ArtWALK event returns to WW

Your feet can do the walking while your eyes do some watching with the return of ArtWALK this week.


Your feet can do the walking while your eyes do some watching with the return of ArtWALK this week.

The 2011 season of the downtown event commences Friday. From 5 to 8 p.m., downtown galleries, shops and tasting rooms will be open to display the works of local and national artists, according to an announcement.

The new season brings a couple of additional venues to the mix: Coldwell Banker First Realtors, Fifth Avenue and Main St.; and Locati Cellars, located in the lobby of the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center. Also, Willow, 2 E. Rose St., has officially spread to three levels. Rotating collections are located on the upper stories of the building while the main floor is home to a permanent collection by local artists.

Presented by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, with assistance from ArtWalla, Tourism Walla Walla and Willow, ArtWALK is a cooperative event to promote the arts. ArtWALK maps are available at the Destination Walla Walla booth on Main Street, area hotels, the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commcere and online at . For more details, call 529-8755.

Walla Walla resident Anne Haley is helping to get freight moving as the new member of the state Transportation Commission.

The Tacoma native and chairman of the board for Brown & Haley candy company has been appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to fill an Eastern Washington vacancy on the seven-member commission, said an announcement in The Seattle Times on Tuesday.

Haley, a former director of the Walla Walla Public Library and Yakima Valley Regional Library, said in a statement she recognizes the significance of transportation on the state's ability to remain competitive.

"Through my professional work in library management across the Northwest, my experience in library management ..., my experience overseeing a Tacoma-based family business that ships its product worldwide, and the very different challenges and needs my husband and I have in shipping wheat to market from the family ranch, I know firsthand the importance and diversity of Washington's transportation system," she said. "Transportation is fundamental to our state's economic competitiveness."

A graduate of the University of Puget Sound and University of Washington, Haley has served on numerous private, public and nonprofit boards and committees. She fills the Transportation Commission vacancy after Elmira Forner of Manson resigned. Commissioners Latisha Hill of Spokane and Carol Moser of the Tri-Cities plan to leave in June.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Contact Vicki Hillhouse at or 526-8321.


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