Central WA Arts Confab & Cultural Congress

SAVE THE DATES FOR 2018, October 11-13!

What does confab mean?
It’s a conversation, a discussion, a chat.

This year Confab and Gallery One is teaming up with the Washington State Arts Alliance to expand the conversation during a 3 day event of coalition building, advocacy and inspiration.

The event will bring together artists, arts educators, heritage leaders, and advocates to discuss pressing issues in the field, network, and prepare an agenda for the next legislative budget session in 2019. Social events, and performances will make this a fun and informative gathering for advocates of arts, heritage, and culture. The Confab will offer art-making activities during the Congress.

An opening reception will occur on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 11, and the opening session will begin on the morning of Friday, Oct. 12. The Congress will conclude late Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13.


Here is a list of free events that are open to the public:

Thursday 6pm-10pm
Party and Sing-along @ Iron Horse BrewPub
Join Justin Raffa of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers in a “spirit”ed sing-a-long. Grab a bite and a pint and join us in the back room of the Iron Horse Pub alongside arts advocates and nerds. Singing most likely to commence circa 7:45. Come early for beer to get in the spirit of things. Who doesn’t love a sing-a-long?

Friday, 1pm-2:30pm
Artist Talk w/ Joe Feddersen @ G1
Join us artist Joe Feddersen for a discussion about his work, following a gallery smudge by artist Corwin Clairemont.
From: https://www.monamuseum.org/artist/joe-feddersen
Joe Feddersen is a Colville sculptor, painter, photographer and mixed-media artist. He is known for creating artworks strong in geometric patterns reflective of what is seen in the environment, landscape and his Native American heritage.

Friday, 1pm-2pm
Public Art Tour with Sadie and Alex
Join Sadie Thayer of the Kittitas County Historical Museum and Alex Eyre, Chair of the Arts Commission on a walking public art tour of downtown Ellensburg. Learn about the controversy of Richard Beyer’s “Bull” and peek in the famous and funky Dick and Jane’s Spot. Meet at the Rotary Pavilion across from Gallery One for this easy hour long walk.

Friday, 7:45 – 10:00pm
Big Band, Puppets and More @ G1
Join Brian Kooser and his Giant Puppets, hip hop artist King Khazm, and the Ellensburg Big Band for a rocking good time at Gallery One! Bring a t-shirt or piece of fabric and get your own Art for All screenprint. Cupcakes provided by 509 Bakehouse. This event is offered in conjunction with the Washington State Arts Alliance and the Ellensburg Arts Commission. FREE to attend, cash bar includes pre-batched cocktails!7:45ish Khazm

Friday, 2-6pm and 7:45-10pm AND Saturday, 9-12pm
Make Your Mark
@ G1 Picasso Gallery
Explore your creative self using different printmaking techniques with artists Becky Parmenter and Jacqueline Trujillo. Bring a t-shirt or other fabric item of at least 12×12 size and choose your own image that you can have put on a shirt, bag or cloth.

If you missed Confab last year, you can listen to many of the presentations online. CLICK HERE!