Artists Carolyn Nelson and Andy Behrle are pleased to announce Yakima’s celebration of International Sculpture Day on April 24, 2017. Events to commemorate the work of local artists began earlier this month in the Yakima Maker Space Gallery’s “Sculpting the Valley” exhibition featuring 21 sculptures by 21 artists connected to the Yakima Valley. Two events will be featured this year in Yakima on International Sculpture Day (April 24).
First, Carolyn Nelson will be guiding a free walking tour of downtown Yakima’s public artwork. Gathering in front of the historic Yakima Depot at the intersection of Front Street and Sgt. Pendleton Way, the tour will begin at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 24 and weave through downtown Yakima. Nelson will tell attendees interesting facts about the history of each project and background information about the artists who produced the large scale sculptures that beautify downtown Yakima. The tour is free and open to anyone who would like to join. The tour will take about an hour, ending in front of The Seasons Performance Hall.
At the 5 p.m. conclusion of the tour of public art in downtown Yakima, a second event will kick-off inside The Seasons Performance Hall featuring live-streaming footage of other celebrations around the globe, short presentations by local artists and supporters of art, and a special one-night-only art exhibition by local artist, Andy Behrle. International Sculpture Day (IS Day) is organized by International Sculpture Center (in Hamilton, New Jersey) who helps connect independently registered events around the world via weblinks and live-streaming video feeds. The event at The Seasons will be connected to the live-feed so visitors can view other happenings connected to IS Day. Remarks will be given by David Lynx, director of Larson Gallery, and Sean Hawkins, the City of Yakima’s Economic Development Manager before artists Rachel Dorn, Carolyn Nelson, Gregory Pierce, Denali Granholm, Andy Behrle, and John Barany and Deborah Ann take the stage to present their artwork. Each presenting artist will give a 10 minute presentation of selected aspects of their artistic processes, materials, and/or inspiration. At the end of the presentations, there will be a one-night-only viewing of Andy Behrle’s newest artwork inspired by the stained-glass windows of The Seasons Performance Hall. For his artwork, Behrle has re-created the stained-glass windows of the former Christian Science church using digital video footage of light reflecting off of water in nature around the Yakima Valley. Imagine each color of a stained-glass window is replaced by different colors and textures of water. Yellow glass is replaced by video footage of the sunset reflecting off of the Sunnyside Irrigation Canal, while blues are re-created with footage of the rushing Yakima River. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
All of the events to commemorate IS Day in Yakima have been organized by Carolyn Nelson and Andy Behrle and generously supported by The Larson Gallery Guild, The Seasons Performance Hall, Yakima Maker Space, and the Yakima Arts Commission. International Sculpture Day was created by International Sculpture Center in 2015 to link together artists and art-lovers around the world in celebration of three-dimensional arts. This is the first year that artists from Yakima have participated in the annual celebration.
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