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CREATIVE ARTS CENTER

Location and mailing address:
23220 Maple Valley -Black Diamond Rd.SE, Suite 15
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Phone: (425) 432-0810
Email: mvcac@comcast.net

Hours By appointment, 

Open Mic first Friday of the Month.  7:00 PM

 

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

Third Thursday of the month, September-May at 6PM, at the Creative Arts Center

 



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NEW BRING-YOUR-OWN ART NIGHTS @ MVCAC!



February 27, March 27, and April 24
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Ages 21+

FREE for MVCAC members
$5 per person for non-members

Do you have a project you're currently working on or one you want to start? Or do you simply want to hang out with fellow artists and crafters? Then this is the event for you! Bring your own supplies and join us for creative fellowship at the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center. Even if you have no idea what to make, bring supplies and let the group help jump start your creativity. Additional supplies to swap and share will be more than welcome.

Light refreshments and a supportive environment will be provided.

 




The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, designated a 501©3 in 2000, is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of the arts in our community and schools as a source of inspiration and education to enhance the quality of life for everyone.  The Arts Council's immediate goal is to cultivate stronger partnerships with our schools, businesses and greater community, specific to our youth and citizens in the areas of visual and performing arts.

This is a great time to be an artist or an art lover.  Maple Valley is flourishing and our group has shaped community awareness of the Arts in such a way that Auguste Rodin would be proud!  Join us and share your talents and enthusiasm for the arts.


Membership is easy, and only $25!  Your annual membership support will allow us to fund community events.  Help our events calendar grow!  We will also be happy to display your promotional materials at our office and events, as well as linking your website with ours.

"The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation".  ~ Auguste Rodin

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ANNOUNCING OUR NEW PROJECT,
PAINT BY TUNNELS!


For The Love Of Maple Valley

PBT 2019Maple Valley is a beautiful place to live, work and play. MVCAC's new Paint By Tunnels project will make it even more! We believe that our community is full of creative people. We believe that when we all come together to make something beautiful, our collective world becomes a little bit brighter; hearts soften, smiles proliferate, laughter is more frequently heard. Art is our vehicle of choice. We believe that an annual mural festival along our beloved Cedar to Green Rivers Trail will be a highlight to be shared by everyone.

Join us!

Our vision is to build an annual community-based arts event where murals designed by artists and non-artists alike are painted in part by event goers in each of the five tunnels on the Cedar to Green Rivers Trail that runs through Maple Valley.

Picture a day when members of the community and visitors walk the trail, meet and talk with artists, pick up a numbered cup of paint and paint a section of a mural. Groups of teens stop for a selfie--or three. Local musicians are performing nearby. Food trucks, booths representing local businesses, face painters, and more performers are at the trail access points along the way.  The following year, new designs are curated, selected and created in not one, but FIVE tunnels, attracting out-of-town guests and business to our community.


Led by MVCAC member Brenda Chrystie, community members and volunteers we will create our first undertaking--a mural depicting sound waves on each side of the tunnel under Maple Valley Black Diamond Road SE just west of Witte Road. The sound waves will spell out calls-to-actions (eg., "sing") for visitors to decipher and then respond to that call-to-action within the tunnel to experience echo and amplification of sound. This tunnel and this concept speak to the incredible Arts organizations and businesses located near the Creative Arts Center.

We have already received incredible support from King County Parks & Recreation Department, The City of Maple Valley, Dace's Rock 'N More Music Academy, Maple Valley Farmers' Market, Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, STEAMboat Studio, and Voice In The Valley.

In fact, King County Parks & Recreation Department will clean the surface, paint a base coat (the color of our choosing!) and a graffiti-resistant coat, and work with Puget Sound Energy to install lights in the tunnel that will be on 24/7. That's right! The tunnel will be a much brighter, and safer space. We'll be adding the art,

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO PULL THIS OFF! Please make a donation to MVCAC today. Then challenge family members, friends, and your employer to support our first mural project. The more we raise, the more we can build the annual community event we envision.

For more information about this project, visit PaintByTunnels.com..



