Seasonal Story Sheet: Bellevue Springs Forward with Jazz, Art, and Fashion
BELLEVUE SPRINGS FORWARD WITH JAZZ, ART AND FASHION
WHO: Visit Bellevue Washington, Bellevue's official destination marketing organization (DMO) and a variety of destinations and event partners from around the region
WHAT: A variety of seasonal events taking place in Bellevue this spring
WHEN: April - June 2014
WHERE: Various locations throughout downtown Bellevue
DETAILS: Event details are listed below; for lodging and destination information visit www.visitbellevuewashington.com
Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt at the KidsQuest Children's Museum: Sunday, April 13The egg-stravaganza starts at 10 a.m. with crafts, games and photo opportunities with a furry, floppy-eared visitor. The egg hunt begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. and the little ones will want to bring a basket to fill. Tickets cost $8 per person for members and $10 per person for nonmembers in advance and $10 per person for members and $12 per person for nonmembers at the door. For more information, visit www.kidsquestmuseum.org
Belle's Vue Spring Fashion Frames at the Bellevue Collection: Tuesday, April 1 - Sunday, April 27See the season's top trends on display at Bellevue Square's 1st level. Handpicked by The Bellevue Collection's Fashion Blogger, Belle's Vue, each frame features her picks for spring's go-to looks, how to style them and where to find them. Visitors will also want to pick up a copy of the Spring Look Book at each frame for even more styles and tips. View Belle's blog at www.bellevuecollection.com/bellesvue.
The Bellevue Collection's Style Blooms Runway Show: Saturday, April 26Preview the season's must-have spring trends at The Bellevue Collection's exclusive before-hours runway show at Bellevue Square. Beginning at 9 a.m., enjoy chic breakfast bites upon arrival followed by an insider runway show featuring all the looks for spring. Leave the show a style muse with a one-of-a-kind swag bag and a $10 Bellevue Collection Gift Certificate. Tickets are $35 with 100 percent of ticket sales benefiting National Charity League. For more information, visit www.bellevuecollection.com/SpringFashion.
Super Science Night at the KidsQuest Children's Museum: Wednesday, May 7KidsQuest Children's Museum is hosting an evening of super science fun for the whole family. Venture through the museum exploring hands-on experiments, hosted by community organizations and KidsQuest's resident scientists. Tickets cost $3 per person for members and $5 per person for nonmembers in advance and $5 per person for members and $7 per person for nonmembers at the door. Jet City Pizza and lemonade will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.kidsquestmuseum.org.
Bellevue Jazz Festival: Monday, May 28 - Thursday, June 1Presented by the Bellevue Downtown Association, the Seventh Annual Bellevue Jazz Festival is dedicated to celebrating jazz as America's only original art form. Guests can enjoy the jazzier side of Bellevue with more than 40 headline concerts by national jazz masters and local artists as well as performances in bars, restaurants and civic venues including the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center and Bake's Place. In addition, award-winning high school jazz programs will be featured in the festival's Student Showcase. Tickets will go on sale in early April. For more information, visit www.bellevuejazz.com.
Discover Bellevue's Art, Music and Culture Scene
• Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb at Bellevue Arts Museum: now - Sunday, June 15Seattle artist and self-taught carver Dan Webb returns to Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) with his first museum solo exhibition. Featuring never-before-seen wood carvings alongside some of the artist's most iconic pieces, Fragile Fortress provides a survey of 15 years of intense exploration and self-invention, exploring themes such as the fragility of life and human resilience. For more information, visit www.bellevuearts.org.
• Mars and Pony: Special Delivery at Hall Spassov Gallery: Wednesday, April 2-Wednesday, April 30Art enthusiasts are invited to stop by Hall Spassov Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month to celebrate the latest exhibitions, meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments. On Wednesday, April 2, visitors will have the opportunity to meet featured artistic duo Gretchen Gammell and gallery-owner Amy Spassov. The two join forces for their second exhibition together, a culmination of four years of intense collaboration. Interweaving each other's imagery and skill, they allow one new voice to emerge in their mixed-media work. For more information, visit www.hallspassov.com.
• Suhas Bhujbal, Ryoko Tajiri & Daniel Ochoa: Like Kind at Hall Spassov Gallery: Wednesday, May 7-Saturday, May 31Hall Spassov Gallery's May exhibition kicks off with a meet-and-greet with featured artists Suhas Bhujbal, Ryoko Tajiri and Daniel Ochoa on Wednesday, May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. The three artists with distinct visions and styles share common aesthetic and approach, which is visible in their use of geometric shapes and contrasting sharp lines. Bhujbal, Tajiri and Ochoa each received an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where each was inspired by the mid-century Bay Area Figurative Movement. For more information, visit www.hallspassov.com.
• Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami at Bellevue Arts Museum: Friday, May 16 - Sunday, September 21Bellevue Arts Museum visitors will have the rare opportunity to view this groundbreaking exhibition that explores the history and evolution of paper folding. More than 140 works by 45 master folders from around the world - from countries including Japan, the United States, Uruguay and Russia - showcase the power of origami and its modern-day application in the fields of mathematics, engineering, design and the global peace movement. In the artists' hands, paper becomes a medium for endless creativity. Designed to be an immersive exploration, the exhibition includes videos, photographs and books, as well as interactive opportunities inviting visitors to create their own interpretations. For more information, visit www.bellevuearts.org.
About Visit Bellevue WashingtonVisit Bellevue Washington (VBW) is Bellevue's official destination marketing organization (DMO) representing the city's hotels, Meydenbauer Convention Center and the entire Bellevue hospitality community. Safe, walkable and easily accessible, Bellevue provides a vibrant fusion of welcoming hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, lively culture, outdoor recreation and world-class shopping. Surrounded by pristine natural beauty with big-city amenities, Bellevue offers a wide variety of entertainment experiences, and is home to innovative global corporations. www.visitbellevuewashington.com
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