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B6 WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 2009 THE IS SAQUAH PRESS TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR nlEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@isspress.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. 11 MARCH Singer-pianist CJ, the Backbeat of the Party, performs from 7:30- 10:30 p.m. at Vino Be,a, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. Gdmaldrs Coffee House presents Tango Nights on the second Wednesday of the month, starting March 11. Try free beginning tango lessons at 8 p.m., and traditional tango dancing from 8:30-11:30 p.m., at 317 Gilman Blvd., Suite No. 47. Go to www.grimaldiscogee.com. 2 Vocalist Shlrl Zorn performs from 7-10 p.m. at Grimaldi's Coffee House. Jay Roberts and Don Mock perform from 7:45-10 p.m. at Bake's Place.Tickets art $59.50 for dinner and the show. Jazz trio Three on the Tree performs from 7- 10 p.m. at Grimaldi's Coffee House. Black Velvet 4 performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella. The Kelley Johnson Quartet performs from 7:45-10 p.m. at Bake's Place. Tickets are $59.50 for dinner and the show. Afternoon Music Jam by stu- dents from Kaleldescope Music is from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Grimaldi's Coffee House. Angelo Plzzare performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella. The 17- celebrate St. Patrick's Day by perform- ing Celtic music from 4-10 p.m. at Pogacha. 18 Vino Bdla presents Comedy Night at 8 p.m. Seating is limited. Call 391-1424 in advance for tickets. The Blue Dog Dance troupe per- forms from 4-4:30 p.m. at Aegis of Issaquah, 780 H.W. Juniper St. Call 392-8100. Duo self-publish guestb0ok to record 'Happenings' BY DAVID HAYES K risti Gage and Rebecca Byus don't so much con- sider themselves as authors as they are publishers. That's because their book, "Happenings: A Guest Book of Sorts," has but one page of type with the rest containing a distinct lack of content. And that's just the way they intended it. "Our inspiration was to make something from our shared pas- sion," said Gage, a mother of two who runs her own business from her Issaquah home. "We wanted to make a journal for the home, where guests could leave written comments from events, that you could leave on the coffee table as an elegant keepsake," said Byus, also a mother of two who runs her own financial planning business. The two met at the University of Washington through their sorority, Delta Delta Delta. In those days, the two shared the quirky phrase for something cool, "that's so trick." That be- came the name for their online venture to sell their book, www.ohsotrick.com. The book is similar to a scrap- book, with enough space to ded- icate two pages to each event. Simply place a photo from the event in the center and have the attendees leave written mes- sages commemorating the expe- 'Happenings: A Guest Book of Sorts' $39.95 + $9.95 shipping and handling www, ohsotrick.com A portion of proceeds go toward ChallengeDay.org. rience. The back of the book has labels to affix a theme for each gatherg,, including "back to school, summer fun and hol- iday tradition." Gage said they realized there are many places that provide raw materials for creative peo- ple to construct their own mem- ory book. "The scrapbooking thing has been around a longtime, but not everyone has the time to do one themselves," she said. "This helps simplify things, a compila- tion of events you can put into one book." Their research of the market showed scrapbooks, guest books and photo books were already available, but not an all-in-one book. "Plus, this helps people who know that want something, but don't have an idea about how to do it themselves," Byus said. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from book sales goes toward their favorite local char- ity, Challenge Day. The organi- zation's mission is "to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connec- tion through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expres- sion." Byus and Gage were intro- duced to the charity when it held programs at their chil- dren,s schools and were imme- diately enamored with its goal. "It's an amazing program that helps overcome boundaries with a heartfelt message," Byus said. As designers and publishers, the duo has been pleased with the results of their two-year journey to make the book avail- able. As marketing novices, they admit it took them more than a year to remember to pitch their product to the local press. But with word of mouth growing, many others are realizing their book is perfect for their needs. "It's a great housewarming gift. Real estate agents get it for their clients. It s perfect for plac- ing in a vacation home. And it makes a go( graduation pres- ent," Gages . [. While they can't say what their surprisingly good sales have been specifically, they re good enough to explore expand- ing into other theme books. "We're looking to make more specific books, such as toward kids with sports, school or a first child," Byus said. CONTRIBUTED Rebecca Byus (left) and Krlsti Gage display their self-published book 'Happenings: A Guest Book of Sorts" Besides their own Web site, "Happenings" is also available on Amazon.com, Barnesandno- ble.com and a couple of small nonlocal shops out of state. Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@iss- press.com. Comments on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. Local artists get 'Un,clad' for annual00 show BY JIM FEEHAN retchen Van Dyke always en- joyed drawing animals and na- ture scenes growingup in ru- ral Lewis County. She later dis- covered the artist within her- self after a 15-year career detour as a graphic designer. "I went back to school to get my hands dirty and to paint," she said. Three years ago, she graduated from the University of Washington School of Art with a degree in painting and drawing. She used her childhood mem- ories of playing, wandering and working close to the earth on her par- ents' Christmas tree farm near Chehalis as inspiration for her work. The Issaquah artist's work has ap- peared at the UpFront Gallery and Belle- vue Community College. The work of Van Dyke and fellow Issaquah artists Ellen Borison and Lee Berry will be featured at the eighth annual Unclad Art Show. The show features works by 105 artists, depicting the human nude. Visi- tors will find a range of styles and media from oils and pastels to charcoal, photog- raphy, bronze and wood sculpture. Van Dyke also teaches art to children at Eastside Enrichment, as well as offering art classes at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. She primarily works in charcoal and oils through still life, landscapes and the human form. I b-", /-0,9 Fresh, home style menu selections We offer a menu to satisfy your 4 year old son to your 84 year old grandma. Great Value Generous Portions Fresh baked in-house desserts senior discounts Medows SbappiBg &ater Open Mort. - ht 6am-Spm Sun. 7am-3pm (next to QFC) 425.391.9690 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd. " =k Where It's Never T0o Late For Breakfast! , "T' IFYOU GO Eighth annual Unclad Art Show 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 14-,15 and 20-22 Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center 8700 N.W. 271st St., Stanwood Free admission www.uncladartcom "I really enjoy working with colors and textures," she said. Her painting, "Out the Window," of a woman gazing out a window is featured in the show. She also paints landscapes, still life and portraits. "Nude is a small part of what I do," she said. She discovered Unclad through Bori- son, who has displayed her work at the Stanwood art show for the past four years. "Ellen and I are among a small group of community artists who critique each other's work," Van Dyke said. In addition, the two will sometimes split the cost for a figure model. Borison began figure drawing in 1967. She continued drawing until 1976, when she took a job as a computer software de- veloper. She resumed drawing in fall 2000. "The process itself is enjoyable, putting an image on the page, she said. "You get in a state of mind where you focus on C ONTRIBUTED Drawings from artists who contributed to the Eighth Annual Unclad Art Show include Gretchen Van Dyke (left), Lee Berry (above) and Ellen Borison (right). what you're doing, and you tune out the rest of the world. Borison, a Pittsburgh transplant, has taught workshops at Painted Ladies Studio in Issaquah. She has also helped organize Issaquah's Art Collective shows. "I can't think of anything more inter- esting to draw," she said of nudes. Clothing places the figure in time, and tells us how a person chooses to present themselves. It also obscures the beauty of the body in motion or at rest." This also will be Berry's fourth con- secutive showing at Unclad. Berry be- gan drawing nudes when she was 18. She honed her drawing skills as a stu- dent at the University of Washington in the late 1950s. She graduated from the UW in 1959 with a aegree in commer- cial art. She had a five-year stint as a graphic illustrator at The Boeing Co., but she returned to her first love: figure drawing. The human body is the hardest subject to portray, she said. "I try to capture the action of a pose or the gesture," she said. "It's like watching someone dance. I try to get that rhythm in line and color. I have painted both landscapes and still lifes, but found them to be so static with no movement. To me, once you learn to draw the figure, you can draw most anything else." Van Dyke said she has no plans to put down her paintbrush anytime soon. She has converted a detached garage into a studio. It also serves as a woodshop for the frames she makes. "My son said to me, 'Morn, we're never go, to park a car in here again, are we? she said. Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or jfeehan@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. St. Patrick's Day Tuesday March 17th s Ir/s00 at OPosmha 41, Classes, Seminars & Open Sew Workshops Traditional Quilting Fabrics & Asian, Batik, Flannels, Landscapes & More :: 4 Patterns & Notions o :, Project Linus South Puget Sound Chapter Drop-0ff Location 10/6 Guild and Class Merchandise Discounts Together ToyIor Creelt Quilt Studio Open 7 Days a Week 10am - 4pm 425.432.TCQS (8277) 21689B Maple Valley Hwy., M&pk Vane, WA 98088