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Dear MVCAC Community,
The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council stands with the BlackLivesMatter movement and all who are calling for immediate, collective action to end the systemic racism and inequity entrenched in our communities.
MVCAC is dedicated to lifting every voice. We strive for inclusivity in order to serve all members of our community and as such do not condone violence or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, physical/mental/emotional ability, religion, ethnicity, or race.
We believe art has the power to connect us more deeply to people unlike ourselves and create a new respect, recognition, and appreciation of what makes each person uniquely extraordinary and alike at the same time. MVCAC provides a safe, respectful and welcoming space and numerous events in our community for the expression of diverse voices.
We see the Arts as one of many pillars of safety, inclusion, diversity and democracy for our community.As an organization that believes in the power of the Arts to shine a bright light on the terrible truths of our behavior – individually and collectively – we recognize we have work to do.
MVCAC is dedicated to continually breaking down systemic inequity. However, this task is too monumental for us to take on alone. We are all responsible. Systemic racism undermines our society and putting an end to it will require all citizens to work together — with the active support of dedicated community and government leaders.
Every community. Every person. We must all step forward and actively foster new social structures built on inclusion, justice and mutual respect.
Yours in unity,
The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council Board of Directors
“The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation”. ~ Auguste Rodin
The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of the Arts in our community and schools and to being a source of inspiration and education to enhance the quality of life for everyone.The Arts Council’s immediate goal is to cultivate stronger partnerships with our schools, businesses and greater community, specific to our youth and citizens in the areas of visual and performing arts.
This is a great time to be an artist or an art lover! Maple Valley is flourishing and our group has shaped community awareness of the Arts in such a way that Auguste Rodin would be proud. Join us and share your talents and enthusiasm for the Arts. Membership is easy, and is only $25. Your annual membership will allow us to fund our FREE community events and affordable programs, like Maple Valley Idol, Jr., Theater for All, and the Annual Maple Valley Days Arts Fest.
Donations and corporate sponsorships also help our events calendar grow! We will also be happy to display your promotional materials at our office and events, as well as linking your website with ours.
Please consider a monthly donation to our arts council to support operating expenses and programs. A monthly donation of $10 or more per month will entitle you to an annual membership and 1/2 price tickets to our plays during the year. Your support of the Arts is appreciated and important. Thank you!
Maple Valley Creative Arts Council is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. EIN 91-1980307. All donations are tax exempt to the full extent of the law. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO GO TO THE 2020 VIRTUAL ARTS FEST WEB PAGE
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2020 VIRTUAL ARTS FEST WEB PAGE
Now in its 22nd year, the Maple Valley Arts Festival is an annual community art and performance festival that features local artists and performers. Our festival typically unfolds over the course of one weekend at the Lake Wilderness Lodge, but this year, due to current events, our plan is to work with our artists and community partners to reimagine Arts Fest as a virtual experience online.
Maple Valley Arts Festival serves to further the Arts in our community. That’s what we do and who we are. COVID-19 has not changed this mission for us. We still intend to put the creative best of our community in front of our audiences. Our whole team is working on exactly how to do this right now. Our Juried, Salon, and Children & Youth Art competitions will continue, our selections will continue, MVCAC will continue.
For starters, we’re moving our art competitions and performances online. Secondly, we are exploring new ways in which we can engage our community. Think public access TV meets house party meets live performance! We’re busy working out the details.
In the meantime, here are the entry forms – Juried and Kids Art Shows. BOTH ARE FREE TO ENTER!
DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 6/10
2020 Arts Fest Children/Youth Art Entry Form
CLICK HERE FOR PROSPECTUS & INFO
MVCAC membership is encouraged, but not required. Digital entries are due to [email protected] by end of business day Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Click the buttons above for the entry forms and for more detailed information.
Feel free to spread the word to other creatives! We see this as a glorious experiment of what it means to gather together, and celebrate art in our community, online. We hope to see you there.
Stay healthy and stay inspired!
Get read to plan a GREAT watch party for SATURDAY May 9th @ 7PM!
