Out Loud Creative Stuff!

Sharing creative stuff I find.

If You Build It, They Will Come — December 14,

If You Build It, They Will Come

If you build it, they will come sounds beautiful… Especially if you don’t have much to lose if they don’t come. I get it. They won’t come to see something that isn’t there. So you must take the risk and build.

Well, here we go. Over two years ago I started down the bold path of working to build something. Together, with a group of tenacious volunteers, we ventured off the safe path to do something bold in Renton Washington, USA. Our safe path was hosting a once a year art walk for about 5 hours in the month of August.

The group? Arts Unlimited of Renton. Our new mission? A place in the heart of Downtown Renton that would serve as a creative hub and gathering place. We desired to build and connect the community through the arts using explore sensory and kinetic storytelling.

As you can see from the photos above, we’ve made progress towards acquiring a space in the Downtown Renton area. It’s a 2,500 sq ft space that requires a wee bit of work before we open our doors to the public. We plan to have an artisan retail portion. A member and non member gallery and a meeting/classroom space. Our goal is to open in the spring of 2017.

My excitement is slightly diminished by the amount of work ahead, but I did want to share this with you. I hope to keep you updated along the way as we progress towards opening day. BTW, Arts Unlimited is a 501c3 and we could use help and money to boldly go where we’ve never gone before.

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Renton Sketch Night — August 29,
ROAD CLOSED. Woo hoo!!!! —

ROAD CLOSED. Woo hoo!!!!

Very cool shots. I’ve never seen HWY 99 so quiet and peaceful.

Shari Bradbury

For the past several days Highway 99 in Seattle has been closed for some repairs.  I live near the section of the highway known as the Alaskan Way Viaduct and I decided to walk up there while it was closed and take some photographs from views that are normally inaccessible.  Pedestrians and bicyclists are not allowed on the viaduct when it’s open, for it is an old highway, with very narrow lanes, and no shoulders at all.  So, this was a chance to see what the views were like from up there.

The first photograph I took was of my baby . . .

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When I got up on the highway, it was completely deserted but, within about thirty minutes, this sweet couple came walking along, out for a stroll together.  I took a few photographs of them approaching and showed them the photos when they reached me.  Then they posed for one…

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Did I just wake up? — May 24,

Did I just wake up?

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Image courtesy of Maya Picture at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I’m a lucid* dreamer. I have been for as long as I can remember. Even still, I’ll occasionally lose myself to vivid dreaming. These can be a bit scary for me because they seem so real, In the vivid dreams, I’m not sure if I’m awake or still dreaming. Good thing I don’t sleep walk. The strange part is waking up (for real, I think) at home and feeling like I’m not in my home. That woozy feeling of being displaced can last for a few hours.

Oh yes, and then there are the dreams within dreams where I wake up from one to find myself in another, then another and finally I awaken in the foreign location called home. Crazy, huh?

What are your thoughts on lucid or vivid dreaming? Have you ever awakened at home, but it felt like you woke up in the wrong place? Do you think it adds or takes away from being creative? Does it even matter?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream 

Theatre, Sketching, and Good People — April 25,

Theatre, Sketching, and Good People

I was there and it was fun.

Shari Bradbury

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Last night, I attended an arts event that was a unique and interesting twist on figure drawing classes, wherein artists come in and sketch a (typically nude) model.  This sketch class; however, hosted by Arts Unlimited of Renton, had actors from the 425 Theatre Project as models.  Last night’s theme was the 1920s and the models/actors offered both still poses and ‘action’ poses, where the actors would begin playing a scene and, at any point, someone in the audience could yell, “Freeze!”, and the actors would stop and hold whatever pose they were in.  They held some very difficult poses for quite a long time.  Not an easy job to be a model!

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It was a very casual atmosphere, which was great.  Everyone felt comfortable getting up and moving around, taking photographs, and having a little wine and dinner as they sketched.  Very nice group of people.

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I thought black…

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