By Anne Hritzay
Special for the journalist
As activities resume post-COVID, Mercer Islanders will have various opportunities to view and participate in community arts activities and celebrations.
MIVAL (Mercer Island Visual Arts League) will be sponsoring its 48th annual Junior Art Show for children in K-12. Once a beloved part of Summer Celebration, the show will now be presented at the Mercer Island Gallery at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center from July 18 through September 18. 9. Children are invited to submit their artwork for cash prizes and display in the gallery this summer. Artwork can be from school projects or their individual work. More information and online registration is available at www.mival.org/junior-art-show/ and the deadline to participate is July 11.
At Summer Celebration this year from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 9, MIVAL will be sponsoring a community art creation project with support from the Mercer Island Community Fund (MICF) and the City of Mercer Island. Artists of all ages will be invited to create colorful flags using a variety of printing techniques for display at Mercerdale Park. This joyful collaboration will celebrate the creativity and individualism of the people who make Mercer Island such a special place to live.
Mostly Music in the Park will also have Art in the Park sponsored by MIVAL, MICF and the city again this year. Young artists can try their hand at different art projects each week, so stop by and discover the creative opportunities to try something new while you picnic to great local music. These events are weekly on Thursdays from 6pm to 7:30pm from July 14th to August 1st. 11.
And finally, let’s celebrate the winners of the MIVAL High School Art Scholarship: Devon Benaroya, Zoe LaCombe and Kate Sun. This award has been given to Mercer Island High School seniors for over 40 years and is a favorite tradition of Mercer Island residents and artists who are so generous with their donations to support these awards and the arts in the schools and our community. . We invite you to discover the works of the winners, which will be exhibited in July at the MIVAL Gallery (in the Avellino building between QFC and the former Baskin Robbins). A reception for the artists will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on July 1 at the MIVAL Gallery and is open to the public.