The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council is thrilled to present this FREE online Eli Cook performance – LIVE from the east coast!
Here on our Facebook page or Eli’s professional page:
With fresh arrangements of classics by Skip James, John Hurt, Elmore James and Jimi Hendrix, as well as his own critically-acclaimed works, Eli opens the door for you to enter a dimension of blues guitar-playing never before seen in the musical world.
Tips for Eli are greatly encouraged –
As for the Brews, head over to Imbibe as early as 4:30 PM for a special $2 discount on growler fills. Then head home to enjoy this FREE performance! BTW, the growler discount at Imbibe is also good until 11:00 PM after the concert.
Click on the image above to view Summer’s audition video.
Hi there! I am Summer Bella Woods, 14years old. I live here in Maple Valley, WA. I am a Freshman at Tahoma High School. I have loved signing and performing for as long as I can remember. I’ve really enjoyed learning to play the piano, and just started wright my own songs. Creating music for others to enjoy is becoming such a wonderful lifelong journey. I want to thank my Mom and Dad for their unconditional support and my teacher Dr. Jessi Jumper for her guidance and always helping me create beautiful music. Thank you all – Love Summer Woods
2020 SECOND PLACE WINNER
Click on the image above to view Lauren’s audition video.
Lauren Mallery is 15 years old and a sophomore at Tahoma High School! Growing up she has always had a love for music! In the midst of a back injury, which took her out of soccer and basketball, she pursued her passion for music. She started taking voice lessons at Voice in the Valley and began her journey of teaching herself how to play guitar. Lauren loves spending her time hanging out with her family, going on coffee dates with her friends, hiking with her dogs, baking, listening to worship music, participating in youth group, and playing soccer! She is very grateful to have another year in Maple Valley Idol Junior! Lauren hopes you enjoy her song!
2020 THIRD PLACE WINNER
Click on the image above to view Meredith’s audition video.
Meredith Baker is a 10-year old who enjoys singing, dancing and all aspects of performing. Currently Meredith is a member of the Dance Expressions dance team, Expressline, and dances at multiple events in the area including Maple Valley Days and the Puyallup Fair. Last year, Meredith performed in the Tahoma High School Production of Les Miserable and joined the cast in performing on the 5th Ave stage for the 5th Ave Awards. She would love to thank her parents, grand-mom, brothers Wyatt and Benjamin, and sister Caroline for their support and love.
Congratulations to ALL!
Each of you displayed such positivity, bravery, and talent! You blew us all away with your ability to embrace this online platform with ease and rose to the unusual challenge. It was so much fun to watch each of your unique performances and see all of the positive comments from your fans! We will do everything we can to ensure this year’s winners will be highlighted and afforded as many performance opportunities as we can possibly provide.
FINALIST SHOWCASE #6
Click HERE or on the image above to view Asaleigh’s audition video.
Asaleigh Tila is 10 years old and loves to perform. Music is her passion and she loves to sing, dance, and play piano and guitar. When she isn’t busy singing her heart out, she can be found on the basketball court. She would personally like to thank her Mom and Dad for chauffeuring to and from lessons and allowing an assortment of instruments throughout the house. Big hugs and thank yous to the Grandparents who never miss a performance and of course to ALL of her supportive friends and family.
Click HERE or on the image above to view Summer’s audition video.
Hi there! I am Summer Bella Woods. I am 14 years old and live here in Maple Valley. I have loved signing and performing for as long as I can remember. I’ve really enjoyed learning to play the piano, and just started wright my own songs. Creating music for others to enjoy is becoming such a wonderful lifelong journey. I want to thank my Mom and Dad for their unconditional support. Thank you all!
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Arts in Our Community
Click HERE or on the image above to view Kaiya’s latest performance.
Kaiya is very excited and honored to be returning to Maple Valley Idol Junior as the 2019 winner! Kaiya is 13 years old and in 7th grade at Summit Trail Middle School. Her favorite subjects are Language Arts and choir. She loves to write, play and produce inspirational songs. When she is not singing she is hanging out with friends and family. Kaiya would like to thank her family and friends for their unending support and love! She wishes all of the talented contestants the best of luck!
