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.


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.


What happens when you put 194 art pieces from all over the world in a restored warehouse?

People show up! 10x10x10xTieton wraps up this weekend, and what an enjoyable exhibition it has been. Tieton Arts & Humanities’ annual international art show was viewed by almost 900 people this summer, including 400 people at the Opening Reception on Saturday, August 12th and about 500 people during weekend gallery hours. That’s a lot!

If you made it out to see the show, thank you! We hope you discovered a piece or two in the show to call your favorite.

Might have missed the show? You can still view it online here. Interested in supporting this project? Your donations make a difference in the community. You can donate to Tieton Arts & Humanities here.


And the winners are...

The five recipients of the 2017 10x10x10xTieton Juror's Award have been announced! The jurors had to select from the largest showing yet, at 196 pieces. Through October 8, visitors of the show will have a chance to cast their own vote for the People's Choice Award. Stay tuned!

Click here to learn more about the 2017 exhibition.

Yakima Herald: Grant paves way for Tieton mosaics of fruit labels

More mighty big news coming from Tieton! Tieton Arts & Humanities and Tieton Mosaic has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a new project to create seven large murals of vintage Yakima fruit labels to be displayed throughout Tieton, Washington. First up, the Tieton T. What other historical fruit grower’s label will be next? We’re excited to find out!

Read more at the Yakima Herald

Fashion "COMME(s)" to Tieton!

COMME to Tieton | Comme des Garçons Fashion and Design features work from three decades by Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons. The fashion designer’s works are currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Kawakubo is only the second living fashion designer to ever have a retrospective there--the first being Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 exhibit. Now you can see her work right here in Tieton!

Rei Kawakubo’s avant-garde designs have been highly influential to generations of fashion designers, and they demonstrate art and fashion as one, sometimes privileging one over the other. From the Collection of Cynthea J. Bogel, eleven Kawakubo-designed ensembles, many with shoes, from sculptural to flat, abstract to velvet and lace, will be on display at Mighty Tieton’s newest event space, 617, August 4 through September 3. There will be a reception free and open to the public on August 12 from 12 - 3pm.

10x10x10xTieton Juror Spotlight on Lloyd Herman

10x10x10xTieton yet again hosts exceptional jurors who represent a wide perspective of art, craft, curating, and community engagement. The 2017 jurors are:

Gia Hamilton, Director of Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans
Lloyd Herman, Founding Director of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

To help you get to know them a little better, we invited our jurors to share about themselves. Today, we hear from Lloyd.

Don't forget, submissions are due June 16! Submit your work today.

Photo courtesy of Renwick Gallery

Photo courtesy of Renwick Gallery

Lloyd Herman was the founding director of our national craft museum, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art museum and, after 20 years at the Smithsonian returned to the Northwest. The University of Washington Press, publisher of his 1990 book, Art that Works: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America, called him “one of the foremost authorities on America’s contemporary craft movement". For the past twenty-five years he has worked as a museum planner (Museum of Glass, Tacoma) and guest curator of exhibitions for museums, traveling exhibition services and the U.S. Information Agency. He has led craft trips to India, Jordan, Morocco, Vietnam and Iran, and lectures regularly on the evolution of “craft” into “art” and on the contemporary glass movement.

How did your love for craft begin?

When I was about 8, living on a farm in Oregon, I became a 4-H woodworker. Though I made a footstool and a wall shelf, I was so bad at woodworking that I began to admire those who were good.

How did you see American craft and appreciation for craft evolve during your time at the Renwick Gallery?

“Craft” evolved from largely-functional objects to those that were more sculptural or expressive of ideas. The creation of a support group, the James Renwick Alliance, fostered greater national recognition and support for craft.

What was a favorite exhibition (or two, or three) from your time at the Renwick Gallery, and why?

Certainly “Craft Multiples,” which looked at functional objects made in multiples by their creator, and juried from a national competition was a favorite. It toured to towns with under 50,000 population and served as a counterpoint to the large “Objects USA” touring exhibition that featured the sculptural direction of craft and traveled only to large museums. Another was “American Porcelain: New Expressions in an Ancient Art” which juxtaposed contemporary functional sculptural work in porcelain with historical 18th century examples. It toured nationally and was picked up by U. S. Information Agency for an international tour. I’m also proud of solo artist retrospectives like that of weaver/printmaker Anni Albers.

What do you enjoy most about contemporary craft?

Originality, skill and ingenuity working with fairly mundane materials.

How do you see craft evolving in the near future?

In recent years we’ve seen the decline of functional works and shops and galleries that used to sell them, the movement to room-filling installations of sculpture made from “craft” materials, and the decline of craft disciplines in universities and art schools, and “art and design” replacing “craft” in some museums and schools. At the same time, several museums have newly embraced “craft” in their names and programs. As professional education in clay, glass, metals, wood and fibers as declined, we see the emergence of the DIY movement, embracing simple techniques requiring less skill (and education) making handmade goods widely available on such websites as Etsy.com. Repurposed and recycled materials—“mixed media”—are now a large category in recent competitions I’ve juried or judged. I expect this trend to continue.

What are a few of your favorite pieces that you own?

I treasure a large 3-D wall piece by Lynn DiNino and the late Robert Purser called the “Wedding Reception Quilt” made from repurposed decorated paper plates and hors d’oeuvres made from wood scraps. They made it for an exhibition where they were prevented from serving food at the opening. Another is Jim Kraft’s ceramic sculpture, “Swimming Dog.”

What will you be looking for in submissions?

Originality always, use of materials and visual appeal as much as content.


10x10x10xTieton is made possible through a gift from Doug and Laurie Kanyer.