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With the many artists living in and around Ellensburg, is it any
surprise there are lots of galleries and museums to choose from? Gallery
One, a nonprofit public visual arts center, is dedicated to showing
local as well as national and international artists. The Clymer Museum
of Art is a haven for Clymer art fans, with one of the largest
collections of John F. Clymer originals. And the Kittitas County
Historical Museum is a great place to learn about how the valley came to
be, with information on pioneers, local Native American tribes and
more. The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University is
where some of the freshest and newest in art talent can be found.
416 N. Pearl St.
| Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 962-6416
Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday Saturday, noon-4 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month The Clymer Museum of Art features a year-round exhibit of John F. Clymer original works. Clymer, born in Ellensburg in 1907, is well known for his many illustrations featured on the covers of "Field and Stream" and "The Saturday Evening Post." His large oil paintings depict the many faces of life, from family outings to cowboys and Native Americans. Later in life he began to focus his work on the Pacific Northwest landscapes. The museum, also a First Friday Art Walk venue, shows many local artists, has a gift shop, special events and a big holiday show. The Clymer Museum also offers regular art classes, workshops and artist guest lectures.
101 N Pearl St
| Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 925-3224
Welcome to Dick and Jane's Spot... an art site and a home. Dick and Jane made most of the art you see but we have also collected art. The works of over 40 Northwest artists are on display in the yard. Generally, what you see from outside the fence is what you see. The rest is our private yard so please respect the fences. The Spot has been a work in progress for 35 years. There are over 10,000 bottle caps and thousands of reflectors. The pieces in the yard are always changing. Old pieces decay and new ones are added.
The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association (ERHOF) is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to preserve the history and traditions of the Ellensburg Rodeo. Since its founding, the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame has conducted annual banquets on Thursday evening of Rodeo Weekend, selecting and honoring Inductees in the categories of (1) National Contestant; (2) Local Contestant; (3) Participant (clown, judge, announcer, trick rider, stock contractor etc.); (4) Volunteer Organizer; (5) Livestock; and (6) Pioneer Rodeo Family.
408 N. Pearl St.
| Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 925-2670
Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and until 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month Gallery One has monthly shows as part of the First Friday Art Walk
(an event that takes place in various locations throughout Ellensburg). Shows generally consist of local artists, but also feature regional, national and occasionally international artists. The gallery fosters the local art community in many ways, including rental studio space, shows for Central Washington University art students and a big variety of art classes. It has also recently introduced artist guest lectures and often has special events, such as hands-on workshops, wine tastings and live music. And the gallery's holiday sale is not to be missed.
114 E. Third Ave.
| Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 925-3778
Open 10am - 4pm, Monday-Saturday
The Kittitas County Historical Society, founded by ancestors of valley pioneers, started the one-room museum in the 1960s and eventually moved the items, plus new ones, to its present-day location. At the museum, visitors will find nearly every era of life in Kittitas County. Permanent exhibits include the antique doll and buggy collection, historic photograph and slides, Mires glass plate negatives, Native American bag and basket collection and much more. The museum also offers several events for families.
What will be one of the only open-air butterfly gardens on a college campus anywhere in the world will be dedicated at Central Washington University on Friday, June 2, at 10 a.m. So says Nan Doolittle, CWU art and family and consumer sciences instructor.
The garden is her brainchild. Sadly, it was a brainchild born out of tragedy -- the death of her then 31-year-old daughter. The garden is named the "Leah Polacek Butterfly Garden" in her honor.
CWU Campus, Randall Hall on 14th Avenue
| Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 963-2665
Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday,Noon-3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is dedicated to showing CWU student artwork, as well as artists and faculty. Central's art department is known for its talented students - many who have gone on to show their work in cities and opened their own galleries. The gallery shows a large variety of mediums, including photography, painting, jewelry, sculpture, collage, mixed media, pen & ink, lithographs and more. It spices things up by having individual and group shows, always providing a visitor with something different each time.
11640 N. Thorp Hwy
| Thorp, WA 98946 (509) 964-9640
The Thorp Grist Mill is the only remaining mill in Washington state that made the transition from stone buhr to modern rollers. Built between 1880 and 1883, the mill has been lovingly restored and maintained so visitors can catch a glimpse of history back to the early days of settlement in the state.