FINALIST SHOWCASE #5
Click HERE or on the image above to view Nicole’s audition video.
Nicole Pfeiffer is extremely excited to be preforming again this year for Maple Valley Idol Jr.! In addition to singing, Nicole also loves to play basketball, run long distances (possibly being in cross country when she’s older), and play some songs on her ukulele. Nicole is thrilled that she is preforming, but she also would like to thank her mom and dad, and 2 sisters who have been her key supporters. Whether she’s playing a basketball game, or singing her heart out, her family always supports her no matter what.
Click HERE or on the image above to view Kassarah’s audition video.
Kassarah Pollert, 14, has been singing and dancing since she was three years old and became very familiar with the stage doing pageants starting at age two. Kassarah has performed in the Rainier Youth Choir, Evita (children’s ensemble), Missoula Children’s Theater, Miracle on 34th Street (Janet Mara, Ensemble). She also had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform for Camp Broadway in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Kassarah also played the role of a baby monkey in the Tahoma High School Award winning performance of Tarzan the Musical in 2018. She would like to thank everyone involved for all the love and support!
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Arts in Our Community
FINALIST SHOWCASE #4
Click HERE or on the image above to view Ellie’s audition video.
Ellie (Ella) Karwoski is a 5th grader at Tahoma Elementary School. She enjoys singing and acting and spending time with her friends, family and her Springer Spaniel Charlie. This is her 2nd year participating in the Maple Valley Idol Junior competition and her favorite part is the experience!!!
Click HERE or on the image above to view Lucy’s audition video.
Lucy Organ has been in several Missoula Children’s Theater productions including Treasure Island, King Arthur’s Quest, and The Tortoise in the Hare. She is also in the honor choir at her school, which has given her the opportunity to sing at sporting events and local choir concerts. In addition to singing and acting, Lucy loves playing games with her family, learning about horses, drawing and crafts, and spending time with her friends. Lucy is appreciative of her family and her best friend Taya who are always there to cheer her on.
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Arts in Our Community
FINALIST SHOWCASE #3
Click HERE or on the image above to view Jasper’s audition video.
Jasper Calvin, 10, is excited to be in this year’s Top 12 for the Maple Valley Idol Jr. competition. A 5th grader, Jasper takes voice lessons, piano lessons, and has participated in choir and several Missoula Children’s Theatre productions at school. When he was 7, Jasper took jazz and hip-hop classes at Dance Expressions. In addition to music and performing, Jasper enjoys Minecraft, graphic novels, drawing, volleyball, badminton, the outdoors, and playing with his family’s red standard poodles – Chloe and Theo. He’d like to thank his family and all of his classmates for their support and encouragement!
Click HERE or on the image above to view Jackson’s audition video.
Jackson Curtis is so excited to be returning to the Maple Valley Idol Jr. Finals for the second time! Jackson is 12 years old and also loves acting; he most recently appeared as the Scout Leader in his church’s production of The Treehouse Kids. He is very excited to have been selected to participate in the Vocal Star program in Hollywood this summer. Jackson is grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait for next year’s Idol Jr., when we can all be together again.
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Arts in Our Community
FINALIST SHOWCASE #2
Click HERE or on the image above to view Preston’s audition video.
Preston Armitage, 11, is excited to be participating in his second Maple Valley Idol Junior Finals. He has participated in the Missoula Children’s Theater program at his school the past 3 years. He enjoys singing and can be heard singing the latest tunes all around the house. While he is not singing, he is playing with his dog Jax. Preston would like to thank his family for their support.
Click HERE here or on the image above to view Meredith’s audition video.
Meredith Baker is a 10-year old who enjoys singing, dancing and all aspects of performing. Currently Meredith is a member of the Dance Expressions dance team, Expressline, and dances at multiple events in the area including Maple Valley Days and the Puyallup Fair. She would love to thank her parents, grand-mom, brothers Wyatt and Benjamin, and sister Caroline for their support and love.
