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Issaquah Tree Trimmers In-Store Artist Signing Event


The members of the
Issaquah Tree Trimmers
are honored and excited
to welcome you all to our hometown
for an In-Store Artist signing event.

August 16, 2014


                     Mark's Hallmark Shop, #58
                     1175 NW Gilman Blvd. #B13
                     Issaquah, WA 98027

                     Ph. No.: (425) 392-0604


  DON PALMITER                   MATT JOHNSON
Hallmark Senior Artist               Hallmark Designer  

 Click here to read                  Click here to read
 Don's profile.                        
Matt's profile.

NOTE: Hallmarked announced earlier this year that after 47 years, Senior Artist, Don Palmiter will be retiring this year. This will be one of his last signing events before retirement.



A limited number of rooms have been set aside and are available at a discounted rate at the Hilton Garden Inn.

             Hilton Garden Inn - Issaquah
             1800 NW Gilman Blvd
             Issaquah, WA 98027

Ph. No.:
(425) 837-3600

             Individuals are encouraged to reserve their room early.
             (deadline for reservations is July 25th). M
ention Hallmark
Event to get the discounted rate.

- or -

                     For on-line reservations: CLICK HERE



  • Open to the general public
  • Limited to first 100 people

Friday, August 15, 2014


Doors Open:
6:30 p.m.
Dinner Begins: 7:00 p.m.


                               Pogacha Restaurant of Issaquah

                               120 Northwest Gillman Boulevard

                               Issaquah, WA 98027

          MENU ("Taste of Issaquah")

     Features Northwest and Adriatic cuisine including:

  • Seasonal Greens
  • Orange Vinaigrette Salad
  • Homemade Pogachas - soft, chewy flatbread brick-oven pizzas covered with
    • a special blend of 5 Cheeses
    • Tomato and Basil
    • Red Onion Artichoke
  • Fresh Salmon – Wild Oven Baked Salmon Fillets
  • Dobar Chicken Pasta - Grilled chicken breast with port soaked grapes and a port wine Gorgonzola cream sauce
  • Roasted New Potatoes
  • Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables
  • Dessert: 
    • Confetti Cupcakes - a selection of cupcakes from one of our local bakeries
    • Boehm's Candies and Chocolates - a sampling of European-style chocolates from our very own neighborhood chocolate factory.
  • Beverage: Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke Sprite and Lemonade

     EVENT FEE: $50.00 USD/attendee


  • Admission to the dinner,
  • Five drawing tickets
  • one-year membership to our club,
  • Limited Edition "Issaquah Tree Trimmers" 2014 Event T-shirt,
  • "Golden Ticket" - A product voucher for "Mrs. Claus's Kitchen Sink", the In-Store event exclusive signing piece. This voucher guarantees its holder the opportunity to purchase this event exclusive piece on Saturday.
  • Artist Signing ticket along with VIP access to the Keepsake Artists (one-hour before the general public) for a more intimate signing experience.
  • A special Hallmark "thank-you" gift for every member


     We have planned a wonderful and memorable evening with 

     special surprises for each of our guests.

     To reserve a spot for our dinner and indicate
     what T-shirt size you will be wanting, please call our          
     sponsor store, Mark's Hallmark Shop at: (425) 392-0604.
     Please note: T-shirts will be unisex.

          Then mail payment to:

                     2014 KOC Signing Event
c/o Mark's Hallmark Shop, #58
                     Attn.: Shawna
                     1175 NW Gilman Blvd. #B13
                     Issaquah, WA 98027


  • Artist will be available for signing  from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



Ornament artist are treated like rock stars





At the Local Club Dinner event in Issaquah, WA, Don and Matt each gave a personal insight into one of their 2014 Keepsake ornaments and shared a Sneak Peek of one of their 2015 Keepsake ornaments.

Matt started the program by saying he enjoys designing snowmen characters. He then talked about 'I Melt.' one of the magic ornaments he has designed for this year. He said that when he first started designing this ornament, he was thinking of Johnny Cash and over time the snowman evolved or 'melted' into it's final design.

Since Matt enjoys fishing, he choose 'Gone Fishing,' a cute whimsical ornament for his 2015 Sneak Peek. This ornament which combines both of his interests was developed after a recent fishing trip that he went on with Keepsake artist Tom Best.

Matt concluded his presentation by saying, that although he is not a series artist by nature, he is not opposed to taking on a series if the right inspiration comes along.

By Matt Johnson.

Don took the stage and discussed, in depth, his obvious love for cars and how he believes: "ornaments are not only memories but should each tell a story. It's the memories and the stories they tell, that make the ornaments special." Don continued: "although he has enjoyed his entire career at Hallmark and all the series he has created, he had the most fun during the 10 years period that he designed the 'Kiddie Cars' series-not just designing the cars but also traveling and getting to meet collectors and seeing their pedal car collections first hand."

Don then spoke about his '2014 Chevrolet® Corvette® Stingray™' which will be available in December. After stating that this piece has been in development for several years, He described, in fascinating detail, the process of working with car manufacturers, from the early concept stage through the entire development process, in order to time the release date of the ornament with that of the actual 2014 C7 Stingray.

Don also spoke about his contributions to the 'Nostalgic Houses and Shops' series. He said many of the buildings in this series have personal touches that connect to his own life, family members and people he has met along the way. As an example he referenced how the 'Town Hall and Mayor's Christmas Tree' piece list him as the mayor.

He then talked about next year's ornament, the 'Keepsake Korners Pet Shop.' As an interesting piece of trivia he mentioned that the design incorporates a couple of miniaturized versions from Anita Marra Roger's 'Puppy Love' series.

32nd in the Nostalgic Houses and Shops series.
By Don Palmiter.


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