Olympia Pop Rocks- New Local Podcast Features Olympia Artists , Musicians, and Community Activists

I've been really enjoying "Olympia Pop Rocks" a locally produced, bi-monthly podcast that features interviews with Olympians involved in art, music and community activism. Recent interviewees include story-teller and performer Elizabeth Lord, commedian Sam Miller, and Meg Martin of Interfaith Works Emergency Shelter.

ART OPENING: No Easter For Jim

Please join us for the last visual art show that Northern will be offering (for the time being). Northern (Olympia All Ages Project) will be continuing operations for musical preformances at the Midnight Sun in future months, but the gallery spaces as we know it will be closing due to the this move. I'm very excited for this last show and feel like we couldn't have chosen a better artist to help us celibrate this change:

Alex Coxen Solo Exhibit

DECEMBER 7th, 7pm, free to the public. 

Sound from the Ends of Time sculpture

On a windy evening at Percival Landing

New Art at Percival Landing

Here are a few photos from Percival Landing, including some of the new art that is there. Hope you're safe and well and enjoying the thunderstorms and lightning. (Might the rumblings of Public Power resonate with Zeus? hehehe)

Here's one of the new City Plinth Art Project pieces at Percival Landing. More information about the City Art Project here

Oly Bird

A new year and a new business venture. Yup, is up and has been updated. With hope I can network with people in the community and do some good work for promoting local businesses. 

Concerning the Nov. 8th 2011 Elections

Surgery got in the way of submitting this Letter to the Editor for the I am happy to have a place I can share it.


Art is one of my passions, and it was a great honor to be the recent ArtsWalk cover artist. Thank you Olympia for a great celebration.

Downtown Olympia is another passion and after 33 years of calling this home, I cannot remember an election with this amount of misinformation and rumor-driven opinion.  It’s easy to sling mud or pay lip-service to gain political advantage. Consequently I’m reflecting on what I know to be true personally from past experience, and feel compelled to share these insights.

I learned, through a dialogue started in 2009 with Seattle Artspace, that Stephen Buxbaum was instrumental in the planning and successful funding of two Seattle Artspace projects - Hiawatha (his signature is on the 1.5 million dollar grant) and Tashiro Kaplan (for which he worked in the early funding stages).

His view for incorporating the Arts in Olympia is open-minded and broad based as reflected in many personal conversations. On top of that he continues to be a long-time supporter of local arts.  Works by several local artists hang in his home, he is a Harlequin theatre regular, and is one of the few candidates to visit my open-studios in 2010 or the 2011 ArtsWalk installation. (Nathaniel Jones was the other) These actions speak volumes.

My experience with Rhenda Strub has been a remarkable contrast. I voted for her the first time she ran. However once elected I was shocked by her aggressive, condescending responses to, not only my personal communication on the issues, but those of many citizens. I want a council person who listens respectfully and considers everyones point of view with an open mind, whether we agree or not.  Not one who scolds me and questions my integrity.

Nonfiction Media Final Screening Tonight.

Ten weeks ago, three students set out to build a floating playground constructed strictly out of garbage. Underestimating the task they had undertaken, they scoured Olympia streets in their 1993 Ford Ranger, collecting wood pallets, plastic bottles, and a garden gnome named Lemmy. Although this quixotic mission may seem like its roots lay in a seafarers dream, it actually starts with the assignment of creating a documentary.

On June 8, 2011 from 6:00pm to 10:30pm The Evergreen State College presents a one-night event screening final video projects of student work from the program, Nonfiction Media. The final projects are a culmination of an intensive year-long program linking animation, documentary, and experimental film and video.

Along with the raft documentary and animation, the works screened at this event will have something for everyone: from the linguist wanting to learn more about indigenous language reclamation, to the passionate entomologist reflecting on the thrill of collecting specimens, to the cinephile craving inspiration. Along with the wide range of moving image works screened at this event, students will also be exhibiting photography and illustrations based on various studies of form and portraiture. And what becomes of Lemmy and his intrepid crew? Well, come join us on June 8th at the Recital Hall in the Communications Building from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Admission is FREE for anyone who wants to attend. For more information visit us at:


Oly Arts Perspective Call For Submissions


VARIABLES: a weekly dialogue and exhibition of Art, Music, and Performances for the month of April.

