Of the artistry born in or inspired by the Evergreen State, including the music of Jimi Hendrix, the glasswork of Dale Chihuly and the blockbuster Twilight series written by Stephenie Meyer, this year it’s the fictional town of Twin Peaks that is taking center stage.
From the bizarre, avant-garde mind of director/writer David Lynch, Twin Peaks, featuring the Snoqualmie-based Salish Lodge & Spa as the Great Northern Hotel, is a cult classic that’s enjoying a 2017 reboot after 25 years.
Beyond Twin Peaks groups can discover a variety of arts experiences to spark creativity among attendees.
Seattle and Puget Sound
Seattle, the cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest, offers many arts opportunities, including must-visit attractions that accommodate off-site events.
Among them are the Seattle Art Museum and its Olympic Sculpture Park, the Seattle Center-based Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP).
“MoPOP’s SkyChurch is great for receptions because of the space itself, but also because of the large state-of-the-art projection screen,” said Alisa Carroll, director of public relations for Visit Seattle. “This is the museum that features everything from a Jimi Hendrix collection to a permanent Star Trek exhibit.”
During an event at Chihuly Garden and Glass, groups can arrange for a glassblowing demo. Meanwhile, Pratt Fine Arts Center offers group classes in lampworking.
Groups meeting in the Seattle Southside area can check out the schedule at the Tukwila-based Foster Performing Arts Center, which hosts a wonderful range of concerts, from pop music to the Rainier Symphony.
In Bellevue, east of Seattle, groups can join docent-led tours at the Bellevue Arts Museum, which has several event spaces, including the Court of Light—a great setting for a cocktail reception—and the Forum, which can accommodate dinners.
Located in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country, just 20 minutes from downtown Bellevue, is MoltenWorks, a glass studio where groups can create their own fused glass creations.
In Kirkland, located nearby Seattle on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, groups can book hands-on art-making activities and art demonstrations lead by professional artists at Kirkland Arts Center.
Olympia’s Washington Center for the Performing Arts is another terrific venue for both performances and meetings.
“Hold a reception in the black box to get that behind-the-scenes theatrical feeling for your event, or make a presentation on center stage in the theater,” said Moira Davin, director of marketing and communications for Experience Olympia & Beyond.