Arts Walk 2017

OLY ARTS is very happy to be the print-media sponsor for Olympia’s Fall Arts Walk 2017.  In 2017, Fall Arts Walk and Procession takes place on these days:

  • Arts Walk – Friday Oct 6 (5 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
  • Arts Walk – Saturday Oct 7 (noon – 5 p.m.)
  • Jazz Walk – Saturday Oct 7 (6 p.m. – 12 a.m.)

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 Fall Arts Walk: 

Arts Walk Features

The REDS

Fiddle Fest Keeps It Traditional

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Within the citywide celebration that is Arts Walk,...

"Go-Stay," painting by Susan Christian

Susan Christian at Stable Studios

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Stable Studios is tucked away in an easy-to-overlook...

Tom Rieger, left, and Amos Callender, right. Photo courtesy Thomas Architecture Studios.

Sand Carving at Thomas Architecture Studios

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS For the two days of Arts Walk and approximately a week...

Mariella Luz

Mariella Luz at Fall Arts Walk 2017

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS In any community you’ll find people like Mariella...

"Fly Away," painting by Lonnie L. Spikes Jr.

OLY ARTS Cover Artist Lonnie Spikes

by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS Lonnie L. Spikes Jr. is the artist whose piece “Fly Away”...

"Street Love," mixed media by Evan Clayton Horback

Mixed Media From Evan Clayton Horback

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Evan Clayton Horback is the cover artist for this year’s...

Olympia Waldorf School

Olympia Waldorf School Concert

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Olympia’s Fall Arts Walk is chock-full of...

Sock Monkeys for Social Justice

Sock Monkeys for Social Justice at Arts Walk

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS A barrel of sock monkeys will take the POWER center by...

"Fly Away," painting by Lonnie L. Spikes Jr.

Cover Artist Lonnie Spikes

by Ned Hayes for OLY ARTS Lonnie L. Spikes Jr. is the artist whose piece “Fly Away”...

Madison Lion, photo by Xandrabeast

Madison Elementary School Adopts a Lion

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Although this year’s Procession of the Species has...

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,...


Spring Arts Walk 2017

If you’re looking for coverage of the Spring 2017 Arts Walk, here are all the details:

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

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