‘Garboil’ grant for West Seattle artist Kelly Lyles

(Kelly Lyles, center, photo by Dina Lydia Johnson)
When we photographed Highland Park artist Kelly Lyles at the Twilight Artist Collective show during West Seattle Art Walk last Thursday, little did we know she had been feted the night before, receiving a grant as lively as her work: The Conductive Garboil Grant. Another Highland Park artist (and dancer, and photographer), Dina Lydia Johnson, shares the news, plus the photo of Kelly and this video of her lightheartedly accepting the award:

The Conductive Garboil (that last word is a very old term for a disrupter) is a $3,000 grant given by organizations including 4Culture. Dina says Kelly declared, “”I’m thrilled to be the grantee; it means a lot, the peer recognition as much as the financial reward.” Dina has more photos on Flickr here, including the splashy outfit she wore to honor Kelly. She and her work – including her well-known “art car” – are online at kellyspot.com.

8 Replies to "'Garboil' grant for West Seattle artist Kelly Lyles"

  • moxilot October 19, 2010 (9:16 am)

    Kelly is easily one of the most fascinating and fun people I’ve ever met. Congrats, Kelly!

  • Mike D. October 19, 2010 (10:44 am)

    Good on you Kelly!
    btw-I thought North Delridge claimed Kelly, not Highland Park?

    • WSB October 19, 2010 (11:11 am)

      The subject line of Dina’s note mentioned Highland Park, I’ll doublecheck! She also mentioned, and I forgot to put it in the story, a Flickr group for Highland Park Arts-related photos and news …


  • Kelly Lyles October 19, 2010 (11:09 am)

    Thanks, all of you, I had no idea Dina was doing this, & the W. Sea. blog (which FYI is competing for “best of” on King 5’s contest, I voted for ’em, of course). I’m VERY appreciative, & hoping it will spread the word on my CANDYLAND paintings, the rain kept a lot of our audience away on opening night. West Seattle “rocks”!

  • Dina Lydia October 19, 2010 (11:50 am)

    Yes, Highland Park area folks, please join my above-mentioned Flickr group to share photos showcasing creativity, beauty, and any artistic eccentricity in our hood!

    Thanks, Tracy!

  • sophista-tiki October 19, 2010 (1:27 pm)

    YAY KELLY !!!!!

  • jay October 19, 2010 (8:32 pm)

    I think we can claim Kelly as part of North Delridge. Last year there was a big one-night gathering of art cars on her block, which was pretty amusing (and I hope to see it again next year).

  • Jo David October 20, 2010 (11:42 am)

    Yay Kelly!
    You’re the Best!

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