A conversation spawned successful ArtWalla event


ArtWalla’s recent Art Squared event started as a conversation between two artists over a year ago who happened to have booths back to back at the merchant-sponsored Fridays on First.

A seed was planted in a very grassroots effort. The conversation continued, an organizing group began to emerge, and more input was gathered. A proposal was written and delivered to ArtWalla, who embraced the concept and agreed to give it wings. An action plan, Email lists, an inventory system, and other valuable infrastructure evolved. 67 artists said yes!

A beautiful easel and lighting system was created, two generous host venues — Charles Smith Wines and The Garden Vegan Café — extended their welcome, and an incredible three-day event took place ... All because, artists and art lovers believe in the value of coming together to build a stronger, more visible arts community.

At the end of the weekend, 465 pieces of art were sold, generating over $12,000 for artists and $5,000 to support the work of ArtWalla. The Art Squared event was also good for local businesses — drawing customers to restaurants, tasting rooms, retailers, and others who added to the artful atmosphere.

ArtWalla is grateful to the Union-Bulletin for featuring Art Squared in the Marquee the night before the event. Our hometown newspaper helped make the first ever Art Squared an amazing success!

We invite the community to learn more about ArtWalla and opportunities to support the arts in Walla Walla by visiting the website — artwalla.com.

Marilee Schiff

Art Squared Committee chairwoman

ArtWalla Board Member


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