whole new crowd of people headed in my opposite direction to City Hall from the Redmond Town Center, choosing their own experience. The mall was absolutely CRAZY in how festive it was at this point. Everyone was having a blast riding the Holiday Carrousel, making crafts, shopping, skating in the rink, and taking pictures. I found a seat in the center circle and watched the hustle and bustle, what a spectacle!

As the night began to wind down, I decided to try a few of the many restaurants in the mall to grab some delicious drinks and appetizers. Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar was my favorite, with a fantastic happy hour that landed me “Diablo Prawns” with fresh baked bread. I was in heaven. I ended my night in the outdoor hot tub at the Marriott and enjoyed my wonderful room as the crowds funneled out of the mall. What a treat it was to stay while everyone rushed out to avoid the inevitable traffic. I highly recommend doing the same this year! All-in-all what a fantastic experience, I cannot WAIT to experience yet another Redmond Lights adventure this Saturday.

Maura Donegan to Stitch Her Way Through VALA Art Center and Studios

VALA Eastside is pleased to announce that for September and October 2015 Maura Donegan will be VALA’s Artist in Residence.  As a textile artist, Maura’s work combines cloth making, embroidery and poetry to express a sense of innocence, joy and beauty.  “We’re grateful for the generous grant provided by the Redmond Arts Commission to allow VALA Eastside to bring talented, local artists to the art center and to allow the community to witness the artist’s process of creating an installation from start to finish,” says Jessica Lambert, Founder and Executive Director of VALA Eastside.

VALA Eastside encourages the community to visit Maura at the VALA Art Center, learn about her process and help make art that will be incorporated into a larger public art “cloud”, entitled “Silver Linings”, that will be installed during the month of October.


Superhero Block Party ::
Saturday, September 19th 12pm-5pm
Bring your child and make art in the VALA booth at Redmond Town Center’s festival for families.

Textile Art Making Workshops with Maura Donegan
VALA Artist In Residence Maura Donegan invites the public to join her in a series of hands on workshops exploring the concepts of joy and beauty through mark making and stitching. Participants will write, draw, stitch, print, color or embellish in any way that helps them express their experience and have the opportunity to hang their created works in a “cloud” installation at the VALA Art Center. No experience necessary. Attend as many workshops as you wish. Each workshop is free to the public ($5 donation is suggested to support VALA Eastside.)

Workshop No. 1 :: Thursday, September 24th  7-9pm
Workshop No. 2 :: Thursday, October 1st  7-9pm
Workshop No. 3 :: Thursday, October 8th  7-9pm 

VALA Art Center
Redmond Town Center
7330 164th Ave NE  (Next to Z Gallerie)
Open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm

For more information about the artist, please visit

Marymoor Concerts Never Disappoint!

Marymoor concert are back to Redmond and better than ever. This year you have a chance to see a huge variety os music legends, billboard favorites, and up and coming artists that you are sure to fall in love with. Bands like The Decemberists, Needtobreate, Third Eye Blind, Slightly Stoopid, Alabama Shakes, Cheap Trick and many more! You will not want to miss out on these amazing opportunities that are practically in your back yard!

Of Monsters and Men

Icelandic band, Of Monsters and Men, will be preforming in Redmond August 9th. The band that caught everyone’s attention with their song “Little Talks” in 2011 is going grace Redmond with their presence. The charming band has been working on a new album “Beneath The Skin” for the past two years; it is now available on the shelves! Don’t let their age fool you, this band has already sold over 2 million albums worldwide. See the quadruple-platinum band for yourself, and buy your tickets now.

Walk The Moon

The ever playful and fun music of Walk The Moon is going to be at Marymoor with milky Chance. The band’s bassist Kevin ray says, “We want our music to be the most fun thing you’ve ever listened to in your entire life,” And he is right. Their music can always put you in a good mood and make you want to dance. Come be apart of the energetic experience that Walk The Moon has to offer on August 10th.

Barenaked Ladies

I personally am looking forward to seeing the band Barenaked Ladies on their Last Summer on Earth 2015 tour! This very busy world-renowned band has been working on new material and will release a new album soon. The Barenaked Ladies have sold over 14 million albums worldwide and their live shows have grown to be legendary with their impromptu raps and sidesplitting on-stage banter. They will be with Violent Femmes, Colin Hay of Men at Work on Sunday, July 26 at Marymoor Parks.  A special perk is that each Last Summer On Earth ticket purchase will come with free digital download of their new album that is to be released later this summer. Be sure to get your tickets now for the July 26 show!

Come Join the Celebration!

It’s Derby Days’ 75th birthday! Come celebrate with us as this weekend as we continue one of Redmond’s most cherished events, July 10-11th. This year is bigger than ever with tons of activities for the entire family!

Community Races & Contests

Following the Grand Parade there will be a series of 75 yard races for everyone who wants to join the fun. Have your friends, family and colleagues sign up to be apart of these wacky races and to build the Redmond community spirit! Weather you enjoy dressing up or riding tricycles there is a race for you to enjoy!


Everyone is invited to be apart of the tradition and deck out your wheels with the entire community! The FREE Ben Franklin Kid’s Parade starts at 10am, every child who participates and wears a helmet will receive a prize of two silver dollar coins courtesy of Clark, Raymond and Company. Show off your creativity for the 0.6 mile parade route to start the festivities for the day! After the Kid’s Parade is finished grab your family and friends and take a seat to be entertained by this year’s spectacular Grand Parade!


Competitive athlete? Try partaking in the Criterium. The Criterium is the main event of Derby Days and the most competitive. This multi-lap race is usually just under a mile and is a test of a riders speed and bike handling abilities. Come test your skills and enter a chance to win cash prizes or merchandise! Register now!


This is a birthday party after all, right? So lets party! There will be a collection of carnival rides, free games, and music all day long. To add to the fun there will be a free outdoor movie Friday night. Take part in the Taste of Redmond in addition to traditional fair food after you check out The Craft Brewers of Redmond Beer Garden! As a perfect ending for anything, the festivities will conclude with a firework show sponsored by R-trip. The carnival will be open Friday 4-11pm and Saturday 10am-11pm.

Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

Start you day off with enjoying a meal with the community Saturday, July 11, 8am-noon. The breakfast consists of pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and orange juice. After the children eat they can tour the fire trucks and put out a fake fire! The kids can also try on actual firefighter gear!

Derby Dash 5K

Compete with fellow racers on a fast, flat, USATF certified location. You can choose to walk or jog the race and participants of all ages are welcome, so sign up your family! Register soon because the event is going to be capped at 1,000 participants.

New! Street Scramble

Street Scramble is an urban adventure hosted by the Redmond Parks & Trails Commission where you can explore the city in an exciting hunt to find all of the checkpoints. You choose how you want to partake in the adventure, there are a variety of categories to enter. The teams who collect the most points will be awarded prizes!


Visit the Derby Days Website for more information on 75th Annual Derby Days!