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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: History

HISTORY

July 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

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

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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.

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May 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

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

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“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.

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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

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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.

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Comments | More in History, Statues | Topics: Pullman

March 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Nothing curious about this old shop’s success

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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.

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

January 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Museum stands out in a park of attractions

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Sketched Jan. 28, 2014

The Seattle Asian Art Museum location in Volunteer Park may be both a curse and a blessing.

Its splendid art deco building is a perfect match for its setting high on Capitol Hill. But the grounds are so beautiful that you may lose track of time climbing up the Water Tower or peeking through Isamu Noguchi’s “Black Sun” sculpture before you go into the museum.

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January 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Dick’s stands pat, celebrates 60 years of flipping simple, beloved burgers

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Sketched Jan. 16, 2014

The highlight of my first visit to a Dick’s Drive-In five years ago was meeting restaurant founder, Dick Spady, who is now 90. The low point was realizing that Dick’s burgers don’t come with my favorite ingredient: A slice of tomato.

Dick’s no-tomato policy doesn’t have much to do with tomatoes per se. Adding any extra ingredients would be a huge change, marketing director Jasmine Donovan told me recently as I drew Dick’s crew members in action at the restaurant’s original location in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

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January 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Queen Anne Library to turn page on century of memories

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Sketched Jan. 2, 2014

Some of my happiest childhood memories are of the hours reading and drawing at my neighborhood library in Spain. There I amused myself copying characters from my favorite comic books.

I experienced a bit of that creative feeling a few days ago at the Queen Anne Library. Only, instead of drawing cartoons, I sketched an interesting exhibit of period clothing that included the stiff morning suit you see in my sketch. The attire contrasted with the casual sportswear worn by a man who was browsing his digital reader. (Thank goodness for fashion evolution!)

The garments from the Goodwill Vintage Fashion Collection add to the historic atmosphere of the branch, which is hosting a 100th anniversary party Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. During the event, assistant branch manager Jennifer Force will share a scrapbook of memories that patrons are submitting in person and by email to carnegiememories@spl.org.

I had never been to the cozy old library before, but I hope this column can qualify for the memory book.

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