9th annual Summerfest! KAC's festival showcases arts and wine downtown

Over July 9-10, Kirkland Art Center's (KAC) Summerfest will be shaking up Kirkland's Marina Park. The annual weekend festival will be celebrating fine arts, wine and a cultural experience for people of all ages.

Summerfest 2005 presents more than 100 juried, local and national fine artists including Diane Culhane, Jamie Johnson, Dehanna Jones and Brett Varney, the Iron Potter competition, Artists in Action, live music and interactive art displays.

  • The Iron Potter competition: professional ceramic artists battle wit and skill as they create remarkable "functional" ceramic objects. The competition is based on the Iron Chef concept.
  • Artists in Action: artists pouring molten bronze tiles created by visitors while others fire crackling "raku" pots glazed by festivalgoers.
  • Original works of art: paintings, photography, jewelry, and sculpture presented in a variety of mediums such as clay, glass, metal and wood, styles, sizes and subjects ranging from traditional to contemporary/abstract, and functional to fine art.
  • Live music: soul, salsa and world music by bands and entertainers including Soul Flight, Cambalache and Maya Soleil.
  • The Summerfest wine tasting garden features wineries including Apex Cellars, Fort Walla Walla, Lowden Hills Winery, Piety Flats Winery, Reininger Winery, Sawtooth Winery, Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard, and Whitman Cellars will showcase three distinct varietals for sampling.

Winery staff and Washington state wine ambassadors will be available to discuss the selections and answer questions.

Admission to the wine tasting garden is free and open to the public. Tickets to sample wine are $10 in advance and $15 at the event and include a scrip for six tastes. Scrip can be purchased at www.kirklandartscenter.org/summerfest.htm, at KAC or at participating Kirkland restaurants and businesses.

For more information, festival hours or to volunteer for Summerfest, please visit www.kirklandartscenter.org/summerfest.html or call 822-7161.[[In-content Ad]]