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“Drawing on Olympia” Places Work of Local Artists in Downtown Windows

OLYMPIA ARTSPACE ALLIANCE LAUNCHES “ART IN OLYMPIA STOREFRONT” WITH JUNE INSTALLATIONS IN TWO DOWNTOWN LOCATIONS

Exploring the potential of downtown Olympia, three local artists are “Drawing on Olympia” with temporary exhibitions in the windows of two currently vacant spaces in the heart of downtown Olympia. On view June 7 through July 7 in two locations, the art installations feature work by three Olympia-area artists:

● · Randi Parkhurst and Kathy Gore Fuss are creating an art installation in the windows at 425 Franklin St. SE, the modernist building for the Capital Savings & Loan Building (known more recently as night clubs including LEVEL and Thekla).

● · China Faith Star is creating an art installation in the windows of the former 5th Ave Sandwich Shop, 117 5th Ave. SE.

Both installations are designed in response to the theme “Drawing on Olympia” and are meant to help us all see new possibilities in familiar locations. The installations are part of “Art in Olympia Storefronts,” a project of the Olympia Artspace Alliance. The project will continue with installations by artists selected through an application and jury process. A “call to artists” will be posted on the OAA website (Olympiaartspace.org).

The community is invited to meet the artists on downtown Olympia’s “Third Thursday” - June 20, 5-6 pm in the atrium of the New Caldonia Building - 116 5th Avenue SE in downtown Olympia.

Olympia Artspace Alliance is a local nonprofit organization established in 2011 to preserve, develop and advocate for space for artists. The project is also supported by the Olympia Downtown Alliance, the City of Olympia, and the Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA. Artist statements and more information about this project and the Olympia Artspace Alliance is available at Olympiaartspace.org.

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