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The Seattle Sketcher

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

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

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

December 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

They made the job market work well in 2014


The year is closing with news of a strong job market, so the timing may be just right to share what I learned from meeting people at work in 2014.

At Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle, dockmaster Bill Corey showed me that old isn’t always bad when it comes to technology. He uses well-greased levers to pull boats into dry dock for repairs. He said the clunky mechanism, originally from an old streetcar, may be as old as the 100-year-old terminal.


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December 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Shipping containers inspire Starbucks drive-thru coffee shops here and beyond


Sketched Dec. 15, 2014

The first Starbucks drive-through made out of recycled shipping containers opened in Tukwila three years ago, and the company has already replicated the concept in more than 20 other locations. There’s one in Ballard at 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 53rd Street, and others in Portland, Denver and Chicago.


Comments | More in Coffee shops, Food and restaurants | Topics: Tukwila

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