"A Tender Moment" (watercolor), by Robyn Chance

Fall 2016 Arts Walk Guide

small-artswalkOlympia’s fall Arts Walk 2016 takes place on these days:

  • Friday, October 7 (5-10 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 8 (noon – 5 p.m.)

Think of Arts Walk as a weekend-long street party, with live music, theatrical performances and the conversion of downtown Olympia into one big gallery. It’s a showcase for the best of local arts and culture, a highlight of Thurston County’s cultural calendar. Take your time and enjoy every last stop on the tour, punctuated by nibbles and drinks from Oly’s best eateries. We bet you’ll find art that’ll make you doubly glad you’re a resident of one of the Pacific Northwest’s cultural capitals.

The twice-annual Arts Walk celebration has grown to include hundreds of participating artists and up to 30,000 attendees enjoying visual and performing arts in the streets of Olympia.

Full-color Arts Walk maps with listings of venues and artists are available now at participating locations including The Olympia Center in downtown Olympia.

The history of Arts Walk in Olympia began in 1990. The first event was organized by Jeanne Allan in conjunction with the Olympia Film Festival. After a starting lineup of 21 businesses and other venues, the Arts Commission began managing Arts Walk in 1991. Fall Arts Walk has been a two-day event since 2011.

Here are OLY ARTS Arts Walk picks for Fall 2016: 

Arts Walk Features

An Artistic Revue: Procession of the Species 2019

By NED HAYES Photography by Shanna Paxton Photography Procession of the Species is...

Healing Art by Kimberly Saltiel

By Alec Clayton Local artist Kimberly Saltiel believes art has the power to heal, and she...

Ben Moore’s Space Set to Transform into ‘Percival Place’

By Billy Thomas South Puget Sound Community College announced that it has partnered with...

Flowers and Other Works by Scott Waeschle

By Alec Clayton  Painter and teacher Scott Waeschle has shown his figure paintings...

New Direction for Tom Anderson to Be Seen at Arts Walk

By Alec Clayton  Tom Anderson is practically an art institution in Olympia. His...

A Trio of Artists Enlivens the Former Salon Refu

By Alec Clayton The gallery space once known as Salon Refu is now Lucy Gentry’s studio....

Bob Coble and Debra van Tuinen Show Complementary Painting and Sculpture

By Alec Clayton Once again, Bob Cable and Debra van Tuinen grace the space...

Carved Wood and Ceramics at Childhood’s End Gallery

By Alec Clayton As long as there has been Arts Walk in Olympia, Childhood’s End Gallery...

Pop-Up Art Coming to Olympia Storefronts

What’s the best way to address empty storefront space in downtown Olympia? Fill it with...

The Creative Thinking Behind Washington’s New Certified Creative Districts

By Christian Carvajal We all know the state of Washington is proud of its creativity....

Arts Walk Highlights

By Alec Clayton Barlow Palminteri, featured artist for Arts Walk at Art House Design, is...

Angel Nava Brings a New Perspective to Fall Arts Walk

By Karen Lunde Olympia brings artists and thousands of art lovers together each spring...

Procession of the Species 2018 — Photo Essay

OLY ARTS is excited to partner again with Shanna Paxton Photography for the complete...

Luminary Procession 2018 – Photo Essay

OLY ARTS is excited to partner again with Shanna Paxton for complete photographic...




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