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Arts in Our Community
FINALIST SHOWCASE #1
Click HERE or on the image above to view Lauren’s audition video.
Lauren Mallery is 15 years old and a sophomore at Tahoma High School. She has always had a love for music. While recovering from a back injury, she pursued her passion for music; she started taking voice lessons and began her journey of teaching herself how to play the guitar. She is very grateful to have another year in Maple Valley Idol Junior and hopes you enjoy her song.
Click HERE or on the image above to view Anna’s audition video.
This year is Anna’s third appearance
in the Maple Valley Idol Jr. competition. In addition to singing, Anna has performed in Tahoma Jr. drama productions. Offstage, Anna loves hanging out with her family, especially her sister, Shelby. She loves to read, ride her bike, watch movies and musicals, hiking, swimming and traveling. Anna would like to thank her family for their support.
Online GOLDEN Lecture/Demo: Mixed Media
THIS FREE WORKSHOP IS FULL
See details below to be placed on a waiting list
An online event for all levels and backgrounds; from painters, collage, mixed media, fiber to sculptural artists……ideas for all! This presentation covers a wide variety of techniques for use in a wide range of media. Learn about GOLDEN Acrylic Paints, Mediums, Gels, Pastes and Grounds. Gain an understanding of each product and their different attributes. Learn what to put under paint, and how to create washes, stains, and collage. We also cover the use of stencils, paint markers, pastels, and pencils, as well as the creation of encaustic-like effects.
Instructor will demonstrate hands-on techniques using these products.
Online details & links will be sent to you via email prior to the event.
Maple Valley Creative Arts Council (Hosting)
APR 18, 1-3
Contact for registration: [email protected] to be placed on the waiting list.
Click HERE or on the image above for more information and to purchase your tickets today!
PAINT BY TUNNELS
FREE COMMUNITY MURAL EVENT
Saturday, September 14, 2019
10am to 3pm
@ the tunnel under Witte Rd and MVBD Hwy on the Cedar to Green Rivers Trail
Walk the trail and make your mark!
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PAINT BY TUNNELS.
Please note: Parking at MVCAC is limited. Additional parking and access points to the trail are near Crown Donut/Imbibe/STEAMboat Studio, on the NE corner of Witte and MVBD Hwy, across from the Library near the Community Center, and on 224th Pl SE (near Cherry Creek Mortgage and CAF Outdoor Cleaning).
Volunteer for the 9/14 Community Event!
For more information about this project, visit PaintByTunnels.com.
BUY A T-SHIRT IN SUPPORT OF PAINT BY TUNNELS!
Click on the image below to purchase PBT Cutie apparel. All proceeds benefit MVCAC and Paint By Tunnels.
Vocal Performance Kids Camp*
August 5th-9th, 2019
Maple Valley Creative Arts Center is proud to partner with Voice in the Valley Music Studio to offer this fun-filled, weeklong camp specifically designed for developing female vocalists (ages 11-18), emphasizing the importance of solid vocal technique to enhance song performance. Participants will explore multiple songs (solos/duets/ensembles) from a variety of genres including Musical Theatre, Classical, Folk, Jazz, and Pop, being coached by Dr. Jessi Jumper and our special vocal coach, Jessie Siren! Specific focus is on the importance of proper singing techniques, including posture, breath, phonation, and resonation, as well as the importance of connecting with your audience through dramatic action on stage.
This special camp also focuses on uplifting and empowering young girls in our community in a safe and inclusive environment. In addition to learning music that has positive, powerful messages, campers also explore relative social issues such as self esteem development, peer pressure, body issues, bullying, and more. Our goal is to give these talented young women the tools to leave feeling confident as a performer and as a person, secure in who they are, and beautiful from the inside out.
The workshop is held daily from 9am-2pm Monday-Thursday. Friday’s dress rehearsal will be held from 4pm-6pm. The Final Performance Showcase will be held at 6pm, open to the public.
