Spring Arts Walk 2017

OLY ARTS is very happy to be a print-media sponsor for Olympia’s Spring Arts Walk 2017. We look forward to future partnership with the City of Olympia Arts Walk team. OLY ARTS is also providing extensive coverage of the Procession of the Species this year. Details below:

In 2017, Spring Arts Walk and Procession takes place on these days:

  • Arts Walk: 5-10 p.m. Friday, April 28
  • Luminary Procession: 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 28
  • Arts Walk: noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29
  • Procession of the Species: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29

Think of Arts Walk as a weekend-long street party, with live music, theatrical performances and the conversion of downtown Olympia into one big gallery. It’s a showcase for the best of local arts and culture, a highlight of Thurston County’s cultural calendar. Take your time and enjoy every last stop on the tour, punctuated by nibbles and drinks from Oly’s best eateries. We bet you’ll find art that’ll make you doubly glad you’re a resident of one of the Pacific Northwest’s cultural capitals.

Procession of the Species is an Olympia-original celebration of nature and the rich ecosystems in which we live. Participants in both the Luminary Procession and the daytime Procession of the Species create their own costumes with natural materials, and they decorate the parade route themselves. There are no “spectators” for this parade: There are participants enjoying each other’s exploration of nature.

Olympia’s twice-annual Arts Walk celebration has grown to include hundreds of participating artists and up to 30,000 attendees enjoying visual and performing arts in the streets of Olympia.

Full-color Arts Walk maps with listings of venues and artists are available at participating locations including The Olympia Center in downtown Olympia.

The history of Arts Walk in Olympia began in 1990, when the first event was organized by Jeanne Allan in conjunction with the Olympia Film Festival. After a starting lineup of 21 businesses and other venues, the Arts Commission began managing Arts Walk in 1991. Arts Walk has been a two-day event since 2011.

Here are OLY ARTS’s artist picks for Spring Arts Walk and Procession 2017:

Alki Middle School shorebirds
Joe Batt and students
Steve Bylsma at the South Sound Estuarium
Corinna Luyken at Captain Little
Madison Elementary lions
Jean Nagai and Peter Scherrer
Olympia Waldorf School peacocks
Samba Olywa tigers
Steve Shanewise and chalk art
Amy Solomon-Minarchi
Eli Sterling, founding director of the Procession
Sophie Stimson at City Hall
Loralin Toney at Splash Gallery
C. M. Willyard at Flourish

Arts Walk Features

Giselle at Studio West Dance Theatre

Weekend Preview: April 28, 2017

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Blubber with puppet designer Jamie Jenson

OFT’s Original, Punk-Rock Musical: Fishnapped!

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Evergreen State College alumna Amy Shephard has collaborated...

bronze sculpture by Sophie Stimson

Sophie Stimson at City Hall

by Nora Kovacs for OLY ARTS Sophie Stimson’s work draws inspiration from body and form,...

photograph by C. M. WIllyard

C. M. Willyard at Flourish

by Nora Kovacs for OLY ARTS The environment is part and parcel of artist Charles M....

"Some Time Ago," acrylic on paper by Jean Nagai

Jean Nagai and Peter Scherrer at Arts Walk

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Jean Nagai paints with acrylic and correction fluid on paper...

"Tech Twins," stoneware and mixed media by Joe Batt

Joe Batt and Students at Arts Walk

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS South Puget Sound Community College professor of art Joe...

Dragon Boat Festival, photo by Joe Saladino

Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Dip your paddle into the water, pulling the handle...

Loralin Toney, photo by Lisa Ellefson

Loralin Toney at Splash Gallery

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Loralin Toney created Aquapia, the mixed-media sculpture on...

The Slug Who Stole Solstice at OFT, set painting by Steve Bylsma

Steve Bylsma: When Art and Science Meet

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Growing up in Bothell, Steve Bylsma loved drawing the...

painting by Megan Bailey

Megan Bailey at Allsorts Gallery

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Megan Bailey is an art student at The Evergreen State...

Corinna Luyken

Corinna Luyken at Captain Little

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Most kids love to draw. The difference between artists like...

Olympia Waldorf School peacocks

OIympia Waldorf School Struts Its Stuff

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Led by Jerry Berebitsky, Olympia Waldorf School has...

blue heron at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Alki Middle School and the Shores of Nisqually

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Since 1974, the Nisqually river delta has been set...

Madison Elementary lion puppet, photo by Laura Killian

The Pride of Madison Elementary

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS According to the Daily Mail, there were over 200,000...


If you’re looking for coverage of the Fall 2016 Arts Walk, here are all the details:

small-artswalkOLY ARTS was very happy to be the print media sponsor for Olympia’s Fall Arts Walk 2016. We look forward to future partnership with the City of Olympia Arts Walk team!