Past Ellensburg Event: VOL 2

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February 20, 2015
@ Gallery One Visual Arts Center

Design in Our City!

Discover the unsuspecting impacts that design has on our lives in Ellensburg. From the skin on your body to the sidewalks that you walk on, design affects us all. Join eight design thinkers and your community for a range of conversations on this one topic, design.


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If You Can Do It, I Can Do It

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

Ben Oblas, a woodworker, shares how he navigates this new DIY world as an artist using the internet and his dad as inspiration. He speaks about dedication and believing in ones ability to start and finish something. 

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Interaction through Architectural Design

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

Fennelle Miller starts her presentation by talking about old and new Ellensburg. She shares her thoughts on using design to be a good neighbor. Fennelle speaks about factors such as changing location of the door and the simple presence of a porch and how it can shift the whole atmoshpere of an infrastructure.

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Behind the Ink

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

Denver Monaghan shares his knowledge about the art of tattooing. He discusses the pleasure of creating designs for people who want to have something to represent an important part of their lives. Denver describes some of his work and how he came about creating each piece. 

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Seeing Everything

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

Stephen Robison shares some of his design influences from viruses seen under a microscope to tattooing. Constant learning is very important in the world of art and design and that is exactly what he is aiming to do. 

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Finding My Own

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

Billy Harrell shares that inspiration can also be locally grown. Billy speaks about seeing other places, gaining experiences, and finally, going back to his roots and finding a connection with everything around him.

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Bridging Gaps, Linking Paths

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

Bill Yarwood discusses the Central Washington University campus master plan. Specifically, he speaks about the importance of connecting the 7-block distance between the campus and downtown Ellensburg. Bill speaks about the necessity of trails and paths, and how they influence one’s understanding of their locale.

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Learning from Nature

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

Good design makes great music. Josh Humphrey talks about the work that he has done in his career. His passion for woodwork and appreciation for nature became evident as he speaks about choosing materials and how much that can influence the design an artist creates. 

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Creating the Character Within

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

From nature to the stage, the world influences Cat's world. Cat McMillen discusses her inspiration and the factors that make her who she is. She mentions the importance of versatility in art and seeing all the possibilities. Cat speaks about how feeling every movement, color, and texture from the art around us taps into people's creative energy. 

Billy Harrell
Freelance Graphic Designer in Ellensburg
Bill Yarwood
Director of Capital Planning and Projects, Central Washington University in Ellensburg
Denver Monaghan
Artist and Owner, Art & Soul Tattoo in Ellensburg
Stephen Robison
Associate Professor, Central Washington University in Ellensburg
Josh Humphrey
Musician & Luthier, JBH Guitars in Ellensburg
Fennelle Miller
Archaeologist/Historic Preservationist in Ellensburg
M. Catherine "Cat" McMIllen
Costume Shop Manager, Theatre Department, Central Washington University in Ellensburg
Ben Oblas
Cabinet Maker in Kalispell