Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Urban Street Gallery

My name is Coleman Brown. I’m cousins of Frank Brown. He has just found himself in wood. Wood carvings and drift wood art as he calls it. Drift wood art. He looks into the driftwood and sees animals and things and people. I think it’s a spiritual calling really. That’s what I really think it is.

Hello, my name is Frank Brown. Alias Francois Negucii. Born in Seattle, Washington in 1952 to the family of Abraham and Chaney Brown. I was raised here sixties years ago so I’ve been here all my life. I’m used to this. But before I go. I want to build this Urban Street Gallery. And the urban street gallery is for urban artist who don’t have access to SAM and other great museums and stuff to put their work in. Even though my work is just as important the work there is important to them. I have beautiful pieces of wood. I take it through a process where I clean it, hand sanding it, if I must I might put a little stain or polyurethane coated on it to stop the deterioration process. Whatever I’ve got to do, but to not change the piece itself.

So when I opened to the public my art I realized there was no place for me to show it. Hello my name is Stuart Wang and I’ve been living next to the Brown family since 1989. What I admire about Frank is his ability to do what’s necessary to make ends meet. We all have to survive in some way and as artist we have to think creatively to come with ways to survive as artists.  If you are a broke artist you have to wait until the availability will come or do this. I took my property and made a gallery. 

My biggest inspiration in life today comes from my 26-year-old son who had a heart attack at 23. His kidneys stopped working and he’s on dialysis three times a week. Were always going to be Seattle artists and were always have this Northwest influence that drove us just like Jimmy Hendricks and all the other great artists that come out of here. We have that same energy and it can stop the world if they have time enough to look.

There are supposed to be people to know what’s happening in Seattle not only in music, but art and with people.  Without talking to people you never know. With out conversing you would never know. And without stopping you would never know. First you have to stop and listen.  Then listen and have the mind listen. My hypothesis might not be like yours, but its mine and I believe in do onto others as you have them do onto you.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Let it shine

Roxy Hollyhead, six, enjoys the sunshine by breaking some bread with her friends at the duck pond in Madrona Park. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

D'vonne Pickett Jr. enjoys a late night movie

D'vonne Pickett is a basketball player by day, but a movie lover by night. I joined D'vonne on an assignment where we both had to watch a foreign film for our International Cinema class. We saw the movie The Lunch Box at the historic Harvard Exit Theatre on E. Roy Street. I documented D'vonne's experience trying to capture a glimpse of an activity he enjoys that most do not see.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sebastian Edgerton a worker at Heyday Farms describes a lively atmosphere that keeps locals hungry for more.

Greg: What’s your name and what is your role on Heyday Farm?

Sebastian: My name is Sebastian Edgerton. I’ve been working here at Heyday Farm for two years now. When I started I was hired as a grunt laborer, but last year I got hired as a garden manager or lead.

Greg: Can you explain to people what Heyday Farm is and it’s mission?

Sebastian: Heyday Farm is a 25-acre farm on Bainbridge Island. Basically trying to revitalize the land. We have two farms. The Whiney and Peterson farm. They used to be farms way back when, but have been fallow for a long time.

Greg: What do we have on the farm?

Sebastian: We have primarily animals. We have a heard of steers, dairy cows, and 30 pigs rotating. They take about I want to say 4 months to get big enough to be butchered. Then we have about 700 mixed breeds of chickens. 500 for eagling and the rest for meat chickens. We just got in our turkey chickens last week. 125 and will be butchered first week of November. And then the garden we have 3.5 acres split on both farms. Where we do a mix of crops trying to plant a little bit of everything. Today, I’m picking our last stowing of super sugar snaps and spring peas. Both 50-day harvest a super short season.

Greg: What got you interested in farming?

Sebastian: Well, starting when I was 12, all legally though started helping my parents and their big garden. Got 12 acres up in Chimacum and then just started helping neighbors on their farm. Worked on flower farms, seed farms, a couple market farms. Farmed all the way up till 20 when I stated to go to college for journalism over at Idaho State.

Greg: What is a memorable experience you had on the farm?

Sebastian: Hmm that’s a tough one. They’re all such wonderful experiences, but transplanting is a highlight. It’s a nice team activity. Were all there laying out the plants, digging them. Trying to race each other to see who gets it down in the bed first. Um, but I guess one of the more exciting parts was when about a year and half ago. We had a bull on the farm at that point. Do you remember Valiant? He charged one of our employees who used to work here and got out on the road actually. So it took a couple of hours trying to coax him back in, because you cant really force a 4,000 pound bull to do anything he does not want to do.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How I get to my 8 a.m. class

We all have our morning routines. Habits are built over time and some of our most basic rituals happen in the first 15 minutes after we wake up in the morning. The video captures 15 minutes in 15 seconds on how I make it to my 8 a.m. class on Tuesday's and Thursday's.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Will Easter Sunday be left in a haze on 4/20?

Students comment on the irony and coincidence of Easter Sunday sharing the spotlight with 4/20 known as "National Weed Appreciation Day."