Meet the Artists behind the Black Lives Matter Art Walk

Welcome to the archived installments of the Feature the Artist Event – An insider look into the local artists and business owners that make up the downtown Renton’s BLM Art Walk! View the videos below to hear personal stories from local artists and the business owners who support their work. ⁠

In this first video, LaShawn shares how he got involved in creating art and explains the inspiration behind the paintings on display at Mr. Naturalz Salon in Downtown Renton.  

In this next video, LaShawn tells the story behind his Misty Copeland series, the first black female principal ballerina.  Tara Steed, Director of Ascendance Pole & Aerial Arts, talks about the mission and services available at the studio.

In the video below, Rueben Turk, owner of Mr. Naturalz Salon, talks about the inspiration for developing the salon.

Meet Kristin Greer (, Army veteran, local artist, and contributor to the BLM art walk, and Tawney Kinnebrew, founder of Wyldwood Creative in Downtown Renton. Kristin explains the inspiration behind her art pieces on display at Wyldwood Creative in Downtown Renton.  Tawney shares what motivated her to open her shop and why she is excited to be apart of the BLM art walk. Video credit: @unlikely_housewife on instagram

Meet EssThaArtist ((@d.t.i.creativestudiosix on instagram), local artist and contributor to the BLM art walk, and Kenneth Rogers, one of the owners of the Renton Pavilion and Rain City Catering in Downtown Renton (@raincitycatering). 


EssThaArtist shares her journey in becoming an abstract artist and explains the inspiration behind her art pieces on display at the Renton Pavilion.  Kenneth talks about how they have adapted the business model to manage the challenges of the COVID pandemic.


Video cred: @unlikely_housewife on instagram