The City of Bellevue is presenting art from around the world in the Bellwether Exhibition and Art Walk, designed to bring people together, by displaying artwork from 32 international artists at City Hall, along the Pedestrian Corridor, and in Downtown Park. The artwork is scheduled to be available to view from July 29 till October 9.
“This exhibition is different than years passed, we really made an effort to push out across the world and to pull artists in,” said Scott MacDonald, the art and urban design project manager for the City of Bellevue, at the Opening Reception. “Over 600 pieces of art went through a jury selection. Of the 32 selected, six were created by international artists, which is the most we’ve ever had.”
Bellevue is also becoming more creative and more international
“Bellwether means ‘a sign of things to come,’” said Bellevue Mayor John Stokes. “When most people think of Bellevue, they think of great neighborhoods, parks and shopping. Which is true, and we are very proud of it. But what I can tell you is that Bellevue is also becoming more creative and more international, and that is my intent.”
Mayor Stokes continued on to say that the exhibition was created to bring people together with great ideas from around the world. “Every summer, Bellevue gives way to a hundred artists and hundreds of thousands of people,” added Mayor Stokes. “It’s a gathering of great people and great ideas. That is what the future holds for downtown Bellevue with our plans for the Grand Connection and Meydenbauer Bay Park, both of which have great art.” The plan for Meydenbaurer Bay Park, located along Lake Washington, is for it to be redeveloped and connected through Old Bellevue up to Downtown Park, then to downtown passed city hall, which will all tie in to the upcoming light rail system.