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Meet the Artist: Webster Crowell Brings Junk to Life

Rebecca Lund

Communications & Programs Intern

The crowd gets involved in making animation with Webster.

On June 1, 2013, Webster Crowell had Ballard building materials shop, ReStore, swarming with attendees for his Meet the Artist event. A veteran filmmaker and animator, Crowell discussed and improvised animation from 10am until 5pm – the goal for the day: “Grab anything from around the store and make it come to life.” He began by assembling filmable objects from what he calls “junk” – things like “anthropomorphic hand tools [and] oven knobs suitable for conquering the world” – atop a prop table concocted with parts from the shop’s salvage bins. Upwards of 150 artists, contractors, and local families, as well as the shop’s two cats, gathered around the table at various intervals during the day to watch Crowell work his magic with a camera, and even to take over filming as Crowell cheered them on.

Watch the finished video!

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Artist Trust’s Meet the Artist program is an integral component of the annual Artist Trust Fellowships. Every Fellowship recipient presents an event outside of their geographic area of residence or to a community that would not ordinarily have access to their work. Meet the Artist bridges our artistic community with the diverse communities in Washington State, increasing awareness about the vital roles the arts and artists play in our culture.