September #RB ArtBeats

This month’s edition highlights the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and the Second Annual Rainier Beach Art Walk, as well as special assignments by several Citizen Journalists

Art Walk Cars

 Posted by on October 6, 2012 at 10:37 am  #RB Art Beats, Black Masters of Social Artistry, September #RB ArtBeats  Comments Off on Art Walk Cars
Oct 062012

It was Saturday morning at the Rainier Beach Art Walk.  The sun was so hot my skin felt crisp.  Gregory Davis (active community leader) and I walked down Rainier Avenue and chatted with artists at each community booth.

The first thing that caught my eye was the elaborate car art at one of the community booths.  I quickly found the owners of the cars, Thomas and Leonard.  As they talked about the history of car art, I realized how little was known about this form of art.

As I reflected on their art, I realized that there should be more awareness about car art in the community. Where else do we see car art? This unheard of creativity rides around in a compelling manner.  I was also surprised to find out that there were several communities of folks who create car art all along the West Coast.

Before I left their booth, I asked Leonard and Thomas one last question—“How long do you plan to make car art?”  Leonard said “Until I can’t drive anymore, which will be in about 88 years.”  And Tom said “Until I can’t make them anymore.” Both Leonard and Tom showed a lifelong commitment and dedication to expressing themselves in a way that is very eye-catching.

I hope that the Rainier Beach community gets to see more of this type of art.

Southeast Seattle Arts Walk

Southeast Seattle Arts Walk

September 15, 2012 Rainier Beach Arts Walk This year’s Art Walk stretched from Rose Street to 56th Avenue.  The shear number of different types of organizations that participated showed us that community was working together.  Residents were able to visit different art booths and learn from the different perspectives of the artists who presented their work.  Examples […]

The Bell perspective

On Saturday, September 15th Seed Arts hosted the 20th Annual Rainier Beach Art Walk. The art walk stretched from King Donuts to Maya’s Mexican restaurant.  This event featured different business establishments, musical performances, public art for adults and children, and art booths detailing local art from the neighborhood. Each of these booths exhibited the diversity […]

Artwalk Great Performances!

Artwalk Great Performances!

I attended the Rainier Beach Artwalk with Freedomnet for the second year in a row.  This year, the Artwalk was even more interesting due to the increased attendance.  There were many booths and performances at the Artwalk that were exciting, fun and inspiring.  For example Northwest Tap Connection performed to “Beat It” and “Speed Demon” […]

Urban roots helps build the roots of the community.

Urban roots helps build the roots of the community.

Every Thursday, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission hosts a special event called Urban Roots.  It’s a very great summer program for community organized by Tali, a resident of Rainier Beach.  Tali is an amazing and strong role model for our community.  Tali teaches us many life lessons.  His teachings are real because he doesn’t sugar coat anything.  For […]