Fall Arts Walk in Downtown Olympia

Mark your calendar for Arts Walk XLVII! On Friday, October 4, from 5-10pm, and Saturday, October 5 from Noon-5pm, 93 downtown businesses will open their doors to showcase the wonderfully rich and diverse resource of visual and performing arts of the South Sound Region. Enjoy two days of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fibers and other visual art. Take in diverse performing arts, from family theater to a variety of musical styles and dance from Sitar to Salsa, Jazz to Hawaiian! Whatever art form moves you, chances are you’ll find it downtown during Arts Walk. Arts Walk maps are available at participating locations, The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW and Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave E, after September 21. An online listing can be found at www.olympiawa.gov/artswalk (also after September 21).

For youth and families, the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department will sponsor a hands-on activity area with the Hands on Children’s Museum. Stop by Friday, October 4, at Washington Street and 5th Avenue between 5-9pm for kid’s face painting and art making!

The Arts Walk map cover this fall features the artwork Where Seagulls Go at Night by Chris Maynard. Some say that artist Chris Maynard is slightly feather-obsessed. “It’s true,” he says, “my work with feathers gives me a satisfying perch from which to view the world.” Chris debuted his feather artwork at fall Arts Walk in 2010 and hasn’t slowed down since. He was juried into the Artist Trust EDGE Program for emerging artists in 2012 and featured in a solo show at The Washington Center last winter. His feather work has been featured on the front page of Reddit, the Huffington Post , MSN, and many other on-line news and blogs. Also in 2012, one of Chris’ pieces was selected for the international Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin.

Arts Walk is sponsored by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and the Olympia Arts Commission, with support provided by Art House Designs, Capitol City Press, Mixx 96 FM, and the Washington State Employees Credit Union along with participating artists and businesses. For more information, please contact Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation, at 360.753.8380 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 12, 2013/Press Release City of Olympia