"The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation". ~ Auguste Rodin
|The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of the Arts in our community and schools and to being a source of inspiration and education to enhance the quality of life for everyone.The Arts Council's immediate goal is to cultivate stronger partnerships with our schools, businesses and greater community, specific to our youth and citizens in the areas of visual and performing arts.
This is a great time to be an artist or an art lover! Maple Valley is flourishing and our group has shaped community awareness of the Arts in such a way that Auguste Rodin would be proud. Join us and share your talents and enthusiasm for the Arts.
Membership is easy, and is only $25. Your annual membership will allow us to fund our FREE community events and affordable programs, like Maple Valley Idol, Jr., Theater for All, and the Annual Maple Valley Days Arts Fest.
Donations and corporate sponsorships also help our events calendar grow! We will also be happy to display your promotional materials at our office and events, as well as linking your website with ours.
Maple Valley Creative Arts Council is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. EIN 91-1980307. All donations are tax exempt to the full extent of the law. Please consult your tax adviser for more information.
CALL FOR ART!
MVCAC is gearing up for its 21st annual Arts Fest hosted at the Lake Wilderness Lodge on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th. This popular event coincides with the yearly community celebration, Maple Valley Days, and is the must-see highlight of the weekend. Arts Fest will include live performances, indoor gallery displaying visual arts for sale to the public, artists' demonstrations, and hands-on activities for children. On Friday, June 6th MVCAC will hold an Artist Reception to kick off Arts Fest weekend.
Spread the word!
With over $1,000 in cash prizes and awards, be sure to submit your completed prospectus and $25 fee BEFORE FRIDAY, MAY 31st!
MEET THIS YEAR'S JUROR, SUZANNE GARDNER
Suzanne has lived and taught in Maple Valley for the past 19 years. She teaches 2D, 3D and Advanced Placement Studio Art at Tahoma Senior High School. Ms. Gardner studied art at the University of Oregon followed by studying various forms of art at UCLA, U. of Cal Fresno, Weber State in Utah, and U. of the Pacific among others. Being a lifelong learner, she is always excited to try new mediums and new approaches to art. For her, the process is as important as the end product.
When asked as a 5 or 6 year old what she wanted to be, she always said, "an artist!" Suzanne had no idea what that meant but just loved drawing and painting. Her first oil painting experience was in the 4th grade at a plein air oil painting workshop where she painted on old window shades and Masonite. Growing up, she always had lots of support from her family and their friends.
Her goal long term is to paint full time and she and her husband are building an art studio. So from that beginning long ago, she will be able to fulfill that dream on a more regular basis.
Growing up in Idaho and Montana, Suzanne has always been around American Indian art and artifacts growing up. Her mother wore "real" moccasins from her high school years as slippers; they had an Indian corn grinding stone and her dad would take her on trips to see the Indian teepee rings and to hunt for arrowheads. Her mixed media pieces are influenced by her background interest, some native pottery and basketry that she has collected. Ms. Gardner's influences have moved to more nontraditional art rather than realism as she has matured. One of her recent influences has been modern American Indian art that is nontraditional. Fritz Scholder and Woody Crumbo are artists that she most admires. Suzanne has just discovered that the "Spirit Horse" serigraphs by Crumbo of her parents were also in the collections of Winston Churchill and the Queen of England.
Suzanne's mother was her greatest influence as to the direction she has taken in are. Her mother taught her how to "see" things that most people would not notice. She remembers as a child that her mother was always pointing out things to her so her perspective on everyday objects would change. "Look how there is green and yellows in the sky today, look how the shadows make a pattern on the ground and the building at the same time." Teaching has been a family tradition so the combination of teaching and doing art became a natural thing for Suzanne to do. One of her goals that she has with her students is to learn to really
look at things in their environment.
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Musical Theatre/Broadway Kids Camp - 7/8/2019
Maple Valley Creative Arts Center is proud to partner with Voice in the Valley Music Studio to offer this fun-filled, weeklong camp specifically designed for developing vocalists and actors (ages 8-18), emphasizing the application of acting techniques to song performance. Participants will explore and perform multiple songs (solos/duets/ensembles) from a variety of Broadway musicals and Disney favorites. Lead by Dr. Jessica Jumper, the camp focuses on stage presence, movement, and advancing dramatic action through the song. Participants will also be introduced to the fundamental principles of singing, projection, and breathing. All materials provided. The workshop is held daily from 9am-2pm Monday-Thursday. Friday's dress rehearsal will be held from 4pm-6pm. The Final Performance Showcase will be held at 6pm, open to the public.
