May 13, 2017

ArtWalk at Your Library!

Pullman’s 8th annual ArtWalk runs May 11 – 13, bringing you a vibrant mix of visual and performing arts for all ages.  ArtWalk celebrates local artists and downtown business to build community and redefine our shared space, adding to the vibrancy, economic vitality, and diversity of downtown Pullman!  This lively art festival features pop-up art, activities for children and adults, and innovative exhibits to promote and celebrate the arts in our region.  Coordinated by the Pullman Arts Commission, ArtWalk is made possible by a Lodging Tourism grant award and local funding matches.

On Thursday, Neill Public Library celebrated ArtWalk with a special art and craft storytime. A Pullman Arts Commissioner read a book and guided children through a creative art activity.  On Friday afternoon a full to capacity bobbin lace workshop for beginners was hosted by the Appaloosa Lace Guild.  Both events were enjoyed by many!

On Friday night, the Pullman Arts Commission and Mayor Glenn Johnson honored Rajeswari Soundararajan with the Mayor’s Art Award.  Following the award ceremony RTOP Theatre presented a live cabaret review of popular musical songs for guests.  The night ended in style with an artist meet & greet social event.  Artists, merchants, and community members mixed and mingled the night away.  It was a memorable time filled with live entertainment, dynamic conversation and fabulous food.

If you are reading this column early Saturday you still have time to experience Pullman’s ArtWalk!  Grab your shoes and camera and head to downtown Pullman.  See displays of beautiful handmade lace from the Appaloosa Lace Guild and art from Jefferson Elementary’s kindergarten and fourth grades through their Art Docent program.  Main events run from 4 – 8pm on Saturday as artists showcase their work at participating merchant locations!  Merchants offer extended hours, special shopping deals, and more fabulous food for you to nibble on as you view inspiring art!  Bring your children to Neill Public Library for a Kid’s Art Studio from 4 – 6pm as Commissioners host hands-on workshops for preschool, elementary, and middle school aged youth.  Refer to the newspaper ArtWalk Guide or visit the Pullman Arts Commission’s facebook page for mapped events.

The Pullman Arts Commission, 31 artists, and 23 businesses have come together to make this year’s event amazing for you.  We’d love to see ArtWalk through your eyes!  Chronicle your experience through photos and email them to us at Include your full name and we’re happy to give you photo credit if used in future publicity.

The Pullman Arts Commission is a City of Pullman appointed commission with Neill Public Library serving as its department liaison to provide administrative support.  The Pullman Arts Commission cultivates the visual and performing arts to enrich the quality of life of the community through its vision, advocacy, and financial support, connecting residents, students, and visitors to diverse aesthetic and cultural experiences.

For information about the Pullman Arts Commission or ArtWalk, check out Facebook: or contact Joanna Bailey at Neill Public Library.

Joanna Bailey
Director of Neill Public Library
Interim Chair, Pullman Arts Commission

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