|Two amazing people: "King" Louis with Alison Arngrim, hamming it up at Sidney Museum in May 2017|
|Louis (left) in Studio 724|
I got into tech writing because I enjoyed IT work but also to become a tougher, better and faster writer. My interest in IT faded for me in recent years, in part because of the kinds of nonsense you get on the business side, in part because of a messed up situation in my career that I found myself in. Both of those had killed my interest.
All along I've tried to get my fiction works going but it's been like working two full time jobs. So many times I just missed the mark. Not so much in my writing as in the people I met, connection I'd made. Whenever you find that something is killing you (in my case, IT)... well it's time to do something different.
And now? Now I have all the time possible to dedicate to my art. however I wish to define that. I have to tell you, just as I'd thought it would be all these past decades...it feels great! And I've met some fascinating characters and artists.
Back to Louis and the Studio.
Louis is a diverse force of nature. He's had an interesting variety of jobs in his lifetime. He's been a seafood salesman in the Midwest, a chef, a celebrity TV chef, an Amtrak worker, traveling the countryside, a photographer and a lot of other interesting things. It's been a pleasure getting to know him and his history at events, over beers and in general over time this year.
|Louis King, an artist\photographer in his own right|
|Kim's Adult Coloring Book release event|
|Studio 724 is next to the Brick House Bar, a historical location it would seem|
|Live music next door at the Brick House. Great burgers there! Love their Jalapeno burger!|
|Max Hayslette art for sale|
|Max Hayslette, seems like a nice guy!|
|Out front during Ladies' Night Out|
|Artists Aura Stiers (left) and Shelly Wilkerson and, my friend and director Kelly Hughes|
I got to talk extensively with two of the artists there, both of whom have their art on display. From one of them I had to buy a couple of her greeting cards. Herself a gallery owner, Shelly Wilkerson owns Crazy Lady on Bay Street, also in Port Orchard down the street a pace, along with her photographer husband, Glen (nice guy too!).
Some of artist Aura Stiers unique and stylized art pieces utilized wood, not covering it up as too many do, rather utilizing the wood's natural grains and growth rings, allowing them to subtly show through enhancing the pieces. She was also wearing some of her art in an amazing looking ensemble that drew praise and remarks from customers and artists throughout the evening.
When does one EVER get to have a greeting card signed by the actual artist whose work is depicted on them? I have a collection of post cards I started when my older sister became a Flight Attendant ("Stewardess" back then) for Northwest Orient (now Delta). She'd send me postcards from around the world, however my most prized possession is one from a friend during my university years from McMurdo Station in Antarctica (got one of THOSE?).
So I simply had to take the opportunity to get a couple of cards signed by the artist! No. Not starting a greeting card collection, though I do have one from those given to me over my life time. "Historians" have trouble throwing historical kinds of things away you see and no, I'm not a hoarder by any definition.
|Louis on left, customer with Kelly Hughes and event greeter (seated).|
|Some of the costumes for sale on the right|
|During a lull in the evening. You can just see my books on the back wall just over the seated gentleman's head|
Which I hope for my sake and the community's will be a very long time.