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Walla Walla's Art Scene

January 09, 2019

If you haven’t checked out the creative side of Walla Walla you may be surprised by its quality and depth. Here’s where to start:

VISUAL ART

Winery Art Galleries: Foundry Vineyards is owned by the founder of the Walla Walla Foundry, where world-renowned artists come to create large-scale installations. You can see some of them in their tasting room’s sculpture garden along with a rotating gallery of new artists from around the world. DAMA Wines moved their tasting room last year to accommodate even more regional art in their elegant gallery space. At Studio Two Zero Two you can taste Morell Family Wines while viewing art. Visit CAVU Cellars unique gallery space in the Airport District. An appointment at Long Shadows Winery will also get you a viewing of some Dale Chihuly glass work. Several other wineries around town have artwork on display as well.

Whitman College: To view more sculptures from the Foundry and elsewhere, including Native American art, visit the college’s sculpture garden spanning much of the campus and meandering along a peaceful stream. The Sheehan Gallery is also on campus, along with two Dale Chihuly glass sculptures (one in the student union and one across the street in Cordiner Hall).

Downtown: Art abounds along the downtown streets by local artists like Squire Broel and more. Don’t miss a visit to Matilde, a beautiful bronze ox in front of the library. Make stops at Telander Gallery, Artescapes Studios and Kingfisher Gallery and Custom Frame part of your tour.

The Museum of Unnatural History: DADA art is alive and well in Walla Walla at this eclectic gallery where every Saturday morning artist and former actor (you’ll recognize his voice as Sugar Bear of the Golden Grahams cereal commercials) Gerald Matthews opens his intriguing collection for viewing.

Marcus Whitman Hotel: Visit our second floor gallery to learn the story of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman depicted in a series of paintings by local artist David Manuel.

PERFORMANCE ART

The beautifully restored Gesa Powerhouse Theatre showcases a variety of performing arts through the year and The Little Theatre shows off local talent, currently performing Calendar Girls. Then there’s the performances at Whitman’s Harper Joy Theatre.

MUSIC

A new performance venue, The Dacres, brings cutting-edge musicians to town. Sinclair Estate Vineyards and Marcy’s Bar and Lounge have live music most weekend and many wineries around town host bands. Check out Olive Marketplace and Café for Tasting and Tunes every Thursday night.

The Walla Walla Symphony is the oldest running symphony West of the Mississippi and the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival brings classical music to life every January and June.

 For more information visit Art Walla.