Thursday, July 5, 2018

The SBC Perkspective with Anina Rubio

Seattle's Best Coffee launches The SBC Perkspective - a series of quarterly pocket events that will offer talks, workshops, and informal meet-ups aimed at giving a fresh perspective on how we create and view art, music, photography and other creative processes!

There has always been an intrinsic connection between art and coffee. Coffee, just like art, is a stimulant—it perks up the senses and refreshes the mind. And art, just like coffee, offers a great way to “start fresh,” whether it’s an inspiring song that’s heard first thing in the morning or a vibrant painting that lifts us out of the doldrums in the middle of a tough week.

SBC further explores the bond between coffee and art with the launch of The SBC Perkspective, a series of quarterly pocket events that will offer talks, workshops, and informal meet-ups aimed at giving a fresh perspective on how we create and view art, music, photography and other creative processes. Through this series, SBC is recreated into a space that not only offers great coffee and tasty food, but a go-to place for the community to come together, to be inspired and to conspire, and to come up with novel ideas and a new outlook on things.

For the first run of The SBC Perkspective, SBC enlisted emerging graphic artist and muralist Anina Rubio to turn the glass windows of its BGC branch into a colorful, eye-catching and inspiring backdrop that can whet both our palates and intellectual palettes.

Rubio, who has used her talent to liven up the walls of retail venues and public spaces across the city, brightened up SBC’s BGC branch with her big, bold floral signatures awashed in brilliant, mood-lifting hues. P.S. I colored in one of the pink flowers!!

“I’m very much inspired by nature. You can see it in 98 percent of my artworks. This mural is very personal because I start my day with a shot of espresso or an Iced Americano, and I also have a backyard full of plants, which is a similar setting to what you have here at SBC BGC,” Rubio said during the live painting event-slash-workshop attended by street art fans and bloggers. “Sometimes work gets toxic, sometimes our environment gets toxic. We all want a breather and for me the best way to do that, to start fresh, is to embrace nature more—better if you’re sipping a good cup of coffee.”

Anina’s panoramic piece also inspired the afternoon’s guests to create their own art on SBC’s Premium Tumblers.

The workshop attendees happily decorated their metal canvases while sipping SBCs freshly brewed coffee and refreshing iced tea, and munching on freshly made Chunky Tuna or Ham, Bacon and Egg sandwiches from the kitchen.

When I found out that there was going to be a workshop at the event (with Anina, no less), I adjusted my schedule just to make sure I wouldn't miss it. I've always loved art; unfortunately, it never really agreed with me. Haha! I have joined numerous workshops in the past, from lettering, calligraphy (also with Anina!!), rubber stamp carving, weaving, floral arrangement, and even cooking. I've definitely dabbled in a lot of things. I don't know, I just really enjoy learning new things and getting my hands dirty in the process.

For the workshop, Anina asked us to design our tumblers with items that reminded us about the theme Start Fresh. First thing I thought was, of course, flowers, but I found these really cute planet/galaxy tattoo designs on Pinterest that I just couldn't resist drawing! It was such a fun event (and I got to hang out with some friends I haven't seen in a while) all thanks to Seattle's Best Coffee!!

Also it was pretty interesting to know that they make their food from scratch, unlike in other places where they just reheat everything. So that's definitely good to know. ;)

Mind-energizing coffee, heart-filling food and soul-nourishing art. The SBC Perkspective is transforming SBC spaces across the metropolis into conduits for creativity and communication—not to mention delicious, freshly made coffee and chow.

Stay tuned for the next run of The SBC Perkspective happening in September. Like on Facebook or @seattlesbestph on Instagram to be privy to more info, promos or to get a chance to join the next workshop!
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