Various shots of drawing mural as it is installed.
Randy Engstrom, Founding Director of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center--pointing out his image representing one of the many individuals that have contributed towards the making of this new hub of creativity to the Seattle Arts Community.
And here it is...quickly installed for the Grand Opening of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and Cooper Artist Lofts (within the same building) last week. The Gala was on Friday, February 24th, and what a night it was. I have heard reports ranging from 1500 to 3000 visitors attended---and as one of the artists with their studio (live/work space) door open to the public, it sure felt like 3000 or more. We all had Gala-Hangovers that lasted throughout the following weekend! The hallways were a ghost-town as we must have all been hibernating in recovery-mode.
What a success the evening was in numbers, that's for sure. A truly grand and brilliant beginning for this renovated elementary school (est. 1917) turned into Arts Center and Artist Lofts. BRAVO to DNDA for a fantastic unveiling to the city of Seattle.
Below is MY ARTIST STATEMENT as displayed next to my Cooper Portrait Drawing Project:
Inspiration is the artist’s muse; the fire; the fuel. And inspiration was sparked when I moved into Cooper Artist’s Lofts on January 1, 2006.
My muse was clear that some kind of recognition must be made, a commemoration, a representation on a grand scale to match the impressive amount of collaborative human effort that went into renovating the building in which you now stand. And I took it upon myself to do just that—to make a Portrait Drawing of Cooper Artist Lofts, specifically for the Grand Opening event.
This 22 foot in length drawing shows portraits of fifteen individuals (and there are many more than I had time to draw) who have made and continue to make this beautifully restored building a real center of creativity; a vital and significant addition to the city of Seattle’s arts community. They are DNDA Staff and Administration, Walsh Construction, and tenants of the building. While there are many faces to be seen in this drawing, I invite you to consider viewing the piece as a whole—as a collective spirit that is generous, intelligent, creative, thoughtful, energetic, inspired, and fun.
Each individual came to my studio to sit for their portrait drawing, volunteering an hour of their time. It was a true pleasure to meet them all and draw from them, too. Below is a list of my sitters and their connections to Cooper. I am grateful to each of them. --Barbara Fugate
The drawing began on Feb. 2nd and was finished Feb. 21st, 2006.
Listed in order of appearance on the drawing:
Kate Stannard: Project Manager, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Karee Fisher: Poet, Resident of Cooper
Ellery Pitt: emerging artist, son of Karre Fisher and Jason Pitt: Musician
Robble: Cooper’s Fourth Floor Favorite Pooch (pet-parents are Amy Steadman and Quentin Smith, both Musicians and Vocalists, Residents of Cooper)
Stu Thompson: Assistant Superintendent, Walsh Construction
Flynn Bickley: Mixed Media Artist, Resident of Cooper
Jordan Howland: Manager, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (two portraits)
Paul Fishburg: Executive Director, DNDA
Randy Engstrom: Founding Director, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Case Correll: Resident Manager, Cooper Artist Lofts
Parie Heins: Project Manager, DNDA (two portraits)
Paul Goldstein: Sculptor and Resident of Cooper (hands)
Peter Goodall: Architect, SMR Architects
Phillipa Nye: Project Manager, DNDA
Gina Hall: Fund Development Director, DNDA