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Downtown Issaquah Flower Basket Program – 2015


To buy mom a card or purchase a basket please use the cart to your right.


 Only Three Weeks Left to donate!


              Only three weeks left before we order baskets for downtown Issaquah.  To date, we have received $2500 or enough for ten baskets.  These beautiful baskets have been a delightful addition to our downtown throughout the years. Our goal for this year is $10,000 to fund 40 baskets. This cannot happen without your support. Your donation directly affects how many baskets we can purchase. Following are three ways you can participate.

 Thank you to our $250 donors –  Gretchen Olsen-Jacobsen, Eastside Audiology, Jak’s Restaurant, Robyn Barfoot.  Please join them.

  $50 Donation
 DIA will send your mother a beautiful Mother’s Day card saying a contribution was made in her honor for a flower basket in downtown Issaquah.

$250 Donation
This covers the cost of one basket and maintenance for five months. You will be recognized in a thank you press release and on the DIA website.

$1000 Donation
Receive a banner placard 24″x 16″ with your logo on it to hang on Front Street. You will be recognized in a thank you press release and on the DIA website. 

The deadline for this year’s baskets is May 1 to ensure we get cards out timely to mom before Mother’s Day May 10. Contributions made after this date will go into a general beautification fund. Help keep Issaquah beautiful.   




C A L L   T O   A R T I S T S

2 0 1 5  D o w n t o w n   I s s a q u a h   A r t W a l k  

  Friday’s July – August

  July 10  and August 7

6:00 – 9:00 pm

March 3, 2015 – Issaquah, WA   The Downtown Issaquah Association invites artists of all types and styles to submit work to be juried for the 14th annual Downtown Issaquah ArtWalk season July-August.  We welcome established and semi-professionals of the trade.  These events are great exposure for your work.   Issaquah is a vibrant, grassroots community with many artists, art supporters and art enthusiasts.  

ArtWalk transforms the historic downtown businesses into artists’ galleries for the night. Issaquah ArtWalk is a lively, festive event with a variety of artistic styles, interactive art demonstrations, live music and dance in multiple locations throughout the historic downtown. 

ArtWalk started in 2002; since then crowd participation has increased twelve-fold and the number of artists who participate has tripled.  Last year, thousands of people came into downtown Issaquah to see and purchase art, hear live music and support our historic downtown throughout the season.  Issaquah ArtWalk is a Friday night destination on the East Side.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Artists are paired with a participating downtown venue to set up inside the business using wall space, easels, tables or other display arrangements.  Outside spaces are also available.  The artist must be able to set up before the 6:00 start time and be present with the artwork throughout the event.  The artist can have an assistant to help with the show but the artist must be present for most of the event.  Unsold artwork will need to be removed at the end of the evening. 

Submission deadline:  April 10                                                                          

Fee $25 per event due upon confirmation of participation.                                                      

Artists will be placed in venues at presenter’s discretion

Please provide the following information to

  • Name:                                                                                                                      Age:                                     
  • Address:                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Phone:                                                                                                                                                                  
  • E-mail:                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Website or facebook url.  photos if no url is available.                                                                                

Months Available to show art:   _____July 10                  _____August 7    

Artwork will be juried and artists will be notified by May 10 if they have been accepted for the 2015 season.

Thank you for your interest.  We are looking forward to a great ArtWalk this year in downtown Issaquah. 

DownTown Issaquah Association * 232 Front Street N * Issaquah, WA 98027

Contact:  Gaila Gutierrez, Events Coordinator,

Keep Issaquah Beautiful – Meet at the Historic Shell Station

S A V E    T H E    D A T E

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 9 am – 12 pm



A T T E N T I O N    A L L   V O L U N T E E R S


Save the date for the 3rd annual citywide “Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day”, Saturday, April 25, from 9:00-12:00.  Volunteers – both groups and individuals – are needed to spend a couple of hours making a difference in our community.   Clubs, businesses and students welcome!  If you can pick up litter, push a broom, swing a shovel or plant some flowers, your help is needed.  There are jobs for all ages and abilities and flexible schedules to get the work done.


