Allied Arts Gallery at the Park exhibits fiber arts, hosts ‘Creativi-Tea’ and ‘Empty Bowls’ events

Although the holiday season is over, the new year is bringing with it some all-new exhibits at the Allied Arts Gallery at the Park in Richland.

From Jan. 3 through Jan. 28, the gallery will present Desert Fiber Arts, an exhibit dedicated to fine craftsmanship and artistry using fiber materials, specifically centered on the theme of metamorphosis. For example, multiple artists from Desert Fiber Arts have collaborated on a beautiful, flowing tea towel that will be strung throughout the entire gallery space. Not only that, but Desert Fiber Arts members will also be attending the event to demonstrate knitting, spinning and weaving, as well as to share helpful tips and answer any questions you might have. The artist reception will be on Jan. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Chris Simonen will be the featured artist for this exhibit. She has been an active member of Desert Fiber Arts for a number of years, and her past work includes tea towels, rugs, tapestries and silk paintings.

Desert Fiber Arts originated in 1974 with the purpose of promoting education, interest and participation relating to fiber arts. Members of the organization come from all around the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, from southcentral Washington to northeastern Oregon. If you’d like more information on Desert Fiber Arts, simply visit

The ‘Creativi-Tea’

On Jan. 21, the Gallery at the Park will hold the “Creativi-Tea” event, a workshop in which local artist Felicia Follum will lead participants in creating beautiful watercolor paintings, allowing everyone to produce his or her own unique cards. With the help of Sprynkles LLC, the gallery will be transformed into a tea party for the duration of the event. After the lesson, participants will be served tea and tasty treats such as scones, tea sandwiches and small desserts.

This workshop will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 for Allied Arts Association members and $50 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at the gallery or on the website, and purchases must be made before Jan. 10.

‘Empty Bowls’ event

This year, the Allied Arts Association is also participating in the national movement called “Empty Bowls,” which will raise money for the Tri-Cities Food Bank and promote awareness of hunger in our community and around the world. The gallery is calling on local artists to donate empty-bowls — handmade bowls of any size, medium or style — to the cause. The goal is to collect at least 200 bowls, which will be sold at the gallery in February.

To assist with the Empty Bowls movement, two local artists are hosting a workshop on Jan. 7 to teach participants how to create clay bowls by hand. This workshop is free, though donations are welcome to help with the cost of supplies. No matter your skill level, you can attend this event and create a bowl to donate to the Empty Bowls project. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. and will be held in three one-hour sessions.

The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit the gallery near the entrance to Howard Amon Park in Richland, 89 Lee Blvd., and online at

View the archived January 2017 issue of The Entertainer