Mercer Island Recreation Guide

Fall 2017 / Winter 2018

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Guide

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ARTS COUNCIL The mission of the Mercer Island Arts Council is to nurture, promote, and implement high quality arts and cultural activities for the enrichment of the community of Mercer Island. The Mercer Island Arts Council was established in 1985. They meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. The public is encouraged to attend! Arts Council Programs • Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpure Park • Mostly Music in the Park • Shakespeare in the Park • Indoor Art Gallery • Meet the Author • Public Art Additions • Classics on Film Visit for information on the Arts Council and upcoming programs. On this site you will find more details on all of the Arts Council events listed in this Recreation Guide. Indoor Art Gallery The Mercer Gallery displays beautiful paintings and art work of regional visual artists at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center located at 8236 SE 24th Street on Mercer Island. The Indoor Gallery is open to the public free of charge and the exhibits are updated approximately every six weeks. The art work is for sale with a percentage of the sales going to support arts and cultural programming of the Mercer Island Arts Council. Upcoming Exhibits Colored Pencil Society Dates: Sep 11 - Oct 27 Artists' Reception: Thr, Sep 14, 6:30pm - 8pm MIVAL Holiday Show Dates: Oct 30 - Dec 22 Artists' Reception: Thr, Nov 2, 6:30pm - 8pm January Show - TBD Dates: Jan 8 - Feb 23 Artists' Reception: Thr, Jan 11, 6:30pm - 8pm Viva Cuba! Dates: Feb 26 - Apr 13 Artists' Reception: Thr, Mar 1, 6:30pm - 8pm Northwest Watercolor Society Dates: Apr 16 - Jun 1 Artists' Reception: Thr, Apr 26, 6:30pm - 8pm Reception dates subject to change. Call (206) 275-7609 to confirm. Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery The Greta Hackett Sculpture Gallery is located between 77th Ave SE and 80th Ave SE at Aubrey Davis Park. Many of the sculptures are available for sale. For more information on purchasing a sculpture or to have your sculpture added to the gallery, contact the Parks and Recreation office at (206) 275-7609. Greta Hackett Twenty-three year Mercer Island resident, volunteer, and activist, Greta Hackett, believed passionately in community. She was fiercely dedicated to forging positive connections throughout the Island and devoted herself to civic involvement. She was a lover of the Arts and believed they not only enhance individuals but also deepen community bonds. She herself was an accomplished cellist and painter, a lover of the outdoors, and was a Master Gardener. Inspired by her love of art and nature, and visits to sculpture gardens abroad, Greta conceived the idea for an outdoor sculpture park on Mercer Island. Greta worked tirelessly to realize this vision, driven by the belief that it would not only enhance the esthetic of the Town Center and bring more art to the public, but would also enrich the Island's sense of community. Her efforts resulted in the opening of the Gallery in 1995 – a first of its kind in Washington State. The Gallery was named in Greta's honor, in 2017, on the 20th anniversary of her passing. (206) 275-7609 7 Creating visual art improves well-being by decreasing anxiety and negative emotions and increasing positive emotions.

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