The Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park presents a winter series of programs starting next week with the annual SAM Lights fest. It is worth bundling up, getting out and braving the chilly weather for these events designed to bring the community together through art and the environment.
On Thursday December 17 from 6-9 PM, the Olympic Sculpture Park will be illuminated by lights and luminarias for SAM Lights. There will be live music, opportunities to create art, holiday-themed drinks and food and, of course, the beautiful view of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.
A special installation by artist Andy Behrle will be featured outside in addition to music by local bands Lemolo and the Chaotic Noise Marching Corps. There will be food trucks near Paccar Pavilion, including warm bites from 314Pie and Hot Revolution Donuts.
If you want to step away from the cold, there are creative activities for all ages in the pavilion, as well as a Kids’ Play Station with snacks and drinks. Romson Regarde Bustillo will help guests create illuminated silhouettes. You can also get creative with necklaces inspired by Nick Cave’s fabric sculptures with artist Sandra Farmer and lanterns with artist Janet Fagan. A communal sculpture of “light signatures” organized by Light Table Design Collective will also be generated by the crowd. SAM Lights is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.
In addition to SAM Lights, the Olympic Sculpture Park will host Winter Weekends on Saturdays, with different themes related to art, free and open to the public, January 23, February 20 and March 19.
From 11 AM to 2 PM, Kids’ Saturday in the Park includes drop-in art activities such as converting boxes and other recycled materials into “vehicles” for an indoor “drive-in” movie. From 7 PM to 10 PM, Saturday Art Encounters are a great alternative to regular weekend outings with the opportunity to interact with and participate in artistic practices with regional artists. Drinks will be provided courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company. RSVPs are requested.