VALA, Venues for Artists in the Local Area, Eastside, is a 501c3,non-profit arts organization based in Redmond,WA, committed to connecting artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art.


A thriving art venue enabling the showcasing of artwork for artists on the eastside community of Washington as well as invigorating the cultural scene of this community.


Connecting artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art.

Brief history of VALA

VALA [Venues for Artists in the Local Area], is a 501c3, non-profit arts organization founded in 2010 by Jessica and John Lambert based in Redmond, Washington.  VALA’s mission to connect artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art is achieved by featuring local artists who are particularly interested in connecting to the community in meaningful ways.  VALA connects artists to artists through the VALA Artist to Artist Series which spotlights featured artists to discuss their inspiration and process with other artists and is open to the local community.  VALA further connects the community to artists by facilitating events and programs like the VALA Artist Studio that invites community members to create art alongside featured artists.  VALA creates partnerships with local businesses and organizations to create non-traditional venues for artists.  All VALA events and programs are free to the public.

By partnering with Redmond Town Center, VALA has tapped into the deep commitment that RTC has to the Redmond community and its willingness to afford in-kind space and staff time in order to support local artists and the visual arts in the community of Redmond.  VALA also works to connect to local artists that are creating compelling artwork from jewelry to painting to whimsical yet ripe with meaning fiber artworks.  VALA strives to create space for artists and artworks to be honored and appreciated by the public at large.



Jessica and John Lambert

Founding Board Members

Jessica Lambert, City of Redmond Arts Commissioner, Seattle Art Museum Docent, VALA President and Executive Director

John Lambert, Partner Director at Microsoft Corporation, VALA Treasurer and Vice President

Dave Cross, Partner Director at Microsoft Corporation

Christine Cross, Cross Properties, Real Estate Manager

Tami Jones, Interior Designer, Tami Jones Interiors, LLC

Donna Wallace, UX Design Manager, Microsoft Corporation, Member Artist at Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, Wa


Current Board Members

Jacqui Calladine, Artist,  VALA President

Anna Macrae, Abstract Artist, VALA Vice President

Miguel Llanos, Founder of Redmond Historical Society

Hank Myers, Redmond City Councilmember

Melissa Rogers, VALA Secretary

Crystal Edwards, Artist


Current Staff

Jessica Lambert, Executive Director

Marianne Johnson, Art Program Director

Marisa Mouton Provo, Communications Director

Thomas Spencer, Installation Engineer and Gallery Master