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Art + Experience: Bellwether 2018

September 13, 2018 - by Paige Anderson

Category What's Happening

The new Bellwether is a re-imagined Downtown Bellevue arts festival featuring more than 50 artists over a ten-day period. Free and open to the public, Bellwether kicks off with an Opening Party tomorrow September 14th at Bellevue Art Museum 6-9pm featuring food, drinks, music, a photo booth and of course, art and opportunities to create it.

LAUREN MAX – photo series of Northwest landscapes
MONYEE CHAU & ALEX BRITT – photo series redefining image and ideology of celebrating a holiday as a queer Asian American woman

Friday also kicks off a daily Action Painting and performance by Margie Livingston in Downtown Park in which she will drag a canvas around the perimeter once on the first day of the festival, twice on the second, and so on. What will Downtown Bellevue Park look like on canvas?

Mandy Greer’s A Great Unbridgeable Distance daily guided meditation series will begin in the park’s gardens on Friday as well, creating a space to consider some of the dichotomies of life; loss and regret, resiliency and wonder. Each evening’s topic listed online.

TRIMPIN – hearwesit, an interactive sound sculpture; take a seat and it will play.

Moving into the weekend, Saturday Bellwether will feature Performances in the Plaza; music, art and video in Compass Plaza (by Homegrown) from 5-9pm, and a space-limited opportunity to see Guillermo Gómez-Peña in his latest solo work The Most (un) Documented Mexican Artist at BAM, 8pm. The piece considers the immediate future of the Americas, invoking performance art as a form of radical democracy and citizenship. 

Sunday, September 16th holds a unique opportunity to work directly with La Pocha Nostra in a rigorous and challenging 4-hour artist workshop. Interested parties should be sure to RSVP as space is very limited for this internationally recognized artistic and anthropological experiment.

Right: JACK DAWS, Series of roadsigns in Downtown Park. Left  IOLE ALESSANDRINI & ED MANNERY, Installation of Underwater, an LED cityscape

Art, performances and events will continue throughout next week and into next weekend. Don’t miss your chance to see, hear and participate; schedule available here.