The golden hills of the Yakima Valley have been inspiring artists for generations, and the artists who live here have worked hard to show off the beauty of their beloved Valley. The Yakima Valley’s vibrant artist community can be experienced in many different ways all across the Valley, from the locally owned art galleries, to the immersive art shows, to the variety of pop-up art events. Whether you’re a renowned art expert or just like to casually observe local art on the walls, we’ve got all the details on the Yakima Valley art scene.
Gilbert Cellars: The Cellar Gallery showcases their POP-Up Art shows throughout the year that feature rotating local art exhibits by the Larson Gallery. The opening night reception with a discussion by the artist is on May 19th at 7:00 pm.
Kana Winery: The Art of Bill Brennan is on display and for sale at this downtown winery.
Essencia Artisan Bakery: Donato Art Collectors present the French artist’s original lithographs on consignment from Paris. Also on display are etchings by Dominique Vallet and Bernard Galland.
Yakima Maker Space Gallery: Currently featuring an exhibition showcasing the interconnection between art and technology. The opening night gala for their next exhibition is May 6th from 5:30 – 9:00 pm.
Windows Alive! The Yakima Arts Commission harnesses the creativity of Central Washington artists to invigorate the windows of downtown storefronts. The current artists are on display until September 6, 2016.
Larson Gallery: Fabric! Fashion! Fun! April 24th from Noon – 2:00 pm in the Larson Gallery. Join us for lunch, mimosas, and a fashion show! $45.
Oak Hollow Gallery: Currently showing photography by Duane Reed. These images showcase Duane’s eyes' ability to capture "Light and Shape". Through May 7th.
Yakima Valley Museum: Double Feature Exhibit: “Phantom through the Summer Transmissions” by Andy Behrle and “Yakima Memory,” Lost Moments from our Valley's Past. Both exhibits run through the summer of 2016.
Yakima Light Project Gallery at Yakima Valley Museum: Charles A. Smith – Last Works. Charles was an artistic powerhouse in the Yakima Valley, who enjoyed a lengthy career as a working artist spanning from 1955 until February 2016. The exhibit runs through June 30.
Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center: Showing ceramic landscapes & wall sculptures of Steve Portteus, whose art studio, Kilnhouse Sculpture, is located on Fox Island here in Washington.
Anytime you dine at Gasperettis Restaurant or visit the GSpot Bar, and you will be surrounded by local artists work.
OUTSIDE OF YAKIMA
KL Brewer Gallery & Salon – Selah: Take in a rotating artist lineup while you get your hair cut.
Virginia S. Hislop Gallery – Toppenish: Located in Petrie Hall at Heritage University’s main campus in Toppenish.
Toppenish Chamber of Commerce & Mural Society – Toppenish: Art gallery of paintings submitted by the artists and chosen to be reproduced as a mural in downtown Toppenish. Postcards of murals for sale.
Toppenish Chamber of Commerce & Mural Society – Toppenish: Over 75 Western themed murals on the sides of the buildings in downtown Toppenish. Printed maps to the murals are available in the Yakima Valley Travel Guide.
Portteus Winery – Zillah: Both of their locations feature the ceramic landscapes and wall sculptures of Steve Portteus, whose art studio, Kilnhouse Sculpture, is located on Fox Island here in Washington.
Whitefoot Studio – Harrah: Featuring murals, art workshops, and fine art for sale. Open by appointment only, so call ahead.
LaKat Gallery – Naches: LaKat Gallery is a photo and crafts gallery featuring the many skills of their talented staff.
Branches & Vines – Prosser: Offers a country blend of art, furniture, gifts and more.
Barrel Springs Winery – Prosser: Their art gallery features nationally and internationally acclaimed sculptor Jim Brousseau. Crafts include one-of-a kind birdhouses.
Maryhill Museum - Goldendale. Currently showing First Impressions: Nixya’awii Student Art, Through June 16. The Big Painting Show takes over from March 15 - July 4, featuring approximately two dozen works that are seldom shown because of their unusual size.
BE THE ARTIST!
Here is your chance to bring home a piece of art that YOU have created! Local wineries, restaurants and one of our hotels have offered a chance to make your own art following directions of an artist. Check with any of these locations for the next class: Antolin Cellars, Kana Winery, Naches Heights Vineyard, Treveri Cellars, Kestrel Winery, End Zone Bar & Grill, Yakima Valley Hotel & Convention Center or check the calendars from Paint Nite and Corks and Canvas, which provide the instruction.
UPCOMING ART SHOWS
17th Annual Tour of Artists' Homes & Studios: May 21st from 10am–4pm. See the works and surroundings of outstanding artists and art collectors in our valley. Purchase tickets at Larson Gallery, Oak Hollow or Yakima Bindery. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour at each home or studio.
Toppenish Mural in a Day: Come watch the paint dry! Saturday, June 4th at Pioneer Park, watch with wonder as the Toppenish Mural Society creates a new downtown mural in just one day. And don’t forget to check out all of the craft and gift vendors!
Annual Fine Art Fair: Chalet Place Mall July 11th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, featuring tons of art, live music, crafts and more!
Art in the Orchards: Happening in late summer at Johnson Orchards. Art from local artists, yummy goodies and live music in the middle of the orchard. Proceeds benefit Children’s Village.
10X10X10 Tieton Gallery Exhibitions - Mighty Tieton Warehouse: August 13th - October 9th. This unique exhibition features works no larger than 10 in x 10 in x 10 in.