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This Friday kicks off Yakima's "Windows Alive!" installment

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YAKIMA, WA - Empty storefronts in Downtown Yakima will come alive again on Friday, October 5 when the talents of local artists are put on public display for the latest “Windows Alive!” installment.

Five years ago, the Yakima Arts Commission, an advisory group appointed by the Yakima City Council, developed the idea to harness the creativity of Central Washington artists.

Following a submission and evaluation process, outstanding artists from the region were chosen to be part of the latest “Windows Alive!” exhibition, which will run from October 5 until March 15, 2019.

“It’s always exciting to see the new artwork,” said Yakima Arts Commission Chair Noel Moxley. “Windows Alive! is a wonderful program that continues to add to the vibrancy of Downtown Yakima.”

The kickoff for the latest Windows Alive! exhibit will take place at 5:30 pm on October 5. Art will be displayed in storefront windows located along the north side of Yakima Avenue between 3rd Street and 4th Street.

Artists chosen to display their work will be available to talk about their pieces.

The event will be held in conjunction with “First Friday” activities in Downtown Yakima, which showcases local wineries, restaurants and shops with specials and entertainment.

Artists selected for the latest “Windows Alive!” exhibition are:

·         Maria Navarro, a watercolor artist based in Yakima. Her subject matter focuses on faces, birds and nature.

·         LeAnne Ries of Yakima works in mixed media and acrylic. Most of her paintings contain collaged elements, with surfaces sanded, scratched and manipulated to create texture.

·         Gail Molina of Yakima. Molina’s work uses candy and gum wrappers to create art, including art pieces inspired by nature and the workings of the brain.

·         Guy Brooke of Naches. Brooke’s work focuses on custom-carved doors depicting scenery and geometric designs. He primarily works with knotty alder wood.

·         Bessie Wilson of the Yakama Nation. For her artwork, Wilson uses a type of weaving known as twining. Her work features seasonal colors, such as pastels for Spring and browns for Fall.

·         Meghan Flynn of Yakima. Her paintings and drawings explore concepts and displays of human emotion.

Each received a $250 stipend.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with this new group of artists as their art is so varied as well as their ages,” said Windows Alive! Coordinator Jane Milford Cooper.

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