*Space is limited for both camps, early registration is encouraged!
Early Bird Special $225
$250 after May 1st
Click HERE for more information or to register!
Musical Theatre/Broadway Kids Camp – 7/8/2019
Maple Valley Creative Arts Center is proud to partner with Voice in the Valley Music Studio to offer this fun-filled, weeklong camp specifically designed for developing vocalists and actors (ages 8-18), emphasizing the application of acting techniques to song performance. Participants will explore and perform multiple songs (solos/duets/ensembles) from a variety of Broadway musicals and Disney favorites. Lead by Dr. Jessica Jumper, the camp focuses on stage presence, movement, and advancing dramatic action through the song. Participants will also be introduced to the fundamental principles of singing, projection, and breathing. All materials provided. The workshop is held daily from 9am-2pm Monday-Thursday. Friday’s dress rehearsal will be held from 4pm-6pm. The Final Performance Showcase will be held at 6pm, open to the public.
ARTIST RECEPTION & GALA FRIDAY 7-9PM
LIVE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Saturday, June 8th
12-12:30: MV Idol Jr. Winners
12:30-1pm: Page to Stage Performers
1pm: Little Eddie Productions
2pm: Thirak Dance Academy (Bollywood Dance)
3pm: Duo Pacifica – Erick Spradling and Bob Antone
4pm: Andrew, guitar and Austin Beers, violin
5pm: MV Big Band
7-9pm – Open Mic
Sunday, June 9th
1pm: Jessie and Matt Siren
2pm: Natalie Mayhew and Michael Murphy
3pm: Maple Valley Desi Indians
4pm: Sealth (Dace and Arielle)
ARTIST DEMO SCHEDULE:
Saturday, June 8th
2pm: Adam Jones, palette knife painting
3pm: Emily Mallory, origami, quilling & more!
Sunday, June 9th
1pm: Courtney Crawford, teen crochet queen
ALL WEEKEND LONG:
Juried Art Show
Salon Art Show
Kids Art Show
Kids Activity – Rock Painting!
Join us from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, May 17th at the Tahoma Elementary School Auditorium to find out who Judges will select as this year’s top winners!
“Audience Choice Winner” Ballots are a $5 suggested donation. One ballot per person only.
Maple Valley Idol, Jr. is a FREE community event produced by the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and help us to continue producing creative programs, like MV Idol, Jr.
Click HERE to support MVCAC and Maple Valley Idol, Jr. today!
FINAL WEEKEND OF PERFORMANCES!
FRIDAY MARCH 15TH @ 8:00PM
SATURDAY MARCH 16TH @ 8:00PM
SUNDAY MARCH 17TH @ 2:00PM
AVAILABLE AT DOOR OR:
TAILS OF THE ABSURD
CALL FOR ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS!
It’s time to register for our 2018 Arts Fest. Please see our prospectus for all the information you need.
If you are interested in performing, please email us at [email protected]
We are honored to welcome Barbara Benedetti Newton as our juror for the juried art show. To learn about Barbara, please visit her website, https://barbaranewton.
Click here to read her bio.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 PM
@ Maple Valley Creative Arts Center
Join local artist Brenda Chrystie as she presents new paintings and shares about the art historical and mythological references within her figurative work.
Light refreshments will be served.
Brenda is a MVCAC Member, an Alternate on the City of Maple Valley Public Arts Commission, and Artist/Business Manager and instructor at STEAMboat Studio. For more information about Ms. Chrystie and her work visit www.BrendaChrystie.com..
Now showing through the month of December 2017:
Work by local Artist and Instructor Brenda Chrystie
For more information about Brenda, her work, and art classes at STEAMboat Studio, visit www.BrendaChrystie.com.
Tales to Tell Troupe are 8-12year olds performing a hilarious Film Noir Spoof. The crime? Someone has stolen the Queen of Hearts Tarts! Was it the Old Woman who lived in the shoe? Or was it the jealous Muffin Man? Come bring the children and laugh you way through this fun “Who Dun’it.” Advance priced tickets email [email protected]
We are proud to present our first Shakespeare! The Paradox Players in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in steampunk style. If you never thought you would like Shakespeare come and laugh with us as we discover how Rosalind’s is the master matchmaker!! We like to refer to this production as “No fear Shakespeare!” email: [email protected] for advance priced tickets!