Calling all solo singers ages 7-15 to audition on Saturday, March 9th, for the 2019 Maple Valley Idol, Jr. Competition! Compete for the honor of being crowned the winner of MV Idol, Jr. 2019 and win cash prizes and multiple opportunities to perform in public during the year. Registration is now open! Only the first 20 singers to pre-register will be auditioned. Each entrant must pre-register online HERE. A $25 non-refundable registration fee will hold your spot. Auditions will take place on Saturday, March 9th at the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Singers will audition with an MP3 karaoke/instrumental accompaniment track (No iPods, CDs, or MP3 players please.) Contestants will perform one song of their choice. Judges will provide feedback immediately following each audition. Finalists will show a natural ability, quality of performance, showmanship and audience appeal.

 

A panel of judges will choose the top 12 contestants to perform in the finals on, Friday, May 17th, at the Tahoma Elementary School Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. Judges will select the top three winners. Audience members will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite and crown the “Audience Choice Winner.”

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Call to Artist from City



Recent Events...

VIV Winter Recital Poster 2018

jazz poster final


                                     

Summer Theater Intensive - 20/08/2018 REGISTER NOW

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Vocal Performance Summer Camp

August 13-17, 2018

Vocal Performance Workshop 2016


Maple Valley Creative Arts Center is proud to partner with Voice in the Valley Music Studio to offer this fun-filled, weeklong camp specifically designed for developing vocalists (ages 11-18), emphasizing the importance of solid vocal technique to enhance song performance. Participants will explore multiple songs (solos/duets/ensembles) from a variety of genres including Musical Theatre, Classical, Folk, Jazz, and Pop, being coached by Dr. Jessi Jumper and our special vocal coach, Jessie Siren! Specific focus is on the importance of proper singing techniques, including posture, breath, phonation, and resonation, as well as the importance of connecting with your audience through dramatic action on stage. The workshop is held daily from 9am-2pm Monday-Thursday. Friday's dress rehearsal will be held from 4pm-6pm. The Final Performance Showcase will be held at 6pm, open to the public. 

 

 

*Space is limited, early registration is encouraged! 



Early Bird Special $180
$215 after July 13th


Click HERE for more information or to register!


CALL FOR ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS!
It's time to register for our 2018 Arts Fest.  Please see our prospectus for all the information you need.
If you are interested in performing, please email us at mvcac@comcast.net.

Barbara Headshot

We are honored to welcome Barbara Benedetti Newton as our juror for the juried art show.  To learn about Barbara, please visit her website, https://barbaranewton.
net/


Click here to read her bio.


Register Now

Artist Reception
Saturday, May 19, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 PM
@ Maple Valley Creative Arts Center

Join local artist Brenda Chrystie as she presents new paintings and shares about the art historical and mythological references within her figurative work.

Light refreshments will be served.


Brenda is a MVCAC Member, an Alternate on the City of Maple Valley Public Arts Commission, and Artist/Business Manager and instructor at STEAMboat Studio. For more information about Ms. Chrystie and her work visit www.BrendaChrystie.com..



 

Join us on Friday, April 27th, for the 2018 Maple Valley Idol Jr. Finals!
Tahoma Middle School Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Judges will select the top three winners. Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite and be crowned “Audience Choice Winner.”



Voice in the Valley Winter Recital Poster 2017

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LAST DAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS!!!
CLICK HERE FOR INFO & TO REGISTER TODAY

 

 

JOIN US FOR A FUN FAMILY EVENT!

Rise & Shine is an annual fundraiser bringing together artists, community members, collectors, donors, and friends to celebrate MVCAC's mission to promote and appreciate the arts in our community and schools.

Silent and Live Auctions, Holiday Shopping, Make-A-Gift, Breakfast, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTS! We can't think of a better way to wake up on a crisp December Saturday morning. Can you?

Start things off with coffee and perusing the Silent Auction from 8:30 to 9:00 am. While fueling for the day with a scrumptious breakfast from 9:00 to 10:00, we'll have a small Live Auction. The Silent Auction will continue after the Breakfast, during which time you'll also be able to shop this year's Bazaar for original art and holiday gifts - or stop by one of our local vendors and artists who are offering an on-site Make-A-Gift opportunity for around $10.00 each. 

TICKETS

Tickets are only $25.00 each and children 12 and under eat FREE! All proceeds (except for the Make-A-Gift) benefit Maple Valley Creative Arts Council. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE as they will not be sold at the door!

Purchase Rise & Shine! Tickets

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Now showing through the month of December 2017: 
Work by local Artist and Instructor Brenda Chrystie

 

 

For more information about Brenda, her work, and art classes at STEAMboat Studio, visit www.BrendaChrystie.com.

