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By Ruby Thompson If you’ve picked up an issue of this newspaper in the past four years, you have seen at least one thing that I’ve drawn. When I came to Evergreen, the Cooper Point Journal was just going back into print form after being solely web-based, and the editor-in-chief at the time was starting everything over from practically nothing. Right now I’m looking at my stack of newspapers, and I am amazed by how much the CPJ has changed, and how much my illustration and artwork has evolved. My identity as an illustrator is separate from my identity as an artist. Illustration is problem-solving for me: I have this box, and within it I have to complement this article in an easy-to-understand and aesthetically pleasing way. It has never stopped being a challenge, which is a big part of why I have continued to do it. In my own art practice I examine how we categorize things in all aspects of life—scientific taxonomy, subculture...

 
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By Andrea Pardo A week before I relocated to Olympia for a writing program at the Evergreen State College, I woke up to an email from my professor, stating I was required to secure a venue for observation three days a week in order to produce a story, and by the first day of class. It was New Year’s Eve, so in the midst of excitement and grief I felt for the end of another year, I frantically searched Google for volunteer opportunities in Olympia, a city I had little to no familiarity with. After a couple hours of anxiously scrolling and Googling random sequences of words based on my interests, I found the website for the Olympia Film Society. As I read about the organization and its presence at the historic Capitol Theater, my intuition told me that this would be the place I wanted to volunteer; a feeling that was further solidified by my first visit the following week.  If you’ve ever walked along 5th avenue, between Washington an...

 
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By Ruby Love This past Thursday marked the opening of sgʷigʷialʔtxʷ at 20: Building upon the Past, Visioning into the Future, a new exhibit at Evergreen Gallery celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Longhouse. I arrived early, and there were already people milling around outside the gallery doors, peering through the glass to get a glimpse of the artwork as gallery assistants rushed to and fro making final preparations. As the doors opened, the gallery quickly filled with people, slowly making their way around the room, which overflowed with the work of over 70 artists. The work on display varied greatly in size, style, and medium, and one might wonder why these artists in particular had been brought together into one exhibit. In celebration of their 20th year, the Longhouse brought together a huge group of artists who “have had had an impact on the work of the Longhouse over the years.” Many of the artists featured in the exh...

 
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By Sarah Bradley SATURDAY 3/12 Waking of the Queen Festival Fertile Ground Community Center. 3pm. $5-$10. The first annual Waking of the Queen Festival is is in honor of the Queen Bee as she lays thousands of eggs—a process which begins in mid-February. This family-friendly event will feature a day of food, music, poetry, and more leading to a ceremony blessing the hives. The celebration will kick off at 3 p.m. with a honey hunt for children, followed by music and poetry. The honey-inspired potluck starts at 5 p.m,, followed by the “blessing of the hives” ceremony at 6:15. The Urban Evergreen Bee Sanctuary is hosting the event at Fertile Ground Community Gardens, downtown near the library. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in bee themed costumes and they are asking for a suggested donation of five to ten dollars, and they ask you bring your own utensils/plates for the potluck. This event will be a great way to honor the noble ...

 
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By Ruby Love When did you start making art? I don’t even know, I think off and on since I was pretty little… Just fresh out of the womb, makin’ art. Yeah that was the first thing I did was paint my mom’s tummy. With her own blood…with our joint blood. That’s my origin story as an artist. (laughs) That’s horrifying. But no, probably like eight. I was doing weird paintings like most children, I think. I liked it, but not enough to ever sit down and do it. It was just like…my dad got me a paint set and I was into it for a couple days and then I stopped my artist career. I was very passionate about it for three days, and then I got over it and just went back and forth into it and not for…ever. Picked it back up at twenty… Yeah, nineteen too. Nineteen was like artist time number one, whenever I lived with my dad and my brother and didn’t have anything to do. But yeah, I haven’t done it as much, I’ve kind of started doing more wri...