Areas will include:

  • Downtown – Pedestrian Park, Train Depot, Memorial Field, Fish Hatchery, Community Center, Food Bank, Rainier Trail
  • Gilman Blvd – SR900 to Front Street
  • SR900  – Walk ways between Newport Way and Gilman
  • Newport Way- SR 900 to Front
  • Lake Sammamish State Park
  • North of I-90 – Exit 15  - NW Sammamish Road and SE 56th

The Downtown Issaquah Association is encouraging businesses in historic downtown to do their own clean-up of sidewalks, flower boxes and more.   Students can earn their community service hours.  Bring a friend, make new friends!  Make a difference.


9 am – 12 pm   - Projects and check in / tools / vests / bags (coffee and donuts will be served)


Contact Karen Donovan at or 425-391-1112 to sign up you or your group.  Please provide number of people, age group, hours available and location preference if you have one.

Sponsored by

City Of Issaquah, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Lowe’s, Recology Cleanscapes, TopPot Donuts

Museo Art Academy summer camps

Museo Art Academy has kids summer camp for kids 4-12, teen camp for 13+ and  a “Fun Friday” One-Day Camps 6+

Day Camps ages 4-6, 6-9, 9-12
Creativity is the name of the game in Museo Art Academy’s fun-filled summer camps! Drawing, Painting, Clay and Mixed Media—there’s something new every week! Kids can attend in just the mornings or afternoons for “half-day” camps or combine them along with a Noon-1pm supervised lunch hour to create a “full-day” camp. All new projects this year!

Teen Camps 13+
Mon-Thu Day Camps ages 13 & up Drawing, Painting, Watercolor, Pottery & Manga—there’s something new every week! Whether you’re just trying it out for the very first time or you’ve already got some experience, the class sizes are small so that the instructor can work with students 1:1 and provide the appropriate level of challenge with each project.

“Fun Friday” One-Day Camps Summer Camps 6+
“Fun Fridays” offer a unique 3-hour project each Friday morning (9AM-Noon) and afternoon (1PM-4PM). Add it to a Mon-Thu camp to create a full, 5-day week of camps or attend just the Friday camp. Pottery, Painting, Printmaking, Watercolor and more!

Museo also has day camps on select Fridays for kids and teens also have weekly classes available
Creative Play (ages 2-4) *classes starting in September
Discovery Art (ages 4-6)
Exploring Art (ages 6-9)
Mastering Art (ages 9-12)
Drawing (ages 5-7) (ages 7-9) (ages 12+)
Painting (ages 12+)
Ceramics (ages 6-9) (ages 9-12)
Manga (12+)

Museo is currently in their summer schedule. More classes will be available in fall. Please check our website for additional information:

A Hatful of Rain play in Snoqualmie

Don’t miss the below play featuring Issaquah residents Fred Hopkins, Adrien Gamache, and Richard Payne in the play.  The director Susan Bradford and assistant director Patti Darchuk are also Issaquah residents.  They have ben doing theatre on the Eastside and in Seattle for almost 20 years and started at the old Couth Buzzard Bookstore
in Issaquah in 1996.

ArtByFire Summer Camp

Glassblowing Summer Camp for Kids!
June 24-27, 2014

4 hours each day for 4 days = 16 hours of expert instruction
$595 (10% discount for 2nd sibling!)
ages 10-17
safely make all types of beautiful glass art to take home!


