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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: Portraits


January 17, 2015 at 1:08 AM

Artist stands tall as murals survive


Sketched, Dec. 2, 2014

Andrew Morrison started his “Great Walls of Indian Heritage” in 2001 to give students at Indian Heritage School “something to look at and feel proud of.” This painting shows a member of the Blackfeet Indian tribe he meet at a gathering in British Columbia.


It wasn’t until I stood in front of Native American artist Andrew Morrison’s murals on a cold December morning that I really grasped how powerful — and valuable — they are.

Morrison’s towering paintings on the Wilson-Pacific School campus in North Seattle are among just a few notable examples of local public art honoring Native Americans that come to mind. Though pleasing in their own way, totem poles and the sculpture of Chief Seattle at Tilikum Place park can’t compare to the sheer size and impact of Morrison’s 25-foot-high murals.


Comments | More in Portraits, Public art

November 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Video rentals can still be a neighborhood cottage industry

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.


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

September 26, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Coffee drinks for Seahawks fans

Sketched Sept. 17, 2014

If you want a caramel macchiato, ask for an “Interception.” A “Touchdown” will get you a mocha, and a “First Down,” a latte.

That’s the right terminology at a new drive-thru stand near 196th Street Southwest in Lynnwood where baristas don referee jerseys and give out little blue footballs as punch cards.


Comments | More in Businesses, Portraits, Sports | Topics: Lynnwood, Seahawks

September 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Crowdfunded dream becomes stand-up reality


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.


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

August 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

At 79, noted scientist still rows to work and for play


Sketched Aug. 4, 2014

When the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center relocated from First Hill to South Lake Union in the late 1990s, Dr. Rainer Storb, one of its most prominent scientists, started to commute to work by rowing. Now 79 years old, he still does.

A little after 6 in the morning, Storb leaves his Madison Park condo on Lake Washington and rows his way through the Montlake Cut and Portage Bay until he reaches an old wooden cabin near E.East Garfield Street where he stores his boat.


Comments | More in Boats, Portraits, Recreation, Sports, Transportation, Waterscapes | Topics: South Lake Union

May 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

A master of making art from old vacuums

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.


Comments | More in Portraits | Topics: Bothell, Georgetown

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

March 7, 2014 at 7:06 PM

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


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.


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


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.


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

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