Today I was recognized at the Renton BPW (Business and Professional Women) as 2012-13 Women of Achievement. Renton’s Mayor and the Renton City Council are declaring National Business Women’s Week during October in Renton, WA. Today at a luncheon Sabrina Mirante, CEO Renton Chamber was selected as our 2012-13 Woman of the Year. This was such an amazing group, and I thank you all for the support. Unfortunately there was some confusion and I was unable to give my thank you speech. So here it is………..
Thank you Renton Business and Professional Women for this amazing event and recognition. Over the past 5 years I have had the most amazing experiences. Being in business in Renton has taught me so much about myself, this community, and all the amazing people who come together to work for something they love. Being in my shop, happy delusions, was a blessing on so many levels. Allowing me the time to really get in touch with the community thru volunteering to help bring events to our downtown core, and also allowed me the time to commit to running the Art Market for Renton River Days. These all being things that I was excited to emerge myself in, and grow as a person and business women. But ultimately what I got from all of this was a community who without real reason opened their hearts to me. Every day in my shop and out in the town people would come up and want to talk about events, and hear my thoughts, and try to understand what was going on around them. People would come in and get my suggestions on all kinds of things from politics, to best places to dine or ride their bikes. It was an honor, and completely unexpected.
My life has been a series of setting out with intention and bringing my dreams into reality. I couldn’t have done this without help. Today I would like not only to say thank you to this group and community, but also to the City of Renton and all the local business owners who’ve helped me along my path, Laurie Hamilton for nominating me for this, to Armondo Pavoni for being a guide to me as I entered into the world of business in downtown, to Toni Nelson for giving me the confidence to speak my mind. Mike Moskowitz for being the best neighbor and partner I could ask for. I thank you for so much. My Gramma and Papa Clymer for teaching me the value community just by being who they were, and my parents, whom have always encouraged me to go for it, and remind me that the only time you fail is when you don’t get back up and try again.
As many of you may know, I am going thru the process of closing my shop. The experience comes with a lot of different emotions, and of all the amazing attention I have been fortunate enough to get through my time involved this one coming from other women professionals, at just the right time means the most. Thank you.
Saturday, August 20th
11:00am – 6:00pm
Discover what all the buzz is about in Renton! The 6th Annual Downtown Renton Art & Antique Walk livens up Downtown’s streets with paintings, multi-media, pottery, sculpture, crafts and photography displays from over 100 local artists. Meet the artists, explore the antiques, enjoy live music and dance performances and rediscover Downtown Renton. Exhibits and performances mostly along S 3rd. Plentiful free parking.
What’s new for the 2011 Renton Art and Antique Walk
The Piazza Park (S 3rd & Burnett Ave S) will be the site of a cultural arts fair with live entertainment and artwork. For more information to participate in this great event, please contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to display and sell art in the Renton Art & Antique Walk?
Apply here; $15 registration fee, no commissions collected on sales; add your profile to our page for just $5 more (Walk registration required).
Plan to attend the Renton Art & Antique Walk?
Renton Art & Antique Walk maps and more information about activities will be available here by August 13th. If you have any questions, please e-mail info@ArtsUnlimited.org.
August is here, and it seems that summer is too! Finally. And to celebrate we have Jennifer Brooks-Owen back by popular demand. This time she comes at us with something a little different. Although I suppose we always expect something a little different from this one.
Jennifer Brooks Owen is a multi-media artist residing in Renton Wa. Her work ranges from handmade glass jewelry to multimedia paintings on paper. Jennifer has received her art degree from Oklahoma State University in illustration and was awarded the Universal Limited Art Editions (U.L.A.E.) internship in New York City. She served as an artist assistant to Elizabeth Murray, Carroll Dunham and Jane Hammond as well as master printers assistant at U.L.A.E. Jennifer moved to Renton in 2004 and has been exhibiting at Happy Delusions since 2009.
From 5-9 This Friday, August 5th come in for some wine, tasty treats, art, and meet this amazing artist. I know I’m excited to see all the new vibrant floral pieces Jennifer has been working on over the last couple of months. It’s going to be a grand time for sure, I can’t imagine a night with Mrs Brooks-Owen being anything less than fantastic! See ya there.
Starting this Friday, May 20th the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will be making it’s Renton debut! Join us for the SIFF-Renton Opening Night Screening & Gala at the Renton Pavilion Event Center located adjacent to The Piazza in Downtown Renton. Here we will watch a film by Mario Van Peebles titled, “Black, White, & Blues”, starring, Morgan Simpson, Michael Clarke Duncan, local Tom Skerritt, Luke Perry, Kiele Sanchez, and Taryn Manning. Then following the film we will mingle and have tasty treats from Renton’s finest restaurants, and you never know you might show up at one of these events. I’m just sayin.
I had the opportunity last week to see multiple previews for some of the upcoming films that will be shown here in Renton during the downtown film walk. Besides the Gala event this Friday, I’m most excited to see “Boy“. A film out of New Zealand by Taika Waitit. The same guy who brought “Eagle Vs. Shark” into my life, which I love, so I can’t wait to see what this film will bring. It show’s here in Renton May 26th at 6:30.
SIFF will be hosting a week-long screening of films at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center from May 20–26, 2011. The City of Renton is honored to become part of the longest running, largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States. Thousands of visitors will be coming into Renton from throughout the region and the world to experience our city, restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
It goes down tomorrow people! FREE games, prizes, popcorn, and trick or treating along the streets of Downtown Renton. Party goes from 1-4 in Main Street Square. Enter on Main between South 2nd and South 3rd streets. Basically just across the street from Uptown Glassworks and Venus Moon.
Come one come all. this will be our 5th year putting on this fabulous event for all in the community to come enjoy. Be sure to stop in happy delusions for some candy and to see my super sweet garden gnome get up.
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