So back to the "Ellensburg Blue" appellation: We are just outside the town of Ellensburg, which is the unique home to a beautiful robin's-egg-blue agate. It's highly sought-after and very difficult to find, but I'm told that if one is very diligent and tenacious and has lots and lots of time to search, one might find an Ellensburg blue agate (aka "Ellensburg blue") in any of the myriad rocks lying all around this place. The outside of the rock that houses the agate I hear is quite ordinary, often described as a shriveled up old potato; but when the rock is broken open, the beautiful wonder lies within.
So it's the same with this old brick building: On the outside, it's not a pretty sight at all, but inside there are beautiful studio rooms to work in and lots of places to explore and someday fix up as the place deserves.
Here's a photo of one I found via Google from around here. And, also, here's a story about the Ellensburg-blue agate, too, from the Seattle Times newspaper:
This coming summer, I'll be painting upstairs in an airy, very-well-lighted part of the building that needs a lot of work. The basic structure of the building is sound (we've had it inspected after purchase), and except for some damage done by rain and snow and human mistreatment over the years, it's in pretty good shape. Well, it has "good bones" for the most part. It's going to need a lot of cosmetic work to get it pretty good looking, both inside and out, but it's worth the time and effort -- and cost!! I have a ceramics shop in one room, and my other family members have several rooms that they've claimed for their studio space.
I'll add a lot more photos later when I have more time, including photos of the insides. Plus, I'll be sure to include photos of the landscapes around here (breath-taking!) and of the old red barn just across the road (not a part of our property, but it is a part of the original complex of buildings here that go back to from the late 1800's to the very early 1900's.