Silver Shadows is a new Young Peoples play written and directed by Ed Corrigan, a Maple Valley playwright. In this drama our young hero, Willy, is searching for meaning in his life and searching for his lost cat, Omega. Willy follows Omega into a mystical, misty Birch Tree Forest which, according to local legend, no one ever returns. Willy begins his personal Odyssey with hope in his heart but without direction in life. What will he discover about the world and himself? Please come to our play for answers, personal discovery and
Click Links Below to Purchase Tickets
SILVER SHADOWS – 9/14/2017
SILVER SHADOWS – 9/15/2017
SILVER SHADOWS – 9/16/2017
SILVER SHADOWS – 9/17/2017
Youth Theatre Camp!
Youth Theater Camp – 8/14/2017
From Page to Stage Production is offering a weeklong summer theater intensive for students at any stage of acting ability. Ages 10-18+. We will be working with a script with the end goal of a complete theater production performed for the public on Friday, August 14 th at 7pm. We will be exploring theater terms and disciplines, character development, proper voice projection, and scene blocking. Workshop August 10th -14th, Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm, Lunch break 12-12:30pm (lunch not provided). Evening practice time required, as the final performance is off script! Dress rehearsal Fri 4-6:30pm. Final Performance Showcase 7pm!
~ Open to the public ~ Space is limited, early registration is encouraged!
Art Gallery Opening Night at the Creative Arts Center
Featuring art of Nancy Ziegler
The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council invites everyone to the opening night artist’s reception for Nancy Ziegler, Saturday, July 8th 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. The reception is free, family friendly, and open to all! Light refreshments will be served including wine and cheese. There will be live music performed by classical guitarist Andrew Beers. He will perform works of York, Villalobos, JS Bach, Tarrega, Barrios, Johansen, Brower, Giuliani, Paganini and more. Come and be part of this celebration!
2017 ARTS FEST Juried Art Show form. Prospectus
CLICK HERE AND MEET OUR JURIST!
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A Walk in the Wild
featuring photography of
MV Creative Arts Center
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Join Leave a Trail Photography for an adventurous evening taking a walk in the wild.
Immerse yourself in locations around the world, surrounded by close encounters with
wildlife and scenic landscapes to uplift your spirits.
This is a family focused event. Kid activities and treats will be provided to keep your little ones
entertained and educated about the nature around them. Wine will be provided for the parents to
unwind and enjoy the art.
Come with intrigue and leave with inspiration to get outdoors and create your own epic memories.
RSVP by 5/20/17 via FaceBook Click here (bit.ly/2qngOq2) and receive a free gift upon arrival.
Free Event! So why not spoil yourself and release your wild side. Leave a Trail Photography’s event
is hosted by Maple Valley Creative Arts Council and designed by A Dash of Adorable.
You are invited to opening night for artist
Sunday April 30th, 2017, 6:30-9pm
The Reception titled “For the Love of Flowers”
Family friendly and open to all! Light refreshments will be served.
Live music performed by a classical guitarist Andrew Beers.
Be part of this FREE celebration!
Pocket Park Maple Valley 2.0
We’ve raised $35,000 for our Pocket Park!
On-going 4Corners ArtWalk
Stay tuned for information on the next event!
Eagle River Interiors
ArtWalk is a free, family event – all are welcome!
ArtWalk Venues are:
Vintage Vino and Espresso, Nutty Squirrel Gelato, Eagle River Interiors,
Bellissimo Lashes and Nails, and Choc Élan
All artwork is for sale and will be on view for roughly two months.
If you are an artist and are interested in exhibiting at one of the upcoming ArtWalks,
contact our 4Corners visual art volunteer, Jennifer Haley via email. -Thank you!
Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra