2 Oct 2015

Artwork to Beautify Downtown Yakima

Artwork to Beautify Downtown Yakima

Author: David Mance  /  Categories: Arts, Campus  / 

Five art students from Heritage University are among the artists from the Yakima Valley chosen through a selective jurying process, who are contributing artwork to “Windows Alive!” an annual downtown Yakima beautification project now in its third year.

Andrea Compo, Maria Rueda, Rosie Saldana, Crystal Yanez and Kimberley Hall created acrylic paintings and ceramic sculptures for the project. Their work will be on display in storefront windows on the 300 block of East Yakima Avenue.

Gregory Pierce, chair of the Fine Arts department at Heritage University says he’s excited for the exposure the project will bring to the students and their artwork. “Not only will downtown Yakima benefit from their beautiful contributions, Windows Alive! will give the students a platform to showcase the artistic skills they’ve developed while studying art at Heritage.”

“Empty windows in unoccupied storefronts send a message that isn’t very positive,” says Cheryl Hahn of Yakima, chairperson for Windows Alive! “The idea behind ‘Windows Alive!’ is to fill those storefront windows with beautiful art and create a more engaging and vibrant environment downtown,” says Hahn.

This year's Windows Alive! project featuring the HU students will be on display beginning Friday, October 2, 2015 through January 29, 2016.

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