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Eastside Art Immersion: Kirkland

Art-Immersion-on-the EastsideKirkland Galleries, Classes and Art Walks

Rarely does Eastside art need justification these days, holding its own across Lake Washington from metro Seattle. Even rivaling its big sister of Bellevue, visual arts in Kirkland art has a distinct personality and creative ingenuity. Here’s a look at what’s happening in Kirkland’s visual art scene this season, from gallery openings to hands-on classes and the ever-popular downtown art walk.  

Gallery Shows

Thriving in a genre of its own, ryan james fine art is where to go for the unexpected. It’s Kirkland’s only venue dedicated solely to modern, abstract and conceptual arts from contemporary Washington artists. Get over there in May 2018 for the Visual Impressions show featuring 50 juried art masters. You’ll find works in everything from aluminum to welded steel, graphites, raw lumber, sculptural painting with LED lights, and “nature-dissected wood.”

Are you a fan of tiny art? Kirkland sets the mini-art world on fire in May every year, with more than 300 micro-masterpieces from across the globe showcased at Parklane Fine Arts Gallery downtown. Meet the artists at a reception and awards presentation during the Kirkland Art Walk on May 11 from 5 to 8 pm.

Tip: You can buy your favorite miniatures online at the Parklane Gallery website beginning April 29.


If there’s an art form known to man, it’s likely to have a teacher at the Kirkland Art Center on Market Street. Take your pick from genres such as ceramics, printmaking, painting, mixed media, fiber art, collage and digital art. Most spring classes run through the first week of June, including ceramics and mezzanine classes for handbuilding, wheel throwing and glazing. Fiber art classes offer a chance to learn nuno felting with loose fibers to create colorful scarves.

Drop in for Sunday Life Drawing sessions to create sculptures from figure models, and sign up for ongoing printmaking classes to learn techniques such as linocut relief, etching, mezzotints, monoprints, woodcuts and stencils. After learning how to use the press from an instructor, you can drop in for Printmaking Open Studio sessions.  

If you have young folks in your life, check out the learning options at AL Studio Fine Art Classes. The creative-arts academy focuses on ages 4 through 15, with weekly art classes, art camps, workshops and portfolio preparation. They can learn portraiture, landscapes, character animation and more using mediums such as watercolors, oils, pencils and pastels.

Whatever your passion in life, living in Kirkland is sure to inspire you on a daily basis. Make your home in one of Pinnacle’s Kirkland apartment communities today; call for details and to set up a private tour.