10x10x10xTieton Juror Spotlight on Monica Miller

10x10x10xTieton yet again hosts exceptional jurors who represent a wide perspective of art, craft, curating, and community engagement. Meet one of the 2018 jurors, Monica Miller, Executive Director of Gallery One Visual Arts Center of Ellensburg, Washington.

To help you get to know her a little better, we invited Monica to share about themselves. 

Don't forget, submissions are due June 15! Submit your work today.

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Can you share with us a little about Gallery One Visual Arts Center in Ellensburg, WA, where you are Executive Director?

Like Tieton, our existence is still a surprise to many, what with us being out here in the middle of the state. You sort of have to bust through the invisible force field of gas stations and fast food restaurants to find us. We're in a historic building, but we have a contemporary vibe. We try and pack every square inch of the gallery with artwork and with people. To do that we have regularly rotating exhibits, studio spaces for artists, classrooms for artists of all abilities on the third floor, five gallery-like spaces (including the hallway), a gift shop, and a great ceramics studio. We even painted a mural in the alley adjacent to the gallery. We want people to have access to the arts regardless of their income or ability. Our goal is to offer a range of entry points. From the skeptic to the optimist, the beginner to the most accomplished artist, we want to give each person a chance to discover and explore their creative self, as well as be inspired by others. 

 

Per your experience working in Seattle and now in Ellensburg (population ~20,000), how do you view the role of art and creativity in smaller, more rural towns versus larger cities?
Since moving to Ellensburg, I have learned so much about the impact that art can have on people's daily lives. I've been able to see specifically and intimately how art can affect multiple aspects of what makes a healthy community. Whether it be the health benefits art has on those who’ve experienced brain trauma, or the impact art has on local businesses when we have a First Friday, the effect is truly tangible. Since the City of Ellensburg voted to create a percent for art plan, the visual impact the arts can have has become even more apparent. Where there was nothing, now there is art! I feel the various sectors (health, government, university, schools, businesses, etc.) are open to and responsive to the benefits that art has in their lives and are part of a coalition of people interested in creating a happy, healthy community where art thrives. All of that is present in Seattle too, I know after living there for 12 years, it's just more intimate and direct here.

 

What exciting things are planned for this year at Gallery One?
Where to begin? This month we are exhibiting 12 photo wall boards from artists and arts organizations from around the state. Visitors are invited to literally get #intoart and share their photos on social media. It's a fun way to break the boundaries that often exist in gallery spaces and get people to imagine themselves as Sasquatch, a bush (literally), or a cowboy. One of the pieces was contributed by Steve Morgan, who was inspired by the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Tieton. This summer we celebrate our 50th Anniversary with a floor to ceiling exhibit of artists who have exhibited here over the past 50 years. That opening weekend (July 6-8), artists in Kittitas County will open their studios for a fun day of studio visits! We're open seven days a week too, so I invite anyone driving by on I-90 to pull over and visit us! Also, in October, we're hosting the Washington State Arts Alliance's Cultural Congress. Arts advocates will gather, dialogue, learn from each other, and ultimately develop a statewide agenda for the ARTS. I feel very positive about the cohesion building around the arts in the state right now. Our current #intoart exhibit reflects that connectivity.

 

Why is celebrating small art like 10x10 important? 

Small art is important because it can live anywhere. It can also be more affordable and portable. I love art that doesn't have to feel like it belongs in "the Met" or that might dominate your living space. Rather, I love art that can simply move in with you and cohabitate with you and your family, creating dialogue with you and any of your other personal objects. What I've experienced by going to these 10x10 shows over the past years is that the size gives artists a chance to play because, for many, the stakes aren't as high as they are with larger pieces of art. There have been a lot of artists whose work I thought I knew until I saw their submission to the show.

 

What will you be looking for in submissions?

I'll be looking for those moments, those pieces, that make me pause and make me want to linger longer.

#GiveBIG 2018

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This year on Wednesday, May 9 Tieton Arts & Humanities is participating in #GiveBIG. GiveBIG is an opportunity for nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest to be highlighted through the Seattle Foundation. TA&H asks for your support to help fund the creative and enriching programs that it offers, like Día de los Muertos, LiTFUSE: A Poet’s Workshop and the Student Art Show, among others!

TA&H’s #GiveBIG fundraising goal this year is $15,000! A generous group of donors has come together to match each donation up to $7,500. Your donation doubles when you give on May 9 during #GiveBIG. Help TA&H reach their fundraising goal!

Donations can be made here: bit.ly/tahgiveBIG2018 

Want to learn more about TA&H’s programming? Visit tietonarts.org.

Fun for the Whole Family at Tieton Open House

Did you attend last weekend's Tieton Open House? Tieton was bustling with excitement. Boxx Gallery had an opening reception, art studios were open, and dining options were plentiful. The Student Art Show was a true success. Students K - 12 were able to proudly show off their art skills to family. In recognition of their creative skills, an award was given to a student from each grade. In addition, an overall winner was selected whose piece was multimedia and truly impressive. The gallery will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 12 - 3pm through May 20. Come see the gallery!

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Tieton Mosaic's fifth history plaque is now up!

