Photo by Lauren Foster

The Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair has been a pivotal part of the Eastside’s art scene for decades. “A lot of people don’t know that Bellevue Arts Museum was born out of the BAM ARTSfair. The love and stewardship of the fair created a movement to build an incredible museum on the Eastside,” said Meredith Langridge, the senior events manager for the museum. All year, Langridge has been planning the fair, which will celebrate its 71-year anniversary July 28-30. Her passion for the arts helps keep the fair thriving.

Favorite places

for dinner

Poke MIX in Bellevue

for coffee

Top Pot Doughnuts

for sweets

Hoffman’s Bakery in Redmond and Fresh Flours in West Seattle

to work out

West Seattle Health Club — and my basement!

to relax

Tavern Law in Seattle

to clear your head

Anywhere with water

Inspiration Board 


Amelie, Twin Peaks, Jaws, The Exorcist, The Royal Tenenbaums


The OA, Chef’s Table, Vinyl, Girls, The Get Down


Valerie June, Foxygen, Sylvan Esso, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings


Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Inspired by

Malala Yousafzai

Favorite work of art

I don’t know that I have a favorite piece, but I definitely have favorite artists — Jose Parla, Kara Walker, John Grade and Dinh Q. Le.

Favorite quote

“You can always make something out of nothing.” — Simms Taback


Tell us about an artist you’re excited will be a part of BAM ARTSfair this year.

Eri Sugimoto is an incredible ceramicist who creates organic and functional pottery. Sugimoto is new to BAM ARTSfair and is traveling from California.

What makes you interested in community arts events?

It is incredible to plan community art festivals because there’s always an element of surprise, and it feels like an eclectic family reunion when you actually get a moment to visit with returning artists, sponsors, and crew members.

Can you stop and enjoy it, or are you running around?

Our team is always running, but I get the most joy out of seeing our community come to downtown Bellevue to support independent artists, dance at our stages, and make art at KIDSfair.

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