 
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By Felix Chrome Blaine Ewig is a poet and photographer. An Evergreen graduate, she used to work at the Cooper Point Journal as our Arts & Culture Editor, and you can find her photographs in many issues of the CPJ. Taylor Sikorski, also an Evergreen Alum, is a comedian, videographer, and photographer. She recently began organizing a comedy open mic focused on providing a platform for women and queer comedians, and works for the public television. After a couple beers, I sat down to chat with them over garlic fries as Le Voyeur. Cooper Point Journal: What is your collaboration process is like? Taylor Sikorski: We both joked about how we are both pushovers but we can be really assertive when we want to be, so that’s been really helpful, we’re both pushovers and not pushovers. Usually we’ll just text each other with weird visuals we get or ideas, it will be out of nowhere like, ‘i just had this idea for a shoot i want to do’ then ...

 
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By Ruby Love March is almost upon us, and with it (hopefully) will come a little bit of sun and the campus will start exiting its sad grumpy state of hibernation. Come out of your caves, Greeners! Don’t be so sad! Sun or not, March also marks the beginning of new art exhibits around the Evergreen campus! First off, if you haven’t seen Prison Obscura at Evergreen Gallery, or Selections from Captured Youth, at Galerie Fotoland (along the wall outside Photoland), you have until Mar. 2 to catch them! If you don’t make it, though, don’t worry, there will be more art soon! Evergreen Gallery is going to be hosting a show celebrating the anniversary of Evergreen’s Longhouse, but they’ve been stingy with the details so far. All I can tell you is that it will be up sometime in March, and it’ll be a cool look at some Evergreen history. Look out for coverage of this exhibit closer to its opening date. I do have details about a photography ex...

 
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By Sara Fabian We’ve all experienced the joys of being a kid. With no responsibilities, other than making sure you push every elevator door button, dirty every white shirt, stare aimlessly in a sandbox, and play with every toy imaginable. A carefree childhood is something we often crave, but rarely revisit. Fortunately for you, Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum has a neverland waiting, their Adult Swim series. On Friday, Feb. 12, the museum opened it’s to doors to the adults of Olympia, not just school related field trips or parents with kids during its normal hours. Adult Swim honors the public pool tradition of kicking the kids out so adults can have the space to themselves. With a growing attendance, these 21-and-up events provide the greater olympia community the opportunity to play for the evening—crawling, sliding, and dancing their way through the museum. Beer, themed cocktails, soft drinks, and snacks from local eaterie...

 
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By Jules Prosser We went undercover. We didn’t know why or how, but we were on a quest for “the truth”. Carol got a fancy secret recorder from Media Loan, and I didn’t even have to ask her to do that, even though I considered it. I needed her—she was good at this shit, and knew what was up. Carol never fails. Since we were incognito, we had to have fake identities. I suggested porn star names because I’m fucking boring. Carol had a better idea. We both have bags with different names Sharpied on them. “Carol” is on hers, obviously, and “Alexis” is on mine. She suggested we use them. She’s so smart. Carol was a standard hot Bo Peep, pink and pretty, with her cascading red hair and garter belt. I dressed up as a maenad, AKA a slutwife of Dionysus, AKA a crazy creature who incites drunken orgies. It was a recycled Halloween costume, but fuck it. I looked okay in my ill-fitting red dress and janky papier-mâchéd horns. My companion lent...

 
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By Ruby Love Originally from San Francisco, Ian Hazard-Bill is an artist working in ceramics, creating beautifully unique functional pottery. I spoke with Hazard-Bill about his process, inspirations, and the challenges of balancing aesthetics and function. Hazard-Bill has been working with clay on and off for the past eight years, starting in high school where he “fell in love” with clay and the processes of shaping, glazing, and firing. “When I first started working on the wheel, it has this mesmerizing quality to it that I sort of got addicted to, and so through working with the material is what kept me interested. The more I’ve learned about it as a material and as a discipline, the more I’ve gotten interested in all of the little firing techniques and types of glazes and other things… but it started with the clay.” After spending three months in Spain post high school for an art internship, Hazard-Bill returned to his hometown...