Week 1: ‘Me + You’ is an exploration of the personal, autobiographical and relational. This weeks exhibition will be primarily rooted in showing work that takes individual experiences and makes them accessible for all.

Week 2: ‘Us + The Other’ is a survey of comparisons and contradictions. What makes an individual/Group/Nation an ‘Us’ or an ‘Other’? and from what perspective do those rules apply?

Week 3: ‘X+Y’ is a commentary on how those letters have created a binary across humanity. Not unlike Ones and Zeros, there are never-ending combinations. Breaking THROUGH the Gender Binary.

Week 4: ‘Space +Place’ is a focus on what is around us. From the walls that shelter us to the water that sustains us; how do we nurture our environments? how do we abuse them? And what is there, that we do not see?

For each week there will be panels, discussion groups, and critiques. The hope is that each artist gets a chance to speak about their work, have a discussion about their work, and also get feedback from their peers and audience.

When submitting work, please keep in mind that if your work is chosen it is highly suggested that you make it to as many of the panels, discussions and critiques as possible. If you are not a local artist, we would still like you to have a panel and possibly a critique through the technological magnificence of SKYPE.

We are accepting submissions of all mediums: photography, video, Audio, installation, painting, sculpture, live performance, and the list goes on. When submitting please specify which week you feel your work pertains to, as well as a brief artist statement.

For  video work or video documentation, make clips no longer then 4 minutes.

Free Skool Olympia's February Calendar out now!

The newly revived and under new (no)management Free Skool Olympia has come out with its February calendar of classes!

Free Skool Olympia is an autonomous, all ages, egalitarian, volunteer-run collective which works to offer a wide range of workshops, classes, trainings, and skill shares freely to the community. The Free Skool offers a direct challenge to educational, economic, and social systems that oppress and divide our communities by providing vibrant alternatives to those systems and safe places for them to thrive so that we may begin to imagine and build a truly free world.

This month features classes on:

  • Algebra
  • Art and Activism
  • Book Binding
  • Computer Security
  •  Freestyle Rap
  • Haiku & Asian Poetry
  • History
  •  Knot Tying & Climbing
  • Media
  •  Musical Saw Playing
  •  Mycology
  •  Peace Psychology
  • Really Really Safe Sex
  • Self Defense
  • Sign Language
  • Stick 'N' Poke Tattoos

As well as a Black History Reading Group, White Privilege Reading Group, film showings, a Stitch 'N' Knit circle, and a Theatre of the Oppressed troupe!

All classes are absolutely free. The whole month's calendar, which includes descriptions, times, and locations is attached to this post!

Child care will be provided at classes on request. If you have child care or accessibility needs, contact the facilitator of the class you'd like to attend.

To find out more about the Free Skool, you can come to our general meetings every Sunday, 2:00pm at Media Island (816 Adams St. SE) or find us on Facebook. To contact us, e-mail olyfreeskool (at) riseup (dot) net

Thoughts about the Conflict

Thoughts about the Conflict
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Saturday 14 August 2010

Lately, I have been quite consumed with the issue of the conflict between the state of Israel and Palestinians.

The issue has long been a hot topic in Olympia Washington, and the most recent event to bring it to the fore of the consideration of many people is a decision by the Olympia Food Co-op Board of Directors to boycott products from Israel.

The co-op previously stocked four different items that are produced in Israel. Gluten-free ice cream cones, gluten-free crackers, skin cream, and an olive oil called Peace Oil. Peace Oil is still distributed at the co-op because it is made in joint effort between Israelis and Palestinians.

I have been digging to figure out what is at the roots of the conflict over the past 60+ years.

Here are some of my thoughts that reflect that.

Is it possible that the problem with Zionism in Israel is its nationalism,

Is it possible that at the root of problem is the fact that since 1948 the state of Israel has adopted and participated in a pattern, inherited from Western Europe (including Britain and the USA,) of colonialism, which at its core involves systematic violence—oppression and injustice—the subjugation of land and of the indigenous population, the Palestinian people.

more information:
Olympia Food Co-op Boycotts Israel

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