Farm Fresh

… Fresh on to the farm. Here is an occassional chronicle of a new family in a small town.

Paint Ellensburg

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Last Saturday was Paint Ellensburg, Gallery One’s big fundraiser.  I was hired to help coordinate it because of my experience with Artist Trust, SOIL, and a few other arts orgs.  I think everyone was happy with the changes the committee made- moving it to a new space, dinner format and a few other things. I was more proud of it then I thought I would be.  Interesting how on one hand, it’s not worth stressing over the small stuff, but on the other hand, they make the event.  Appetizers, reflectors, balloons, folded napkins, etc.  While every auction has it’s must haves and can seem a bit dull to organize at times, every organization and therefore results are different. I mean you always have art handlers but they’re not always the Rodeo Court! Anyhow, always nice to throw a party for artists and arts lovers. Justin brought Porter and my mom brought Mary so it was fun for the whole fam!  We didn’t win anything, getting outbid for the gravel and Howard’s piece but at least they went to good homes.

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Thorp-Edison Summit 2010

This weekend was what I hope becomes our annual summit to Edison.  It’s a small town on a popular route up near Bellingham. Think oysters, beer, cookies and lush green and there you go. Artists Sheila Klein and Reis Niemi have something of a complex up there that is near paradise.  When one thinks about growing up and being an artist, this is what they think of. Studios, property, a great garden and a couple of kids.  Yes, Justin and I like hanging out with these two at there home.  Two miles form their complex is Edison- home of two galleries, two bars, two bakeries, a curio-gallery, and our favorite- the newest local spot- hangout, breakfast joint, coffee shop and grocer, Tweets. Highlights from the trip:

Hanging on the trampoline with Justin and Porter
A visit to Golden Glen Creamery
Chattin it up with Sheila in her garden
The sugar high I got eating roca and brittle
Negotiating space for the stuff we got at the Lucky Dumpster
Sleeping in our new pad (Able the Vanagon)

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Filed under: Art, Menu