2nd 'Windows Alive!' project kicks off next month in Yakima

CITY OF YAKIMA NEWS RELEASE -- Following a very successful first run from late September through early January, the "Windows Alive!" project that fills vacant Downtown Yakima storefronts with works by local artists will officially open its second set of displays on Saturday, February 8th.

A kickoff reception will take place that afternoon from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the first floor of the JEM Building located at 321 East Yakima Avenue. The six artists chosen to display their work will be on hand at the reception to talk about their pieces.

Last year, the Yakima Arts Commission, an advisory group appointed by the Yakima City Council, developed "Windows Alive!" to harness
the creativity of Central Washington artists to help invigorate windows of empty downtown storefronts by displaying original works of art.

Based on similar projects that have proven successful in other cities, "Windows Alive!" is part of an ongoing effort to bring new life and activity to Downtown Yakima.

Following a submission and evaluation process, six outstanding artists from the region were chosen to be part of the second "Windows Alive!" exhibition, which will run from February 8th through September 1st.

The six artists who will be featured, each of whom received a $250 stipend, are Sandi Drury, Kandice R. Jackson, Lindsey Merrell, Pat Miller, Mike Ritch, and Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield.

"The inaugural 'Windows Alive!' displays were very well received by the community," said Yakima Arts Commission Member Cheryl Hahn. "Having vacant storefront windows filled with beautiful art definitely creates a more engaging and vibrant environment downtown. The project also gives local artists a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work," said Hahn. "We're excited and proud to unveil the next set of 'Windows Alive!' works and are confident they will be embraced by Yakima."

In addition to the contributions made to the project by the Yakima Arts Commission, support has also been provided by the City of Yakima, JEM Development, Inc., Doug and Laurie Kanyer, Stems, John Gasperetti, the Capitol Theatre Committee, Action Window Cleaning, David Rogers, David Lynx, the Yakima Bindery, and John Cooper.