Thursday, October 3, 2013

Olympia Gets Ready for Arts Walk

Above: Stephanie Johnson, City of Olympia Arts and Events program manager and knitter, was spotted making her own contribution to Arts Walk today. She said it was a portion of a really old, bad sweater she started in the 80's and never finished. "You know, the kind that would have had shoulder pads - it's made of acrylic - if it's going to take 20 years to finish a sweater, it should be wool!" she laughed.

by Janine Unsoeld

Olympia is getting ready for Arts Walk this weekend! Arts Walk maps featuring nearly 100 artists and events are available at and distributed throughout downtown. Of course, plenty of guerrilla art and activities are not on the map.

A cozy yarn art installation was underway today on the Olympia -Yashiro Friendship Bridge and will cover the lamp post bases. Artists have received permission from the city to keep it in place until next Sunday.

Above and below: Gail P. of Spectral Spiders was busy today knitting together portions of donated pieces to be placed on the bridge's lamp posts. She said the group formed in August to do this project, and "all are welcome to come create on the bridge and offer pieces to be repurposed. It's all about showing your stitches, you know?"

Arts Walk is sponsored by the City of Olympia Arts Commission and the Department of Parks, Arts and Recreation, and local businesses.
Above: Hmmm...what's next? A winter cap for the dome of the Capitol Building?

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