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Kirkland Arts Announces Upcoming Workshops & Events


Trey Gunn: Quodia Workshop

Trey Gunn
Saturday, March 27, 2 - 4 PM
$5 Members & Nonmembers

In this workshop, multimedia artist/King Crimson alum Trey Gunn presents portions of his project Quodia and discusses the original creative vision for it, how it began and how it evolved, its current state, its future, and how it fits in with his body of work.

Quodia is a multimedia storytelling/ performance project established by Trey and Joe Mendelson (of Rise Robots Rise) in 2003. This project combines music, film, sound and visual design, literature, and theater into an elegantly layered, immersive performance experience. Part movie, part theater, and part concert, Quodia tells archetypal fairy tales, driven by high-tech digital tools - laptops, keyboard, electronic percussion, Warr guitar, video projectors, and a large screen.

Assemblage and Collage Workshop

Larry Calkins
Friday (2 - 5 PM), Saturday and Sunday (10 AM - 4 PM)
April 2 - 4
$170 Members, $190 Nonmembers

Explore collage processes and a variety of assemblage techniques with an emphasis on creative visual thinking. In this weekend workshop, students will use a wide variety of materials and approaches to discover their unique and artistic collage identity. A large range of art mediums and material sources are provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own supplies, such as decorative papers, personal collections, text or image samples, old books, etc., to incorporate into their collage work. No prerequisites. Supply list available online.


Reductive Linoleum Prints

Joan Mamelok
Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4
10 AM - 4 PM
$110 Members, $125 Nonmembers

Produce beautiful multicolored prints in this weekend workshop. This workshop will cover the basics of reductive layered relief printing. Students will learn to use linoleum carving tools and gain an understanding of the basic principles of color, composition, and design. Plan to make more than one print. Printing inks provided; additional supply list available online.


Handbuilding: From Form to Function

Sandra Farmer
Tuesdays, March 30 - May 25 (9 Sessions)
6:30 - 9:30 PM
$250 Members, $270 Nonmembers

Develop your creative ideas and expand your technical skills in this class for advanced beginners to experienced students. Students are encouraged to include mixed media elements in their work, whether functional, decorative, or sculptural. Weekly demonstrations cover clay techniques, building tips for successful firing, and surface/finish options.
Prerequisite: Some previous clay experience.


Beginning Sumi Painting

Lois Yoshida
Mondays, March 29 and April 12, 9 AM - 3 PM
(No class on April 5)
$95 Members, $105 Nonmembers

In this two session mini-class, you will experience the flowing techniques of sumi painting in this class. Sumi (black ink) will be the primary medium used to portray images of nature, as well as some interpretations in color. The traditional tools, materials, brush methods, and approaches to subject matter will be further explored, along with how to mount your finished work. Students will also be introduced to brush calligraphy, the ancient art form from which sumi painting evolved. Prerequisite: Previous sumi experience helpful, but not required. Supply list available online.


Painting Studio

Ryan Finnerty
Thursdays, April 1 - May 20, 7 - 10 PM (8 Sessions)
$195 Members, $215 Nonmembers

Improve your skill, knowledge, and appreciation of painting through exploration in an informal studio setting. This class is ideal for continuing through advanced painting students. Students will examine questions of material, design, and inspiration through a series of exercises and critiques. All painting mediums are appropriate. Prerequisite: Painting experience required. Supply list available online.




T-Shirt Fling! (Ages 6 - 10)

David Repyak
Saturday, March 20, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$25 Members and Nonmembers

Dress to mess and have fun with color! In this one-day workshop, children will design custom t-shirts with stencils, sponge, brush, and relief printmaking techniques. Kids take home their very own t-shirt! White t-shirts and paints will be provided, though you can bring your own shirt if you wish.




Closing Wednesday, March 10

Off the Map

Curated by Jill Hardy
Featuring work by: Scott Bailey, Liz Hickok, Maya Lin, Matthew Picton, Hugo Solis & Brian Hemingway, Jane Tsong, and Claude Zervas

This exhibition explores how geospatial mapping technologies have made maps more accessible and how artists are creating new ones that chart the human experience. This exhibition will look at artists that appropriate cartographic technique to push the boundaries of mapping itself. Off the Map is part of KAC's Emerging Curator Initiative, in partnership with the University of Washington's Museology Graduate Program.

Pick up an Off the Map exhibition catalog while supplies last! The printing of this catalog has been made possible through generous support from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.


Opening this month:

Clay? III
Biennial Ceramics Exhibition

Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 18, 6 - 8:30 PM
(Awards Ceremony at 7 PM)

Juried by Jamie Walker, Akio Takamori, and Doug Jeck

Clay? III investigates the increasingly important role of ceramics in contemporary art. Using recent technological advances and working with contemporary concepts, ceramic artists are building on clay's rich tradition to create new and innovative work. This biennial exhibition features 20 pieces selected by the UW ceramic professors from over 200 national and international submissions.

has: KAC's Fine + Functional Art Store 

at Kirkland Parkplace

336 Parkplace, Kirkland
Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, 12 to 5 PM

Come see for yourself this month how artists are interpreting March's store theme, Cup Show, at has.

This is the place for unique, affordable, quality work in 2-D, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, glass, and more. Wonderful new work is arriving weekly in all mediums, so make this a regular stop for gifts, self-indulgence, and retail therapy. There are over 100 local artists supporting KAC in this great showcase, and the sincerest form of community support comes with enthusiastic purchases! Our friendly store staff includes many artists who are volunteering to make has a great success.

With each purchase at has, you'll be providing essential support to individual artists and to Kirkland Arts Center programs.

Stay tuned: April is Tea Party time at has!

For more information and to register for the above events, visit

620 Market Street
Kirkland, WA 98033

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