Open House 2019

May 10 | 11 | 12

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Join us for the Kirkland Arts Center Open House Weekend on Mother’s Day weekend, May 10th, 11th, and 12th. Celebrate our students and teaching artists in a series of art demonstrations, fun activities for kids, costumed figure drawing, Iron Potter competition, and more.

Friday, May 10

Opening reception for Best of Kirkland Arts Center exhibition from 6pm – 8pm in the Gallery.  The Juror’s Choice Awards will be announced. FREE to the public.

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Saturday, May 11

Open House from 10am – 7pm! Join us for demonstrations by teaching artists in ceramics, drawing, painting, and printmaking, youth activities, the return of the Iron Potter, facilitated live drawing, and a student pottery sale.


10AM – 12PM | Che Lopez – Plein Air Painting

Ceramics Studio

10AM – 12PM | Pat Colyar – Wheel Throwing; Robert Moreno – Creatures from the Mud!
12PM – 2PM | Kelly Neu – Surface Design; Robert Moreno – Flat is Not Always Flat
5PM – 7PM | Robert Wetherington – Handbuilding

Skylight Studio

10AM – 11AM | Min Zhong – Still Life in Oil; James Farrand – Watercolor: Layering and Pouring for Big Color
12PM – 2PM | Molly Murrah – Watercolor Pet Portraits
2PM – 4PM | Peggy Breautigam – Artists’ Trading Cards; Angie Dixon – Sumi Painting
4PM – 5PM | Min Zhong – Portraits in Oil

Printmaking Studio

10AM – 7PM | Karen Klee-Atlin – Woodblock, Linocut, and More!
12PM – 7PM | E. Valentine DeWald – Mezzotint

See the historic Turret Room and create your own collage. We will have supplies available to help you create your very own collage.

11AM in the Skylight Studio – Special celebration of Superheros with Maliha and Azeem, a local mother/son dynamic duo.  We will have table activities–learn to write your own Superhero Haikus or Superhero Origami and Madlibs.  Make your own Superhero and learn what powers are in your name. All materials will be provided.

2PM outside by the Gallery – Create your very own take home origami lanterns with our Make Your Mark instructor Shuko Mantooth.

Iron Potter is a great time for potters and viewers alike! 2 teams of two, one thrower and one handbuilder, go head-to-head in a challenge to create something that best fits the theme chosen. The best part? The teams don’t know what that theme is until minutes before the competition begins! Both teams will have a short amount of time for planning but will they come up with something before the timer runs out? Iron Potter will be MC’d by our very own Pat Colyar and judged by the audience members on creativity, best fit for the theme, and, the most important, fun! Who will be the next Iron Potter?

Facilitated by Stephen Cheng of Sunday Drop-in Figure Drawing. Try your hand at drawing people in a relaxed atmosphere. All supplies are provided. Drinks available for purchase. Skylight Studio.

See these engaging ceramics firings in person! Ceramics will be transformed from plain to glazed in minutes.

Sunday, May 12

91.3 KBCS and the Kirkland Arts Center present the last show in our Music + Ideas series: Tekla Waterfield. This folk/Americana concert will begin at 2pm and is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with family.

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