Music everywhere

There was music all over the host hotel hallways and lobbies! Urban Sketchers Seattle gathered for the 6th year in a row to sketch Wintergrass, a bluegrass festival held in Bellevue, WA.

We had a good turnout.  On the left is Marcia, visiting from Michigan!

While sketching the truck, below, I heard a flute! Once done with the sketch, I went to investigate. I found “Hall Crystal Flutes“. They’re made by James Hall out of glass
I was enthralled. Have a listen. My readers might not know, but I was a serious flutist when I was young and started college as a Music major. I nearly bought one but decided it would be best if I was playing my modern flute more before I add another flute to my collection (I also play – or played – Soprano Recorder). There would  be a learning curve to play the “D” flute, too. Sigh.

Right after starting I went up to the second floor to one of my favorite spots. I found a seat next to a group of musicians and sketched a couple of them.

Next I went to the end of the first floor hall to find the old truck that Loretta mentioned. It is a 1941 Chevrolet 3/4 ton long bed named “Hank”. A young woman stopped to tell me it is her family’s truck and is displayed as the company, FullerLiving Construction, is a sponsor of the festival. Just as I finished, the two guitarists were packing up. Stuart, on the left, is also an artist. I gave him a USk card.

Lastly I stopped by a large group and sketched just a couple of the players. I noticed Steve’s guitar only had 4 strings and he was playing the bass line. Normally, it would be a bass viol. I spoke with him briefly between sets and he said it was specially made for him by Taylor Guitars.

It was a good time. I’m going to think some more about that glass flute!

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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1 Response to Music everywhere

  1. Claudia says:

    The crystal flute is magical! Beautifully decorated; looks as if fairies crafted it!

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