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Field Report: Get Out At the Olympic Sculpture Park

August 13, 2012

Hello to all KUOW listeners. This is the event I mentioned on “The Conversation With Ross Reynolds” earlier today.

Although the Cheap Bastard has been wanting to take his family to the Olympic Sculpture Park’s weekly summer art event, Get Out, since he first wrote about it in 2011, he wasn’t able to get there until this past week. And it was worth the wait.

If you haven’t heard of this summer celebration of art, you’re missing out. It runs from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park and has something for just about everybody. For adults, there’s live music (this coming week it will be the Kora Band which combines jazz and West African music), an Art Hit (a fast, fun 15 minute informative lecture on some aspect of the art at the park, drawing and the ever-popular gathering of food trucks to fill your stomach. For kids, there’s an art-related activity. This week it will be a do-it-yourself bike reflector inspired by the dots igniting Australian Aboriginal canvases in SAM’s Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection exhibition. And, of course, there’s the chance to enjoy all this and a beautiful sunset over Elliott Bay.

The Cheap Bastard convinced his unsuspecting wife and kids to go last week, thinking that they would leave the house at 5, maybe 5:30. As it turns out, we left at 6:30 and didn’t get there until 7. Although the event was in full swing, my kids still got a chance to do the art project, making a butterfly garden ornament and we had a lovely dinner while listening to a jazz combo play. And when it was over, we wandered the park, watched trains and took in a lovely sunset before heading home. The same was true this past week when we managed to get there by 6:30.

The only differences were the art project–my kids painted with a butterfly stencil–and the crowd. The Brazilian band that played was so popular that there wasn’t much lawn left to set up our urban campsite. Fortunately, there was plenty of room on the side lawn near the food trucks where we could still hear the music but avoid the crush of people.

Sure, we kept the kids out after their normal bed time, but we had a great time.

Get Out events will continue through Aug. 30th. The best part is, they’re free.

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