The tunnel has been cleaned and surface painting has been done! Once lights in the tunnel are installed (date TBD), we'll get started on creating our first mural.
We need about $10,000 in cash and in-kind donations to bring our first mural to life. We've raised over $3,500 so far. This is but a FRACTION of King County's investment in this project. Please make a donation to MVCAC today. Then challenge family members, friends, and your employer to support our first mural project. The more we raise, the more we can build the annual community event we envision.
Maple Valley is a beautiful place to live, work and play. MVCAC's new Paint By Tunnels project will make it even more! We believe that our community is full of creative people. We believe that when we all come together to make something beautiful, our collective world becomes a little bit brighter; hearts soften, smiles proliferate, laughter is more frequently heard. Art is our vehicle of choice. We believe that an annual mural festival along our beloved Cedar to Green Rivers Trail will be a highlight to be shared by everyone.
We have already received incredible support from King County Parks & Recreation Department, The City of Maple Valley, Dace's Rock 'N More Music Academy, Maple Valley Farmers' Market, Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, STEAMboat Studio, From Page To Stage Theater Productions, and Voice In The Valley.
Join us from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, May 17th at the Tahoma Elementary School Auditorium to find out who Judges will select as this year's top winners!
“Audience Choice Winner” Ballots are a $5 suggested donation. One ballot per person only.
Maple Valley Idol, Jr. is a FREE community event produced by the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and help us to continue producing creative programs, like MV Idol, Jr.
Click HERE to support MVCAC and Maple Valley Idol, Jr. today!
FINAL WEEKEND OF PERFORMANCES!
FRIDAY MARCH 15TH @ 8:00PM
SATURDAY MARCH 16TH @ 8:00PM
SUNDAY MARCH 17TH @ 2:00PM
AVAILABLE AT DOOR OR:
Summer Theater Intensive - 20/08/2018 REGISTER NOW
Vocal Performance Summer Camp
August 13-17, 2018
Maple Valley Creative Arts Center is proud to partner with Voice in the Valley Music Studio to offer this fun-filled, weeklong camp specifically designed for developing vocalists (ages 11-18), emphasizing the importance of solid vocal technique to enhance song performance. Participants will explore multiple songs (solos/duets/ensembles) from a variety of genres including Musical Theatre, Classical, Folk, Jazz, and Pop, being coached by Dr. Jessi Jumper and our special vocal coach, Jessie Siren! Specific focus is on the importance of proper singing techniques, including posture, breath, phonation, and resonation, as well as the importance of connecting with your audience through dramatic action on stage. The workshop is held daily from 9am-2pm Monday-Thursday. Friday's dress rehearsal will be held from 4pm-6pm. The Final Performance Showcase will be held at 6pm, open to the public.
*Space is limited, early registration is encouraged!
Early Bird Special $180
$215 after July 13th
Click HERE for more information or to register!
CALL FOR ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS!
It's time to register for our 2018 Arts Fest. Please see our prospectus for all the information you need.
If you are interested in performing, please email us at email@example.com.
We are honored to welcome Barbara Benedetti Newton as our juror for the juried art show. To learn about Barbara, please visit her website, https://barbaranewton.
Click here to read her bio.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 PM
@ Maple Valley Creative Arts Center
Join local artist Brenda Chrystie as she presents new paintings and shares about the art historical and mythological references within her figurative work.
Light refreshments will be served.
Brenda is a MVCAC Member, an Alternate on the City of Maple Valley Public Arts Commission, and Artist/Business Manager and instructor at STEAMboat Studio. For more information about Ms. Chrystie and her work visit www.BrendaChrystie.com..
Join us on Friday, April 27th, for the 2018 Maple Valley Idol Jr. Finals!
Tahoma Middle School Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Judges will select the top three winners. Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite and be crowned “Audience Choice Winner.”
JOIN US FOR A FUN FAMILY EVENT!
Rise & Shine is an annual fundraiser bringing together artists, community members, collectors, donors, and friends to celebrate MVCAC's mission to promote and appreciate the arts in our community and schools.
Silent and Live Auctions, Holiday Shopping, Make-A-Gift, Breakfast, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTS! We can't think of a better way to wake up on a crisp December Saturday morning. Can you?
Start things off with coffee and perusing the Silent Auction from 8:30 to 9:00 am. While fueling for the day with a scrumptious breakfast from 9:00 to 10:00, we'll have a small Live Auction. The Silent Auction will continue after the Breakfast, during which time you'll also be able to shop this year's Bazaar for original art and holiday gifts - or stop by one of our local vendors and artists who are offering an on-site Make-A-Gift opportunity for around $10.00 each.
