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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Community
November 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

It’s time for the Saints to go marching

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Sketched Nov. 18, 2014

It’s almost show time for Fassli and Darla.

Friday morning, the enormously cute St. Bernards will be cheering up the crowds at the Macy’s Holiday Parade in downtown Seattle.

They’ll be joined by more than 20 other “Saints” and their owners, including Rick Boldt, of Auburn, and about 30 other members of the St. Bernard Club of Puget Sound. The owners wear black pants and red jackets while their “reindeer” pull kids and grown-ups in festively decorated carts.

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November 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Video rentals can still be a neighborhood cottage industry

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Sketched Nov. 12, 2014

Gabi_1114_Reckless_03This just in: Reckless Video, an independently owned video store in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, is NOT closing!

That’s tongue-in-cheek, of course, but you get the point. In the rapidly changing landscape of local retail, it’s worth highlighting unique businesses facing tough economic realities.

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Comments | More in Buildings, Businesses, Community, Portraits | Topics: Maple Leaf

September 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Crowdfunded dream becomes stand-up reality

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Gabi_0918_P_Theater_03Sketched Sept. 12, 2014

Pocket Theater founder Clayton Weller is in the midst of a crowdfunded dream.

A year ago, the 29-year-old entertainment impresario was raising money for his project on Kickstarter. And on a recent Friday evening, he was sitting at the sound controls of his brand new performing venue on Greenwood Avenue North and watching spectators react to the first stand-up act of the evening.

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Comments | More in Businesses, Community, Portraits | Topics: Greenwood

September 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Ancient apple orchard still bears fruit in the city

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Sketched Sept. 11, 2014

Harvest time at Piper’s Orchard has started and Don Ricks is up on a ladder, loading handfuls of Tompkins King apples into a bucket strapped to his torso. Every now and then, he throws one to curious passers-by walking on the trail nearby and he’s happy to answer questions.

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Comments | More in Community, Food and restaurants, History, P-Patches and gardens

September 5, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Colony of floating homes a center of attention

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Sketched Sept. 4, 2014

Considering it wasn’t in “Sleepless in Seattle,” the rundown floating home you see above attracts a lot of attention.

As I sneaked in to sketch on the swaying dock, curious paddleboarders came in close, and people on Jet Skis snapped photos with their smartphones. I also overheard a kayaker shouting to his fellow paddlers: “This is the oldest floating home in Seattle.”

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Comments | More in Community, History, Waterscapes | Topics: Lake Union, Portage Bay

June 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Long wait for new bridge is over, South Park to party

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Sketched June, 24, 2014

Four years ago, the South Park neighborhood lost an important link to the rest of Seattle when its aging bridge over the Duwamish River was closed for safety reasons. Residents were angry and business owners worried about their future: “Please, don’t let the bridge close,” read a big sign of protest that I sketched back then.

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Comments | More in Community, Construction | Topics: South Park

March 7, 2014 at 7:06 PM

The pain of neighborhood change reflected in the lyrics of hip-hop artist Draze

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Sketched Feb. 27, 2014

Every time I go to South Seattle and the Central District, I see more and more homes being renovated and new apartment buildings under construction. This city changes fast.

But homegrown hip-hop artist Dumi Maraire, best known as Draze, sees something my eyes have missed: The forces of gentrification are uprooting the black community.

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