It was such a satisfying and thrilling evening because I was able to share my vision: VISUALLY in the creation of The Drawing Room Space, as well as my dream to create "a gathering space for curious and creative exploration". Really, I have had two underlying dreams that have formed many ideas that FINALLY has come to fruition with Blueschool Arts: 1. To gather and share wisdom (both GATHER wisdom and GATHER together and share wisdom) and 2. Collaborate creatively with an exceptional team of people. It is natural that it would be around art, because I've always been artistic and I am trained as an Illustrator/Graphic/Web Designer, and I am now a working artist.
More about The Drawing Room: this was a super fun part of creating this space - I am drawn to the Victorian Era (ha ha, 'drawn', 'drawing room'; punny), which includes the decor, fashion, and artistic movements. So it felt natural to make this creating space reflect that. I wanted the ambience to be one that inspired; much like the drawing rooms of the Victorian Era, which included 'cabinets of curiousities' - which became popular in the Renaissance Era but reached it's apex during Victorian times, when the middle class could show off their collections of natural history and other various ephemera or items from other cultures. The Drawing Room also provides a wonderful backdrop/gallery for our studio artist's work - an eclectic collection that fits in beautifully.
Currently we are offering a potpourri of art and artistically inspired courses, and we plan on having interesting and intriguing events, workshops, retreats, and social art nights. We also offer the ability for you to rent our space for your own private events, whether just to use the space or for us to curate an event for you.
PHEW. What a ride.
You can learn MORE about us from the most excellent press we have gotten so far: a spot on Whidbey TV (which sadly I cannot access anymore!) and a FRONT PAGE article by Ben Watanabe in the Whidbey Record.
So, um, YAY!!!
~Karin Bolstad, Headmistress, Blueschool Arts