High-quality art, an ideal setting and predicted sunshine. That’s what the LiveARTS Bothell crew of volunteers and the many artisans and art lovers have going for them this weekend.
Set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 26-27 at the University of Washington, Bothell/Cascadia Community College joint campus (18345 Campus Way N.E., Bothell), the event will feature a juried (selected) art exhibit in Mobius Hall and 40 juried artisan booths. There will be free admission and parking.
LiveARTS Bothell marketing chair Sandy Alto said the campus — with its lush green lawns and tree-lined walkways — will complement the event perfectly.
“And it lets the college show its adamant support for the community and the arts,” Alto added.
For the juried exhibit, Lynn Asmann, owner of FrameWright and Kaewyn Gallery on Bothell’s Main Street, sent out a call for artists, with jurors selecting a host of regular-size paintings (oil, acrylic and watercolor), prints and drawings along with miniatures.
“The jurors came through with some good winners, and they wanted more honorable mentions because there were so many good ones. That’s an indication that it’s a good, strong show,” Asmann said. “Our philosophy is to keep things local, in the greater Seattle area. We want to showcase our own artists.”
Added Alto: “We want to show what you really can do if you want to be a fine artist.”
At post time, winners had been selected for the juried exhibit. They are:
• Yan Tian, Best of Show
• Kathy Collins, first in paintings
• Joe MacKechnie, first in drawings
• Barbara Freeman, first in miniatures
Three merchant cash awards are also top from FrameWright, Arts Umbrella and a memorial prize in the name of Max Coon, a deceased arts partron.
This weekend’s event will also feature food, live local entertainment (Inner Voices, The Evin Rudes and underride) and children’s activities.
LiveARTS Bothell’s goal is to provide an art venue for the display, integration and appreciation of art in the community, says its Web site. Proceeds will provide scholarships for local youth and will be allocated for the procurement of public art for the community.
The Bothell LiveARTS board of co-chairs is composed of a diverse cross section of volunteer Bothell residents active in the community.