The Griffith Rooming House was built by Andy and Thelma Griffith in 1945. The Griffiths took in roomers for many years and it remained the family home until 1987. The plaque was commissioned by the daughter of Andy and Thelma; Betty Griffith Jaeger, pictured with the current home owner, Esperanza M. Silva.

Keep an eye out for the four other history plaques the next time you're in Tieton Square.

Tieton Mosaic heads East!

The handmade mosaics traveled all the way to the Boston Center for the Arts for Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding their Business. Lucas Spivey, the guy behind the Mobile Incubator, is the curator of the multimedia exhibit. Since leaving Tieton, the previous Executive Director of Tieton Arts & Humanities traveled the country in a 1957 Shasta camper seeking out art business models. Spivey most recently posted up in Florida and spent the summer of 2017 at the Boston Center for the Arts plaza.

Artists included in the exhibit are Beyond Buckskin (Turtle Mountain Reservation, Belcourt, ND), Derek Erdman (Chicago, IL), Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (Española, NM), Kristin Farr (San Francisco, CA), Smith Shop (Detroit, MI), and Tieton Mosaic (Tieton, WA).

Learn more here and here. Don't forget to follow the adventures of the Mobile incubator!

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Letterpress Love

When was the last time you held swoon-worthy stationery? Lucky for us, Paper Hammer creates just that! With (literally) tons of heavy equipment - 3 letterpresses, a 1920s Smyth Stitcher, a century-old book press, wood and lead type - the by-hand methods of 1970s graphic design, and current digital tools, we create our signature remix of old-new, urban-rural, and orchard-industrial.

Paper Hammer's freshest design includes lovely, red hearts. These babies are quickly becoming a favorite. They can be found in the downtown Seattle Paper Hammer store and even Bangkok at Stationery EastWest.

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Cascadia Magazine: Mighty Tieton to the rescue!

"These days, thanks to our super-hero-obsessed pop-culture, everyone is looking for (and marketers pray for) a great origin story.

Fortunately, Mighty Tieton, an unlikely arts organization blooming in Washington state’s Yakima Valley, comes with one. There’s even a villain. Well, a prickly customer, anyway.

The brainchild of Seattle book publisher Ed Marquand, Mighty Tieton is an artisan business incubator in the sleepy Yakima Valley town of Tieton.

It was the summer of 2005 and Ed Marquand, a Seattle publisher of high-end art books, was in Central Yakima enjoying his fortress of solitude (in truth, a comically rustic 400-square-foot cabin with no electricity or cell service). One afternoon, while on a bike ride through the valley’s striking landscape of arid desert meets fruited plain—Whammo! Evil struck in the form of vicious, bike-tire-gorging goathead thorns (aka, Tribulus terrestris, a species known by its extremely sharp, goat-head shape)."

Read more at Cascadia Magazine

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Just add sun!

What a process! After several weeks of installation, power outages, and more, solar panels have been installed at the Mighty Tieton Warehouse. The panels add power to the grid. Within about 3.5 years, the investment should be paid off making the overhead for the warehouse much more sustainable. Just add sun and the warehouse will be generating non-polluting power.

Dancing horses, a mariachi band, Aztec dancers, and a couple hundred community members parade through Tieton Square

Tieton Arts & Humanities’ 8th annual Día de los Muertos Community Celebration is one of vibrant colors, remembrance of lost loved ones, altars, sugar skulls, papel picado, and images of La Catrina. On Sunday, October 29 with 700 people in attendance, the event hosted arts and craft activities, Day of the Dead art installations, dancing, performances, and the first ever Día de los Muertos parade around Tieton Square!

Faces are painted, pan de muerto is shared, and celebrating ensues only to remind us that “We bring death (our skeletons) with us every day. It is our companion. Let’s celebrate each moment of our life to the fullest, let’s allow our spirit of life to guide us during our journey on earth. The colors, the music, the dances, the sugar skulls, gives death a sweet and fun meaning,” says TA&H program coordinator Aurora Peña Torres. See photos from the event by Yakima Herald Republic.

The event is made possible with support of Washington Arts Commission, Gabriel Cosmetics, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, CPC International, DML Insurance, and Community Health of Central Washington.

Interested in supporting this project? Your donations make a difference in the community. You can donate to Tieton Arts & Humanities here.

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Big "Tieton T" Makes Debut

With several hands, many hours, and over 10,000 individually cut, hand-laid pieces of glass, the first installation of Tieton Mosaic’s Vintage project emerged as a 9 foot by 8 foot large mosaic mural highlighting the “Tieton T” fruit label, easily the most visually attractive mosaic made yet. With bold blues, yellows, reds, and greens, it's simple design so easily enhances the beauty of mosaic work while demonstrating the trade’s remarkable skill set. Pairing mosaic work like this that has long been admired in New York City subways with well-loved and recognized local vintage fruit labels, Vintage is an endeavour to be celebrated in and beyond the community in Tieton.

Which favorite fruit label do you want to see in mosaic form? Tieton Mosaic is experimenting with glass fusing so be on the lookout for something new in the next 6 mosaics, to be finished by the end of 2018. A project that pushes the boundaries of mosaic making and honors the local fruit history, Vintage alone makes it worth a trip to Tieton!

Read more about the project in action here. Interested in supporting this project? Your donations make a difference in the community. You can donate to Tieton Arts & Humanities here.

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