Karen Moves On!

April 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

We saw this article in the paper this morning.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/apr/05/arts-director-mobley-steps-down/

We are a little stunned, but not surprised. It has been a long time since we all felt the arts stood proud in Spokane. We have loved the work Karen has been doing with the city over the past 15 years. We were very sad, if not angry, to know she was not going to remain in the city structure and her City budget supported position.

Karen has been a hub of connection for all the creative fields in Spokane. Not just the visual arts, and definitely not just public art. The current show at the Chase gallery is one example of her work: a collaboration between visual and literary artists, and between mature and young creatives. Karen knew the broad range of artists in this community. Karen stunned us as she described best wood carver in Spokane, who is also homeless and living in a camp. Some of us have been in meetings with theater, symphony, jazz, pop, hip-hop musicians, ballet choreographers and performers, a couple visual artists, a couple owners and managers of fabricating companies, foundries, lighting specialists, the opera house, novelists, and then the painters and neon folks, and film producers, and have watched in awe as Karen steers the discussion to coordinating a project.

Yet, this is another step as Spokane and our creative community continues its re-boot cycle.

Some of us are going to re-visit the podcast of our symposium on the state of the arts in Spokane that Scott Kolbo organized.

Remember that? Remember him? Remember when the museum had an arts curator? Remember, remember?

Maybe we are just waxing nostalgic (so Spokane) about what is passing as Karen returns to her studio. We love the studio, and welcome her to keep working. But we also love what she has helped make here.

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