As part of my ongoing research program on arts incubators and their success metrics, I recently traveled to Washington to do some field research at Mighty Tieton, a for-profit creative enterprise incubator in the rural Yakima Valley. I also made a visit to Ellensburg, WA and couldn’t miss a chance to spend some time in Olympic Sculpture Park. All, in all, it was an art adventure. In a departure from my usually text-heavy postings, and in celebration of the waning days of summer, I share some “artventure” pictures with you:
Yakima Valley orchards and vineyards as seen from Naches Heights
Inside Goathead Press, one of Mighty Tieton’s resident enterprises
Tieton Mosaic’s sampler
Dick and Jane’s Spot, Ellensburg
More of Dick and Jane’s
The Ellensburg Bull by Rich Beyer
Another amusing sculpture from Ellensburg’s public art program
The Clymer Museum in Ellensburg featured an exhibit of decorated cattle skulls to be auctioned at the upcoming rodeo.
My favorite is this “gem” by Don O’Connor
Echo, 2011, Jaume Plensa
The weathered steel of Richard Serra’s “Wake” were reminiscient of the shipyards just on the other side of park.
The art adventure was great — but I also got to enjoy this beauty…
Linda Essig is Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Cal State LA and principal/owner of Creative Infrastructure LLC. The opinions expressed on creativeinfrastructure are her own and not those of Cal State LA.
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