A wealth of fantastic art is waiting to be explored in the vibrant city of Yakima and beyond. In addition to the annual Chalk Art Festival, June Art Fest and the Folklife Festival, there are also multiple galleries showcasing a diverse art collection. Take a look at some fantastic local galleries to explore the Yakima Valley art scene.
1606 W Nob Hill Blvd.
With changing exhibits from all over the world, explore Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley College. The gallery hosts seven or more exhibits a year, some of them annually, such as the Central Washington Artists Exhibition — in its 66th year, and the Student and Faculty Exhibit.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, admission to Larson Gallery is free, and they invite artists (and everyone) to visit and be inspired by what other artists are doing.
With a mission to foster curiosity and appreciation for the visual arts in our diverse community, Larson Gallery is cultivating a love of art in Yakima.
“Art plays a key role in our lives — everything we have, from clothing to cars to computers, had to be designed by someone. This shows you how important art is in our lives.”
COVID-19 information: Since Larson Gallery is on campus, visitors must follow campus protocol and wear masks.
616 Maple Street
Six years ago, Boxx Gallery was formed to not only provide a venue for local artists to show and sell their art but also to help fund the Highland Food Bank. As a non-profit, the gallery donates its after-expenses commission to aid those in need in Tieton and Cowiche.
“I think because we have had little or no expectation for this adventure, we’ve had an amazing response. We continue to have shows that sell very well and change out almost every month.”
As a home for art and artists, future goals include providing workshops and, eventually, an artist-in-residence program. Like businesses everywhere, Boxx Gallery struggled with the pandemic and was closed much of last year with only a couple of virtual shows.
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and occasional Friday evening openings, support Boxx Gallery and stop by, make a donation, or buy a piece that speaks to you all while making a difference.
“The Yakima Valley community is very supportive of the arts, and the town of Tieton surprises us with how it attracts artists and art lovers. Our future is bright.”
COVID-19 information: Guests and volunteers are asked to mask up when visiting Boxx Gallery.
18 S 1st Street
Collaboration Coffee or Collab Coffee, as it is affectionally known, is more than just a coffee shop. They are proud to support and strengthen the local arts community with partnerships, events and gallery shows. Join them every first Friday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. for events.
“The ART aspect of Collaboration Coffee is more than just an art gallery — it’s about the search for truth, challenging our preconceived notions, and renewing our belief in each other. We believe compassion grows, minds replenished, and souls are healed where art abounds.”
The exhibits change monthly at Collaboration Coffee, but they are always trying to answer questions. “What is art? Who has access to art, where and why? How can we support and lift up art in our community? We’d love to have you join the discussion. For us, art is life itself: The mundane, the agonizing, and the joyous. Art is for – and art is in – everyone.”
At Collaboration Coffee, they work to provide a space open to all in a place that is welcoming to you, just as you are. “So, neighbors and strangers, come! Share ideas, ponder questions, live in the here and now, and be reflected in the warm light that pours into our First Street windows.”
COVID-19 information: Collaboration Coffee is excited to be back hosting masked events.
Visiting an art gallery provides opportunities for inspiring creativity, entertainment and enrichment. Artists often use their art to explore people, culture and the natural world. Visit a Yakima area art gallery and share in the experience of what art can provide.