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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: History


January 9, 2015 at 5:05 PM

Police museum salutes those who’ve worn the uniform


Sketched Jan. 6, 2015

Gabi_0109_SeaPolice_01Seattle cops, circa 1900, looked pretty spiffy. They wore high-collared shirts, heavy frock coats and tall helmets that not only helped them stand out in a crowd but conveniently stored their sandwiches. More interestingly, they didn’t carry handguns openly. They had to unbutton their coats to reach their pistols.


Comments | More in History, Museums | Topics: Pioneer Square

September 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Ancient apple orchard still bears fruit in the city


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.


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


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.”


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

July 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

South Lake Union’s past won’t be entirely blocked by development


Sketched July 8, 2014

I’ve had my eye on the Troy Laundry building in South Lake Union since I started working at The Seattle Times, which is just around the corner, almost eight years ago.

I used to sketch it from my window at the old Times building. And I’ve often walked by on my way to lunch or to check the food trucks that congregate in the area.


Comments | More in Buildings, Businesses, History | Topics: South Lake Union

May 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Mother’s Day plant sale recalls Shoreline mom’s gardening legacy


“Wood Wave” is a 10-foot-tall salvaged redwood repurposed as a climbable art piece by sculptor Bruce Johnson. Enid Kruckeberg said it’s the largest public art in the City of Shoreline. (Yes, larger than the Ponies!)

Sketched May 6, 2014

Gabi_0509_kruckeberg_01Here’s a unique place I would take my mom for Mother’s Day if she didn’t live on another continent: The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline.

Mareen and Art Kruckeberg, a local horticulturist-botanist couple, moved to this 4-acre property in 1958 and transformed their grassy backyard into a world-class garden home to more than 2,000 plant species and some cool art installations.


Comments | More in History, Nature, Parks, Portraits, Public art | Topics: Shoreline

April 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

In the land of the proud WSU cougar, first-time visitor finds a lot to root for

Sketched April 19 and 20, 2014

It took me eight years, but I finally set foot in Eastern Washington. That part of the state felt like a peaceful and beautiful place to live, though not “evergreen” at all.

From the campus of Washington State University atop College Hill in Pullman, I admired an expansive view of rolling hills and vast blue skies that reminded me a bit of southwestern Spain.


Comments | More in History, Statues | Topics: Pullman

March 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Nothing curious about this old shop’s success


Sketched March 6, 2014

Shrunken heads from the Amazon. A two-headed lamb. Totem poles carved by local Native Americans. A hat worn by Chief Seattle.

The Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on Pier 54 isn’t the tourist trap I expected. It’s like a museum that epitomizes the same weird Seattle I love for its Fremont Troll, Archie McPhee or the Pike Place Gum Wall.


Comments | More in Businesses, History | Topics: Downtown waterfront

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