Jaris English

The art of writing

The art of writing

The process of writing is a mystery to most people. People dream of becoming writers — but they want to have written — not to… Continue reading

 

The digital divide

The digital divide

It took me many years to learn the difference between a cord and a cable, and I’m still not sure I completely understand. When I… Continue reading

 

Dragon Lady’s sculptures go from Renton to worldwide recognition | THE CREATIVE SIDE

Dragon Lady’s sculptures go from Renton to worldwide recognition | THE CREATIVE SIDE

Kim Beaton is sculpting a new path for artists with her new, non-toxic clay called Pal Tiya.

 

Barbara Nilson poses for a photo near the mantle of her Renton log cabin.

Local icon reflects on a life of travel and history writing | THE CREATIVE SIDE

There is a woman in Renton who is an absolute treasure. Her name is Barbara Nilson, and she has touched the lives of multiple generations in King County, from her days as a high school teacher, through the years of volunteering for the arts and authoring books on local history.

Barbara Nilson poses for a photo near the mantle of her Renton log cabin.
Barbara Nilson poses for a photo near the mantle of her Renton log cabin.

Local icon reflects on a life of travel and history writing | THE CREATIVE SIDE

There is a woman in Renton who is an absolute treasure. Her name is Barbara Nilson, and she has touched the lives of multiple generations in King County, from her days as a high school teacher, through the years of volunteering for the arts and authoring books on local history.

Barbara Nilson poses for a photo near the mantle of her Renton log cabin.
Darrell Duffey's impression have landed him gigs in Las Vegas and in films.

Renton’s man of many voices keeps the characters coming | THE CREATIVE SIDE

Darrell Duffey's Richard Nixon impression has landed him roles in multiple films.

Darrell Duffey's impression have landed him gigs in Las Vegas and in films.
Darrell Duffey's impression have landed him gigs in Las Vegas and in films.

Renton’s man of many voices keeps the characters coming | THE CREATIVE SIDE

Darrell Duffey's Richard Nixon impression has landed him roles in multiple films.

Darrell Duffey's impression have landed him gigs in Las Vegas and in films.
Harold Johnson sits in his studio surrounded by examples of his work.

An afternoon with Renton’s very own da Vinci | THE CREATIVE SIDE

A self-taught artist, Harold Johnson has won many awards and participated in internationally renowned shows, with commissions for his original oil paintings selling for as much as $27,000.

Harold Johnson sits in his studio surrounded by examples of his work.
Harold Johnson sits in his studio surrounded by examples of his work.

An afternoon with Renton’s very own da Vinci | THE CREATIVE SIDE

A self-taught artist, Harold Johnson has won many awards and participated in internationally renowned shows, with commissions for his original oil paintings selling for as much as $27,000.

Harold Johnson sits in his studio surrounded by examples of his work.
Renton author Jeanne Mathews has  completed the fifth novel in a series about mysterious murders investigated by her heroine

There’s no mystery to Renton author’s success | THE CREATIVE SIDE

Jeanne Mathews will be doing a book signing at 6 p.m. May 11 at Renton Technical College. Proceeds will benefit the arts programs of Allied Arts of Renton.

Renton author Jeanne Mathews has  completed the fifth novel in a series about mysterious murders investigated by her heroine
Renton old-time rock ‘n’ roll  band 24 HR Diesel covers classics by Chuck Berry

24HR Diesel brings that old time rock n roll to Renton | THE CREATIVE SIDE

"Unlike many bands, most of 24 Hour Diesel are not longtime musicians who have been playing for their shot at stardom since they were kids."

Renton old-time rock ‘n’ roll  band 24 HR Diesel covers classics by Chuck Berry
Artist Ned Mueller works at his studio in Renton. He paints

Painting the world from a studio in the Renton Highlands | THE CREATIVE SIDE

"Ned Mueller, who has lived in Renton for 35 years, is acknowledged as an extremely accomplished artist both locally and in many parts of the world."

Artist Ned Mueller works at his studio in Renton. He paints
Terri Swier is the artist responsible for many of the holiday window scenes you see around town.

Painting the town in holiday colors | THE CREATIVE SIDE

Terri Swier at TJ Grafix has been creating murals and hand painted signs locally for several years.

Terri Swier is the artist responsible for many of the holiday window scenes you see around town.

Renton’s Sahalia celebrates the art of the belly dance | THE CREATIVE SIDE

she stood in a long line at the community center to sign up for a microwave cooking class. Unfortunately, the class was full. She asked, “What else do you have?” When they mentioned a belly dancing class, it was kismet.

The Interface statue at Coulon Park

Renton’s public art displays add beauty to city spaces | THE CREATIVE SIDE

"There are sculptures in various locations, including the fire stations. Paintings can be found in the public buildings. Mosaic benches are at the entrance of City Hall, and some art pieces serve as fountains."

The Interface statue at Coulon Park
Woody Smith and Dan Sullivan pose for a photo at L.A. Frames.

The artwork is not complete until it gets the right frame | THE CREATIVE SIDE

The framing of a work of art is an important creative aspect of the artistic process.

Woody Smith and Dan Sullivan pose for a photo at L.A. Frames.
Cevin Waffle and Annette Goes display a quilt at their downtown store.

The art of quilting is alive and well | THE CREATIVE SIDE

"And now, I too have a new appreciation for the art of quilt making, which includes a blend of tradition with modern technology."

Cevin Waffle and Annette Goes display a quilt at their downtown store.
Artist Louis Anderson poses near one of his watercolors. Anderson is a prolific painter who says his work 'keeps getting better' with age.

Polio doesnt slow prolific Renton watercolorist | THE CREATIVE SIDE

Louis Anderson's paintings can be found in several public buildings and private homes, both here in Renton and throughout the Northwest.

Artist Louis Anderson poses near one of his watercolors. Anderson is a prolific painter who says his work 'keeps getting better' with age.
Allied Arts Scholarship winner Sophie Ossorio

Second Allied Arts scholarship goes to young oboe player | THE CREATIVE SIDE

"The scholarship was started last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Allied Arts and is designed to help talented young students to further their training in their artistic field."

Allied Arts Scholarship winner Sophie Ossorio
The Renton City Concert Band

Renton City Concert Band keeps traditions alive | THE CREATIVE SIDE

With solid support from Renton city officials, the Renton Community Services Department, experienced leadership within the band and many appreciative audiences, the band has become an important part of the community’s culture.

The Renton City Concert Band