Tickets are only $25.00 each and children 12 and under eat FREE! All proceeds (except for the Make-A-Gift) benefit Maple Valley Creative Arts Council. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE as they will not be sold at the door!
Purchase Rise & Shine! Tickets
Now showing through the month of December 2017:
Work by local Artist and Instructor Brenda Chrystie
Tales to Tell Troupe are 8-12year olds performing a hilarious Film Noir Spoof. The crime? Someone has stolen the Queen of Hearts Tarts! Was it the Old Woman who lived in the shoe? Or was it the jealous Muffin Man? Come bring the children and laugh you way through this fun “Who Dun’it.” Advance priced tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to present our first Shakespeare! The Paradox Players in an adaptation of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" in steampunk style. If you never thought you would like Shakespeare come and laugh with us as we discover how Rosalind's is the master matchmaker!! We like to refer to this production as "No fear Shakespeare!" email: email@example.com for advance priced tickets!
Silver Shadows is a new Young Peoples play written and directed by Ed Corrigan, a Maple Valley playwright. In this drama our young hero, Willy, is searching for meaning in his life and searching for his lost cat, Omega. Willy follows Omega into a mystical, misty Birch Tree Forest which, according to local legend, no one ever returns. Willy begins his personal Odyssey with hope in his heart but without direction in life. What will he discover about the world and himself? Please come to our play for answers, personal discovery and
Click Links Below to Purchase Tickets
SILVER SHADOWS - 9/14/2017
SILVER SHADOWS - 9/15/2017
SILVER SHADOWS - 9/16/2017
SILVER SHADOWS - 9/17/2017
Youth Theatre Camp!
Youth Theater Camp - 8/14/2017
From Page to Stage Production is offering a weeklong summer theater intensive for students at any stage of acting ability. Ages 10-18+. We will be working with a script with the end goal of a complete theater production performed for the public on Friday, August 14 th at 7pm. We will be exploring theater terms and disciplines, character development, proper voice projection, and scene blocking. Workshop August 10th -14th, Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm, Lunch break 12-12:30pm (lunch not provided). Evening practice time required, as the final performance is off script! Dress rehearsal Fri 4-6:30pm. Final Performance Showcase 7pm!
~ Open to the public ~ Space is limited, early registration is encouraged!
Art Gallery Opening Night at the Creative Arts Center
Featuring art of Nancy Ziegler
The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council invites everyone to the opening night artist’s reception for Nancy Ziegler, Saturday, July 8th 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. The reception is free, family friendly, and open to all! Light refreshments will be served including wine and cheese. There will be live music performed by classical guitarist Andrew Beers. He will perform works of York, Villalobos, JS Bach, Tarrega, Barrios, Johansen, Brower, Giuliani, Paganini and more. Come and be part of this celebration!
2017 ARTS FEST Juried Art Show form. Prospectus
CLICK HERE AND MEET OUR JURIST!
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A Walk in the Wild
featuring photography of
MV Creative Arts Center
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Join Leave a Trail Photography for an adventurous evening taking a walk in the wild.
Immerse yourself in locations around the world, surrounded by close encounters with
wildlife and scenic landscapes to uplift your spirits.
This is a family focused event. Kid activities and treats will be provided to keep your little ones
entertained and educated about the nature around them. Wine will be provided for the parents to
unwind and enjoy the art.
Come with intrigue and leave with inspiration to get outdoors and create your own epic memories.
RSVP by 5/20/17 via FaceBook Click here (bit.ly/2qngOq2) and receive a free gift upon arrival.
Free Event! So why not spoil yourself and release your wild side.
Leave a Trail Photography’s event
is hosted by Maple Valley Creative Arts Council and designed by A Dash of Adorable.
You are invited to opening night for artist
Sunday April 30th, 2017, 6:30-9pm
The Reception titled “For the Love of Flowers”
Family friendly and open to all! Light refreshments will be served.
Live music performed by a classical guitarist Andrew Beers.
Be part of this FREE celebration!
Pocket Park Maple Valley 2.0
We've raised $35,000 for our Pocket Park!
On-going 4Corners ArtWalk
Stay tuned for information on the next event!
Eagle River Interiors
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ArtWalk is a free, family event - all are welcome!
All artwork is for sale and will be on view for roughly two months.
If you are an artist and are interested in exhibiting at one of the upcoming ArtWalks,
contact our 4Corners visual art volunteer, Jennifer Haley via email. -Thank you!