 


 

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2017 Drew Knight PI

Tales to Tell Troupe are 8-12year olds performing a hilarious Film Noir Spoof. The crime? Someone has stolen the Queen of Hearts Tarts! Was it the Old Woman who lived in the shoe? Or was it the jealous Muffin Man? Come bring the children and laugh you way through this fun “Who Dun’it.” Advance priced tickets email 
theater@pagetostagepro.com.

2017 As You Like It
We are proud to present our first Shakespeare! The Paradox Players in an adaptation of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" in steampunk style. If you never thought you would like Shakespeare come and laugh with us as we discover how Rosalind's is the master matchmaker!! We like to refer to this production as "No fear Shakespeare!" email: theater@pagetostagepro.com for advance priced tickets!

Silver Shadows Play

Silver Shadows is a new Young Peoples play written and directed by Ed Corrigan, a Maple Valley playwright. In this drama our young hero, Willy, is searching for meaning in his life and searching for his lost cat, Omega. Willy follows Omega into a mystical, misty Birch Tree Forest which, according to local legend, no one ever returns. Willy begins his personal Odyssey with hope in his heart but without direction in life. What will he discover about the world and himself? Please come to our play for answers, personal discovery and
some fun!
      

Click Links Below to Purchase Tickets 


        SILVER SHADOWS - 9/14/2017
        SILVER SHADOWS - 9/15/2017
        
SILVER SHADOWS - 9/16/2017
SILVER SHADOWS - 9/17/2017

Youth Theatre Camp!
August 14th-18th!

Youth Theater Camp - 8/14/2017
From Page to Stage Production is offering a weeklong summer theater intensive for students at any stage of acting ability. Ages 10-18+. We will be working with a script with the end goal of a complete theater production performed for the public on Friday, August 14 th at 7pm. We will be exploring theater terms and disciplines, character development, proper voice projection, and scene blocking. Workshop August 10th -14th, Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm, Lunch break 12-12:30pm (lunch not provided). Evening practice time required, as the final performance is off script! Dress rehearsal Fri 4-6:30pm. Final Performance Showcase 7pm!
~ Open to the public ~ Space is limited, early registration is encouraged!



Art Gallery Opening Night at the Creative Arts Center

Featuring art of Nancy Ziegler

The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council invites everyone to the opening night artist’s reception for Nancy Ziegler, Saturday, July 8th 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  The reception is free, family friendly, and open to all!  Light refreshments will be served including wine and cheese.  There will be live music performed by classical guitarist Andrew Beers. He will perform works of York, Villalobos, JS Bach, Tarrega, Barrios, Johansen, Brower, Giuliani, Paganini and more. Come and be part of this celebration!

 





 

2017 ARTS FEST Juried Art Show formProspectus

CLICK HERE AND MEET OUR JURIST!
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A Walk in the Wild
featuring photography of
Mike Larsen


MV Creative Arts Center
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM


Join Leave a Trail Photography for an adventurous evening taking a walk in the wild.
Immerse yourself in locations around the world, surrounded by close encounters with
wildlife and scenic landscapes to uplift your spirits.

This is a family focused event. Kid activities and treats will be provided to keep your little ones
entertained and educated about the nature around them. Wine will be provided for the parents to
unwind and enjoy the art.

Come with intrigue and leave with inspiration to get outdoors and create your own epic memories.
RSVP by 5/20/17 via FaceBook Click here (bit.ly/2qngOq2) and receive a free gift upon arrival.  

Free Event! So why not spoil yourself and release your wild side. Leave a Trail Photography’s event
is hosted by Maple Valley Creative Arts Council and designed by A Dash of Adorable.





You are invited to opening night for artist
Gabi McMinn

Sunday April 30th, 2017, 6:30-9pm
The Reception titled “For the Love of Flowers”

Family friendly and open to all! Light refreshments will be served.
 Live music performed by a classical guitarist Andrew Beers. 
Be part of this FREE celebration!

McGinn







Pocket Park Maple Valley 2.0


 
 
We've raised $35,000 for our Pocket Park!
  


On-going 4Corners ArtWalk
Stay tuned for information on the next event!



Eagle River Interiors
 Choc Élan

ArtWalk is a free, family event - all are welcome!

 
All artwork is for sale and will be on view for roughly two months.
If you are an artist and are interested in exhibiting at one of the upcoming ArtWalks,
contact our 4Corners visual art volunteer, Jennifer Haley via email.  -Thank you!



Our Partners:
 
 
Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra