The Snoqualmie Arts Market (SAM) blogsite is designed to serve as a place from which you can navigate the sights, sounds and spirit embodied by the wondrous little city of Snoqualmie.
More than an event, SAM represents an uprising of art, culture and history within a two block area of downtown Snoqualmie. In this place, embraced by forest, river and mountains, our culture took root and continues to thrive.
Working in concert with city of Snoqualmie Arts Commission, independent merchants, farmers, storytellers, artists and artisans, SAM’s goal is to showcase downtown Snoqualmie as a vibrant and growing cultural center which preserves our folkloric legacies while working to propel them into the stories of our future. The artwork presented above, by Snoqualmie Valley native son Bob Antone reflects this aim and he is the featured artist for the blog’s 2014 summer/fall season.
The images he shares are (from left to right) a cedar wood carving titled “Spotted Owls”, painting titled “Who are we, Indigenous?” and sculpture titled “Stick Indian”.
Following is his narrative of inspiration.
“Imagine a small northwestern town living in an alternate dimension somewhere between the conquest of big timber, Bavarian imitated architecture and the remnants of Twin Peaks fanaticism. In this place you find shadow figures of wild beasts and political animals fighting over power and land. A quiet bedroom community development stands next to an old mossy trailer with blue tarps on the roof and garbage in the front yard. Neighbors practice their swing by launching golf balls across the road into the power station. My art is derived of these elements. Like my uncles and both grandfathers, I am a wood carver and sculptor as well musician and painter. Since 1870, my family has resided in this area. The paintings I create connect tall tale heroes with the struggles of homeless drug addicts who currently live in hobo camps by the Snoqualmie River. I also make art to honor my train hopping grandfather and registered nurse grandmother. This town and its history are stacked like plywood in layers of time and the music I create is the soundtrack.”
To contact Bob Antone, visit