My favorite Local Art Venue | Aslan Brewing

I have been so lucky to have been able to share & display my artwork at some great local venues, but by far my favorite has been Aslan Brewing.

I promise it wasn't only because of the great beer or the fact that it is a mini plant haven... ok maybe that last one. 

But when we first came back to Bellingham my sister recommended this brewery that had amazing food and after living in Bozeman Montana for 4 years we had our favorite restaurants we were missing badly so we jumped on any good recommendation. I remember walking into the doors and thinking that the food better be good because I was in love with the building!

Sharing Art Locally | Kendra Castillo

Sorry all of these photos were taken with my iphone... 

Sharing Art Locally | Kendra Castillo
Sharing Art Locally | Kendra Castillo
Local Art Venue | Aslan Brewing
Sharing Art Locally | Kendra Castillo
Sharing Art Locally | Kendra Castillo

There were amazing plants all around the building and wall to ceiling windows that allowed the sunlight to pour in. I remember sitting on my stool at the bar eating food and looking around at all the artwork on display and thinking "how do people get their art into such a neat place like this?" 

Keep in mind that at this point I hadn't picked up a paint brush in almost 1  1/2 years.... 

And as I sit at my desk writing this I want to laugh a little bit, because I think it was this place that stirred something up inside me to start painting again, because shortly after sitting on that bar stool, I painted this piece which allowed me to begin processing my time back in the Pacific Northwest & Ironically that lead to my "Return Home Collection"

So fast forward one year

I had the opportunity to partner with my local art community, which lead to being able to have my art on display for the entire month of January at the place that stirred up the desire to paint again. Sometimes it's funny to look back on life and see how you are shaped by the tiniest moments that stir something inside of you. I'm beginning to embrace those tiny moments and the choices that they bring.

Because man do they bring choices with them... 

Choices to dream big. Choices to stay afraid. Choices to say Yes. Choices to abandon the "what if's"

So now I have to say that I'm so glad I said yes, that I headed to the local art store and bought some cheap brushes and a couple canvases (since all my art supplies were still packed in Colorado). I'm glad I jumped in head first even though I had no idea what I was doing. 

But ultimately I am so grateful that I did all of this, not for the opportunities that I keep being surprised with, but because of all the amazing people I have had the opportunity to meet along the way! 

So if you are one of those people who have commented, purchased something or messaged me just because I want to say a HUGE Thank You!! I truly can't say thank you enough!

Artwork, LifeKendra Castillo