Bellwether 2019

Today’s Special

Curated by Ellen Ito

An interactive space around food, art and culture, Today’s Special plays with the history of the former café space it occupies within the museum, riffing on the restaurant tradition of a “daily special”—with an art-infused twist.

Visitors are invited to experience the art on view, sample a complimentary sweet treat, explore hands-on engagement materials, attend artist workshops and performances and join in community conversations.

Today’s Special is open Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 18 - Sunday, September 22, 11am - 5pm. See below for a schedule of events and happenings.


Today’s Special: Tea Party

September 13, 3–7:30pm & September 14, 12–5pm
Bellevue Arts Museum

The Tea Party is an interactive installation about the politics of tea. Hosted by LadyFIRM, the performances serve as a critique of the domestic setting of serving tea and the implications of race and service. No RSVP required.

Today’s Special: 3-Drop Gourd Beading Workshop with Cynthia Masterson

Sunday, September 15, 12–2pm
Bellevue Arts Museum

Learn from artist Cynthia Masterson about the beadwork that comes from the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Interchangeably called gourd or peyote, this unique 3-drop style relies on math to create patterns. Using big beads, you’ll bead a small seasoning shaker and learn the history and meaning of this beading style. Workshop can accommodate up to 10 people and is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Space is limited; RSVP required.

Cultural Conversations with Today’s Special artist Minhi Winkempleck 

Wednesday, September 18, 1–2:30pm
Bellevue Arts Museum

Do you want to feel a sense of community? Build bridges between cultures? Come join a diverse group of women from Bellevue who meet regularly to share tea and conversation and make connections in the greater Eastside. Bellevue's Cultural Conversations women's group will launch its seventh season with a program focused on Welcoming America Week, a national celebration of inclusive communities. This year, Welcoming Week coincides with Bellwether, the City of Bellevue’s fall art festival, and the city formed a unique partnership that will bridge these programs together and host a cultural conversation at Bellevue Arts Museum.

Today’s Special: David Rios

Thursday, September 19, 12–3pm
Bellevue Arts Museum

Drop by Bellevue Arts Museum to enjoy some Pan Dulce and engage with artist David Rios. Rios will share the personal and cultural history that informs his artwork, insight into the glass making process and his personal path to the hot shop.

Today’s Special: Katupat Weaving Workshop and Ceremony with Roquin-Jon Quichocho Siongco

Friday, September 20, 1–3:30pm workshop; 4–4:30pm ceremony
Bellevue Arts Museum

Workshop: In this workshop, participants will learn how to make katupat. The katupat is a hand size woven vessel used in regions in SE Asian and Pasifika, commonly used to steam rice. We will be weaving them with palm fronds. No prior weaving experience is necessary. RSVP required.

Ceremony: Artist Siongco will perform a ceremony to close the weaving of their work, Lusong yan Lommok (Mortar and Pestle). No RSVP needed.

Today’s Special: Monyee Chau

Saturday, September 21, 2-3pm
Bellevue Arts Museum

Join artist Monyee Chau in a conversation about her work, enjoy Chinese pastries, and take home a copy of What’s Your Year?, a zine about the Chinese Zodiac made especially for Bellwether.

Today’s Special: Jan Parker

Sunday, September 22, 2-3pm
Bellevue Arts Museum

Come hear chef Jan Parker speak about her lifelong goal to build community through sharing Filipino food. Join the conversation and find out about Jan's experiences cooking and educating people about Filipino cuisine and heritage and co-founding the Kain Tayo (Let's Eat) Filipino Fiesta.

Today’s Special: Removal Ritual with artist Leah Nguyen

Sunday, September 22, 3:30-4:30pm
Bellevue Arts Museum

Come engage with Today's Special artist Leah Nguyen about her site-specific painting, Pattern for Healing and Building Community in Bellevue, and experience her meditative ritual of removing the work from the wall.  


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Today’s Special
Times & Places

Friday, Sept 13–Sunday, Sept 15
Wednesday, Sept 18–Sunday, Sept 22

All events are at Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004


Tea Party
Friday, Sept 13, 3–7:30pm
Saturday, Sept 14, 12–5pm
No RSVP required

3-Drop Gourd Beading Workshop
Sunday, Sept 15, 12–2pm
RSVP here

Cultural Conversations w/ Minhi Winkempleck
Wednesday, Sept 18, 1–2:30pm
No RSVP required

David Rios
Thursday, Sept 19, 12–3pm
No RSVP required

Katupat Weaving Workshop w/ Roquin-Jon Quichocho Siongco
Friday, Sept 20, 1–3:30pm
RSVP here

Katupat Weaving Ceremony w/ Roquin-Jon Quichocho Siongco
Friday, Sept 20, 4–4:30pm
No RSVP required

Monyee Chau
Saturday, Sept 21, 2pm
No RSVP required

Jan Parker
Sunday, Sept 22, 2pm
No RSVP required

Leah Nguyen
Sunday, Sept 22, 3:30pm
No RSVP required