Call artbyfire at 425.996.8867 or email to reserve a spot for your child!

artbyfire gallery and glass school
195 Front Street North, suite A
Issaquah WA  98065

Kaleidoscope School of Music Summer Camps

The latest news from Kaleidoscope School of Music View

Our Summer 2014 Rock Camps are open for registration now! Don’t miss out! We have GIRLS ROCK CAMP July 21-25 and August 4-8 and CLASSIC ROCK CAMP July 7-11 and August 14-22. These are awesome performance-focused camps for kids 10-17 who have at least some playing or singing experience. We’ll be learning classic and modern tunes and jamming as a band, along with a wide variety of other fun music-related activities. To register: To find out more info visit www.issaquahrockschool or email me any questions. Hope to see you here! Charles, Rock Program Director

35 Flower Baskets arriving downtown


Thank you to everyone who contributed to purchase flower baskets for downtown Issaquah.  We had over $7000 in donations with dozens of Mother’s Day cards sent on behalf of contributors.  The Issaquah Brewhouse hosted a fund raiser which raised $3200 and included a portion of their sales for the night.  Thank you to the City of Issaquah Arts Commission and Watts Properties for their $1000 contribution.  The following gave $250 each to cover the cost and maintenance of one flower basket for the entire season – Eastside Audiology, Eastside Consultants, Inc, Jak’s Grill and El 42 Cantina, The Village Theatre, Jeff and Katie Weaver and Richard Weisberg. 

 Thank you, thank you, thank you!  They are going to be nice! 


ArtByFire class calendar

artbyfire 2014 Class Calendar 

        ~ 6-week Glassblowing Classes ~
Saturdays:  May 31st  ~ July 5th
Saturdays:  July 19th  ~ Aug 23rd
9am ~ 1pm     and     2pm ~ 6pm

Our beginner classes cover the key forms in glassblowing: spheres, cylinders, bowls and more. , Students will learn how to gather glass onto the rod, shaping it with various tools, mastering basic skills, as well as adding color to your work. Shop safety, proper form and etiquette are all stressed throughout the lessons. More importantly, we want you to have fun. Classes meet for four hours, one day a week, for 6 weeks. Only 2-4 students per class.

  Tuition beginner $650       ~       Tuition intermediate $560
Kids’ Summer Camp  ~  June 24-27   ~   ages 10-17   ~   $595 

~Private Glassblowing Classes~
We offer 2- hour private classes for $240 or 4- hour classes for $340.  Private classes are geared towards each individual’s goals or for those who just want to try their hand at glassblowing without the 6-week commitment.  In either class, you “take what you make,” and as with the 6-week class, everything is included in the cost. You will be astounded with what you’ll be taking home.  If you want to share this experience add $75 per person to account for additional materials.

 ~ Thursday Mini-Events ~
Kids as young as age 5 – 99 can participate
Book your 15 minute slot        3pm-8pm
June 5 ~ Father’s Day paperweight   $45

 ~Lampworking Bead class~
This class centers on decorating and creating beautiful beads on the torch.  Why buy beads when you can make amazing ones yourself?  You will be taught safety, how to make cane, stringers, and applying decorations, dots, encasement and much more.  This is a 2-day class for the serious beginner! Everything included. 
Saturday-Sunday, June 7th & 8th       ~      Tuition $275
or schedule a private 5 hour lampworking class anytime $250
& ask us about wire-wrapping jewelry classes also -  $110

artbyfire    425.996.8867  and “like” us on Facebook!

Spring Clean Up a great success

Spring Clean Up, April 26th a great success!


Close to 300 volunteers turned out for the annual Issaquah Spring Clean Up this past Saturday.  Groups included several Girl Scout troops, Tavon Center, Drug Free Community Network, Key Clubs, Kiwanis, Friends of Lake Sammamish, Issaquah Environmental Council, LDS Church, and CleanScapes.  Young families planted flowers and students and adults took to the parks and streets to clean out weeds and pick up littler.  The weather cooperated and made for a great day.

Thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors.  Lowe’s Hardware donated several colorful pots and flowers and helped to plant them.  Top Pot Donuts provided donuts and coffee for check in.   CleanScapes pressure washed several areas downtown including the historic Shell Station.  Other sponsors that helped make this a successful day include Kiwanis, The City of Issaquah, and the Chamber of Commerce.

These efforts do make a difference in our community and our downtown.