Along with the many things to do in the summer in downtown Richland, make sure you take some time to see the entries in the annual Juried Show beginning July 1 at the Allied Arts Association’s Gallery at the Park.
This year, the show features 47 works from 36 different artists, chosen from 194 submitted pieces from 66 artists. Some of the featured artists will win monetary prizes, with more than $2,000 being awarded altogether. The majority of the artwork comes from around the Tri-Cities, but there also many pieces from Walla Walla and a few from Spokane and Seattle.
The juror for the 2017 show is Sarah Haven, an artist who has run the ceramics program at Central Washington University for several years. Haven was also a member of Seattle’s Punch Gallery for two years and of the Culture Lab artist collective, an organization whose members have worked together for eight years, creating art and participating in group shows.
Haven travels around the Northwest, attending craft shows and searching for new artists to represent at Gallery One in Ellensburg. She frequently participates in the craft shows as well, and she has won many awards in juried shows across the country.
This exhibit will be on display at the Gallery at the Park from July 1 to Aug. 18. The reception and award ceremony will be held on July 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Art in the Park
The 67th annual Art in the Park will be held July 28 and 29 in Richland’s Howard Amon Park. You can browse among the works of more than 200 artists, primarily from around the Pacific Northwest. You can visit the artists’ booths, meet and talk with the artists themselves, and find beautiful, completely unique creations.
Art in the Park always features a variety of products from handmade clothes and jewelry to woodworkers’ creations and home décor. No matter where your interests lie, Art in the Park will have a booth for you.
This year, Art in the Park has widened its scope to include an increased focus on families and children. Kids will be able to visit a booth where they can make art of their very own.
“A lot of times when you walk through, you hear, ‘Don’t touch, don’t touch’,” explained director Bethany Beard. “We really want to make it where kids can interact with the art and feel like art is a part of themselves.”
In addition to arts and crafts and children’s activities, Art in the Park include food booths and entertainment by various performers scheduled throughout the two days.
During the summer, the Gallery at the Park offers week-long classes for children ages 7 to 15. Classes in July are “Paint the Town: Watercolor,” from July 10 to 14; “Pixelated,” from July 17 to 21; and “Printmaking,” from July 31 to Aug. 4.
The fee for a workshop is $60, and class sizes are limited. The Children’s Show will take place from Aug. 22 to 27, with a reception on Aug. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the gallery.
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 at 89 Lee Boulevard near the entrance to Howard Amon Park in Richland, or visit the website at galleryatthepark.org.