(Disclaimer: This installation contains some mild to moderate profanity and material which parents may find unsuitable for young children.)
impAct artist collective began with no carefully crafted mission statement, just one BIG question: How do we, both as individual artists and as a collective, make an impact?
This installation presents a year of research, from our founding in summer 2016 to the present day. We don’t claim to have all the answers, we work from a place of “not knowing”, of inquiry, of mindful listening and looking. The work here reflects our own individual and collective experiences, and presents ways in which we as artists, have used our creative skills to drive positive change in our own communities, whether those communities are geographical, physical, online, or digital.
Featuring artwork and writing by:
The work in this installation is diverse. As individuals, we all have unique areas of interest, knowledge and skill. As a collective, we are passionate about the role of arts in society beyond the “art for art’s sake” argument, which we believe can co-exist with social practice – it’s not either/or but rather and/with. We don’t shy away from the difficult topics of our time: mental health, intimate partner violence, climate change, police/public relations, social inequality – all are discussed in this installation, and our belief is that art can be a gateway to meaningful community discourse and action.
We would love to have a conversation with you about the impact of our work. Join us at one of the events that accompany this installation, or leave us a note on the impAct walls.
VALA Art Center
7525 166th Ave NE, Redmond, WA (in Redmond Town Center)
This exhibition explores elements of motion by featuring dynamic kinetic art sculptures that demonstrate movement through one or a combination of technologies including mechanical design, human interaction, wind or solar power.
Featured artwork utilizes various elements of motion singularly or combined. Kinetic art transcends boundaries as an art form, integrating many creative disciplines such as sculpture, engineering, science, physics, and fabrication. In addition, various methods of motion are often combined, resulting in dynamic compositions that encourage viewers’ curiosity and engagement. This cross-platform approach to the creation of kinetic art encourages innovation and problem solving that can apply to many other fields including math, science, environmental design and alternative energy.
Local and regional artists were selected by a juried panel.
Sculptures in Motion: Exploring Kinetic Art features works-of-art created by:
Generously sponsored by City of Redmond’s 2017 Arts Season Grant.
Events & Programs
Engineering and Kinetic Art Sculpture Workshop with LEGO®
Saturday, October 21
10:30am – 12:00pm
Ages: 5-11; Grades: K to 5
Location: Redmond Regional Library
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Mechanics of Motions Workshop
Saturday, October 28
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ages: 13-17; Grades 9-12
Maximum 12 students
Location: VALA Art Center in Redmond Town Center
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Mechanics of Motion – Move the Potato! Juried Student Competition
Saturday, November 11
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
An event tied to what the student sculptors create at the Oct. 28th workshop.
Additional Support Provided By
June 8 – July 30, 2017
Innovative game art by local artists and designers will be featured in this exhibition, sponsored in part by 4Culture Tech Specific grant, that provides a behind the scenes look at the creative process, with a special focus on diverse artwork, narratives and indie games. Local game designers and game artists will participate in workshops and discussions throughout the show.
Friday, June 9, 2017
6pm – 8 pm
VALA Art Center located in Redmond Town Center
Sponsored by the Calladine Family
Installation Sponsored by
VALA Eastside invites Redmond residents to the artists’ reception and other free, public events for “[R]evolution”, a multifaceted art installation featuring five local artists/activists. The five female artists– Rebecca DeVere, Latha Sambamurti, Gwen Maxwell Williams, Eva Moon, and Laura Lee Bennett–have all made strides to advocate for both art and artists.
VALA is honored and grateful to have these women in the Redmond community to guide journeys of artistic discovery for the layperson and for the expert, for the creator of art and for the receiver of art. “[R]evolution began as the Women in Art show—nine times out of ten, it is women artists who come to VALA, find their voices reinvent themselves as artists, and connect to a space that allows them to showcase their work. As the idea for the show evolved, we started to see a common thread woven into their work: They have all been advocates within the Redmond community,” says VALA Co-Founder and Executive Director Jessica Lambert.
“[R]evolution” is curated by Jessica Lambert and Tamar Alsberg with portraits of each artist created by Savvy Dani. The installation runs through January 2016.
Honoring the Revolutionaries in Art in Our Community :: Artists’ Reception
Thursday, December 10th
6pm – 8pm
FREE ($5 suggested donation)
Poets will speak, artists will walk the catwalk! Join us in celebrating 5 women artist revolutionaries that have been activating our local community from Redmond throughout the Puget Sound, with their art and art activism. Appetizers and wine to be served.
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Friday, January 15th
Art Talk & Wine Night
Join Vicki Todd in talking art and the revolutionary in all of us!
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Saturday, January 16th
Revolutionary Artist to Revolutionary Artist
Guest revolutionary artist and academic Vicki Todd, PhD, discusses her process and how we all can capture that revolutionary within!
Friday, January 22nd
Poets Laura Lee Bennett, Chi Chi Stewart, and Elizabeth Carroll Hayden will read from I Am Not Cursed, a retelling of the Demeter myth in three voices. Eva Moon will read excerpts from First You Jump – a surreal and darkly comic musical, which premiered in January 2015.
Saturday, January 23rd
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Join Revolutionary Artist/Activist Latha Sambamurti in her production of Indian dance and music – this is her second such production at VALA Art Center and Studios! Bringing culture from the other side of the world to ours, Latha’s productions are renowned throughout the state!
For more information, please visit http://www.valaeastside.org/venues/vac.