The heart of Kirkland Arts Center, the historic Peter Kirk Building, was completed in 1892. The building was a result of the city's industrial building boom of the late 19th century, and is recognized as a "pivotal example of commercial architecture" directly associated with the city's founder, Peter Kirk, and the Kirkland Land and Improvement Company.
Listed on the City of Kirkland Register and National Register of Historic Places, the Peter Kirk Building is architecturally significant as a well-preserved example of Victorian-era commercial architecture with Romanesque Revival elements. Character-defining features include its prominent corner turret, second story arched window openings with arched brick headers above, decorative cornice, and intact commercial storefronts. Bricks for the building were produced nearby, with locally manufactured masonry from Peter Kirk's brick works.
The Kirkland Arts Center Print Studio features a 30" x 60" Takash state-of-the-art combination printing press, which is suitable for work in a variety of printmaking processes including intaglio, relief and monoprints. Lithography will be available in the near future. Print studio renters have access to drying racks, glass-covered table space, sink, a workroom in an historic building and the camaraderie of knowledgable and enthusiastic artists, students, instructor, and staff.
The Kirkland Arts Center houses a fully-outfitted ceramics studio, which is available for group rental for company retreats and special projects. Resources include access to a slab roller, electric throwing wheels, hand building tables, limited glazes, tools and clay, an extruder and several kilns, including a large gas kiln, small gas kiln, a 25" oval electric kiln, two 23" electric kilns and raku. Assistance and/or instruction by KAC staff or instructors is required for rental and must be scheduled at the time of arrangement.
Rentals & Activities
KAC's Gallery, Skylight Room, Printmaking Studio, and Turret Room are available for rentals when classes are not in session.
Private groups of any age can enjoy hands-on art making activities or art demonstrations in one of our studios. Professional artist instructors can lead groups in customized art experiences in many mediums, including painting, drawing, pastels, ceramics, and printmaking. Contact Jennifer Gill at 425.822.7161 x 103 for details.