Carolyn Nelson and Andy Behrle are pleased to announce Sculpting the Valley II - the Yakima area’s second annual celebration of International Sculpture Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Created by International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, New Jersey in 2015, over 100 participating organizations on 6 continents will be hosting events for International Sculpture Day 2018. This year’s local events will include art exhibitions, open studios, live art-making demonstrations, and a guided tour of public art in downtown Yakima. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. in Tieton with exhibition openings and open studios. The day’s schedule will wind down at Yakima Maker Space with art-making demonstrations and an opening reception in the Yakima Maker Space Gallery. All events and venues are FREE and open to the public.

Yakima’s 2018 celebration of International Sculpture Day will kick-off at Boxx Gallery (616 Maple St, Tieton) with Sculpting the Valley II, an art exhibition featuring sculptures by 22 artists living and working in the Yakima area, at 11 a.m. on April 28. The exhibition will be open until 4 p.m. on the 28th and will be on view at Boxx Gallery through May 26. Boxx Gallery is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment. Boxx Gallery is a part of Highland Food Bank and is focused on presenting artwork created by local artists. A portion of the proceeds from all sales benefits the operating costs of the food bank. Also in Tieton 601 Elm studio space will be hosting an open house from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. 601 Elm is located on 601 Elm Street in Tieton, adjacent to Paper Hammer Studios, and will be featuring artwork by owner Brian Holtzinger and artist Janice Baker. Tieton Arts & Humanities will be hosting an opening reception for 2018 Student Art Show in the Mighty Tieton Warehouse Gallery at 608 Wisconsin Ave, Tieton from noon – 3 p.m. This exhibition, sponsored by Community Health of Central Washington Highland Clinic, provides 200 K-12th grade students from Upper Yakima Valley school districts the opportunity to showcase their artwork. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. 2018 Student Art Show will be on view Fridays-Sundays noon to 3 p.m. through May 20. The Trimpin Sound Space will also be open to visitors in the Mighty Tieton Warehouse, as will Tieton Mosaic’s studio. The Trimpin Sound Space is an auxiliary studio and showcase for world renowned artist, Trimpin’s sound sculptures. Trimpin is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” awardee who is based in Seattle and exhibits his music-making artworks around the globe. Tieton Mosaic is an arm of Tieton Arts & Humanities and was created with the assistance of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tieton Mosaic has transformed downtown Tieton with multiple public art projects which can be viewed at any time.

At 4 p.m., artist and educator, Carolyn Nelson will lead a walking tour of public art projects in downtown Yakima, including Yakima Art Commission’s Windows Alive! exhibitions in empty storefronts along Yakima Avenue. The walking tour will proceed rain or shine. Those wishing to join the free tour will meet in front of Northtown Coffee at 3:45 p.m. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Nelson and guests will weave their way through downtown Yakima before concluding the tour at Yakima Maker Space where ceramic artists Eunsil Kim and Debbie Sundlee will demonstrate a raku firing and Yakima Maker Space Gallery will present a reception for Selected Sculptural Works Curated and Presented By: Jack McEntire. Also known as “Chainsaw Jack,” McEntire, creates sculptures with his chainsaw and teaches students wood carving techniques in his studio in Selah.