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!