YAKIMA, Wash. -- On Saturday, the world will join in celebration of sculpture during the fourth annual International Sculpture Day with more than 100 participating organizations on six continents.
The International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, N.J., which publishes Sculpture Magazine, started the celebration in 2015. The magazine featured the celebration last year and mentioned the outcome of the day’s events in Yakima.
This year, artists Carolyn Nelson and Andy Behrle will lead Sculpting the Valley II, the Yakima area’s second celebration of International Sculpture Day. This year’s local events will include art exhibitions, open studios, live art-making demonstrations and a guided tour of public art in downtown Yakima.
It all starts at 11 a.m. at Boxx Gallery, 616 Maple St. in Tieton, with an exhibition featuring sculptures by 22 artists living and working in the Yakima area. It will be open until 4 p.m. and will be on view at Boxx Gallery through May 26.
Also in Tieton, the 601 Elm studio space at 601 Elm St. will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 601 Elm, adjacent to Paper Hammer Studios, will feature artwork by owner Brian Holtzinger and artist Janice La Verne Baker.
Tieton Arts & Humanities will host an opening reception from noon to 3 p.m. for the 2018 Student Art Show in the Mighty Tieton Warehouse Gallery at 608 Wisconsin Ave. in Tieton. This exhibition, sponsored by Community Health of Central Washington Highland Clinic, provides 200 kindergarten through 12th-grade students from Upper Yakima Valley school districts the opportunity to showcase their artwork.
Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. The Student Art Show will be on view Fridays-Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. through May 20.
The Trimpin Sound Space will also be open to visitors in the Mighty Tieton Warehouse, as will Tieton Mosaic’s studio. The Trimpin Sound Space is an auxiliary studio and showcase for world-renowned artist Trimpin’s sound sculptures.
Trimpin is a MacArthur “genius grant” awardee who is based in Seattle and exhibits his music-making artworks around the globe.
Tieton Mosaic is an arm of Tieton Arts & Humanities and was created with the assistance of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tieton Mosaic has transformed downtown Tieton with multiple public art projects that can be viewed at any time.
At 4 p.m., artist and educator Carolyn Nelson will lead a walking tour of public art projects in downtown Yakima, including the Yakima Art Commission’s Windows Alive! exhibitions in empty storefronts along Yakima Avenue, and the Larson Gallery’s exhibition at Gilbert Cellars, 5 N. Front St., featuring paintings and sculpture by David Johansson.
The free walking tour will proceed rain or shine; meet in front of North Town Coffeehouse, 32 N. Front St., at 3:45 p.m. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
Nelson and guests will weave their way through downtown Yakima before concluding the tour at Yakima Maker Space. 16 S. First St.. where ceramic artist Eunsil Kim will demonstrate a raku firing and Yakima Maker Space Gallery will host a reception for “Selected Sculptural Works Curated and Presented By: Jack McEntire.”
Also known as “Chainsaw Jack,” McEntire creates sculptures with his chainsaw and teaches students wood-carving techniques in his studio in Selah.
All Sculpting the Valley II events are free and open to the public.
• David Lynx is executive director of the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley College. Learn more at www.larsongallery.org.