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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: Portraits

PORTRAITS

May 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

A master of making art from old vacuums

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Will Flannery can transform your grandmother’s old Hoover into a piece of art.

Sketched May 20, 2014

Hoarders like me always have an excuse to avoid spring cleaning. Why not make something out of all that junk in the garage instead of throwing it away?

Vacuum repairman Will Flannery proves my point. He recycles old parts from machines he can’t fix and turns them into art. While he worked at the Vac Shop in Georgetown years ago, he created eye-catching works still on display outside the shop. You can’t drive along 4th Avenue South without noticing the uncanny Groucho Marx or Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer — all made out of unusable vacuums people dropped off or traded in.

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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

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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Comments | More in Community, Portraits | Topics: Central District

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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Comments | More in Food and restaurants, History, Portraits | Topics: Dick's Drive-In, Wallingford

January 17, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Divided by football, but still united in love

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Rivalries aside, football means “family time” for Mollie Martin. “I love the football season because it’s the only time we all get to hang out in the same room.”
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Sketched Jan. 14-16, 2014

I got a pretty good idea of how much some Seahawk fans despise the 49ers when I sketched Gary Buchanan’s “Hawk One” tailgating motor home at the beginning of the season. Lift the toilet seat inside the vehicle’s restroom and guess what you see down there: a San Francisco 49ers bumper sticker to aid as a target.

In the postseason, though, I’ve come across an opposite reality. Love and understanding between Seahawks and 49ers fans is still possible, even when they live under the same roof.

Jason Martin has been married to a die-hard 49er’s fan for 18 years. “We couldn’t handle political differences,” he said, but football is OK. It helps to have three TV screens to watch the multiple games at once during the regular season, added Martin.

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December 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Dickens Carolers put lots of effort into making it look easy

Tenor Nathan Rodda, right, shared a little-known fact about the Dickens Carolers of Seattle: The soprano and the tenor always wear red, and the alto and bass, green. The other carolers, from left to right, are John Huddlestun, Shoshauna Mohlman and Maggie Tisdale. —ooo— Sketched Dec. 10, 2013 So far this holiday season, this quartet of Dickens Carolers has…

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August 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Trolley car revives historic Issaquah railway

Trolley volunteer Barbara Justice operates the vintage streetcar during a test of the new traffic signals installed at Front Street. —ooo— I never thought I would ride a Portuguese trolley anywhere but in Lisbon, where I lived for a few months in the late ’90s. —ooo— Sketched July 30, 2013 Some cities love trolleys more than others. While Seattle…

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Comments | More in History, Portraits, Transportation | Topics: Issaquah

May 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM

A whiz at building bike gizmos

Sketched April 23, 2013 Where was Colin Stevens when I first moved to the U.S. and couldn’t afford to buy a car? I could have used one of his “cycletrucks” to carry my groceries and one of his heavy-duty bike trailers to haul the little furniture that fit in my apartment. “Haulin’ Colin,” as he is…

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