Meet Contributor Kimberly Hereford
Kimberly Hereford is Seattle Greenlaker’s history and art contributor. A Green Lake resident for the past several years, Kimberly has a passion for history and the arts and loves finding both of those subjects right here in Green Lake. She has worked with several local museums to help curate their exhibits and is completing her art dissertation. Somehow she still has time to write about Green Lake’s history, art and beyond. Seattle Greenlakers meet Kimberly!
How long have you been a Greenlaker?
I’ve lived in Green Lake for nearly 6 years. I can hardly believe it’s been that long!
What’s your favorite part about living in Green Lake?
I know everyone says this..but it really is the beauty of the lake and the park . Green Lake always feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, which I love. I also appreciate the strong sense of community we have, it’s great to walk around and see all my neighbors!
Any hidden gems you’ve found after living in the neighborhood?
I have quite a few!
In the heart of Green Lake is the American Athlete gym. It’s a smaller gym and has been a fixture in Green Lake for approximately 32 years. Everyone is so friendly and knows you by name, it’s great way to start the day.
Fix Coffeehouse makes a perfect cappuccino and offers a great view of the lake. They also have “Tuesday Trivia” which makes for a fun weekday night.
Nearby is the antique store Ageing Fancies. It’s full of beautiful and unique items, I never leave empty handed!
What’s the longest thing you’ve ever written? (This question will obviously speak to your dissertation unless you’ve written other longer papers?)
That’s easy, my dissertation!!! I can hardly believe I am nearly finished and I am so excited!
As an independent curator what exhibits have you been a part of that were the most memorable/that you were most proud of?
All of the exhibitions I have been involved with have been very special and memorable. One that stands out is the exhibition for the Tacoma Art Museum, Sitting For History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture. The exhibition included such a diverse range of portraits, from Renoir to notable Northwest artists and explored the role of portraiture in society. We even had a “portrait station” where visitors could create their own portraits, very cool!
What kinds of art or history events/subjects are you drawn to in Green Lake?
I appreciate how many wonderful artists we have in Green Lake and always enjoy seeing local artist showcased in our local businesses.
As an art historian, I am drawn to the history of the people and places of Green Lake. It only takes a bit of research to discover Green Lake is full of some pretty incredible architectural and historic treasures, some are obvious and some not. I am excited to share this all with Greenlakers!