This past week I learned about an awesome new music venue in Spokane that will open next spring. It's being started by an old acquaintance, Karli Ingersoll, and her husband Caleb. Karli is an incredible musician and graphic designer and we hung out a couple times during my time in Spokane. I'm super excited to see this endeavor come together and would absolutely love to take a little road trip over to Spokane to see a show at The Bartlett.
I still have a thing for Spokane. When I was going to school there, I often would get annoyed with students who were from other, "cooler" cities, like Seattle. They would constantly complain about how there wasn't anything to do in Spokane, though they would never take the effort to actually get off campus and see what was actually going on in Spokane's art and music scene. By the time I got to my senior and fourth year of living in Spokane, I decided I wanted to do something to expose those people on campus to what was going on in the city. If they weren't willing to go see what awesome things were going on, what amazing art shows were happening, what incredible local musicians were playing at cool venues... well then I would bring it to them in the form of a magazine. I put out my first issue of Corsair, a full color magazine fully funded, designed, and put together by me. I recruited a few friends to help write articles and shoot some additional photos, but for the most part it was my pet project. I met so many amazing artists and musicians, and visited some incredible bars, restaurants, and venues and my love for the city grew 10 times!
Karli was one of the artists featured in my first issue. At the time she was working as a graphic artist for a local firm and playing music in venues around Spokane and the Northwest. She is one of the most talented and passionate women I know, and I'm a big fan of supporting the endeavors of other creative, passionate, and entrepreneurial ladies out there.
If you're a graphic design nerd like me, you'll love seeing this little timelapse of the process Karli went through to get to the final design for The Bartlett's logo!
I know there are probably not a ton of you who live in Spokane or even the Northwest, but if you want to help Karli and Caleb start this awesome new contribution to the music and culture scene in Spokane, you can contribute to making The Bartlett become a reality by clicking and donating here.
all photos via The Bartlett facebook page