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The Seattle Sketcher

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

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

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

February 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Outdoor advertising trend not a good sign for the city

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Sketched Feb. 19, 2014

Almost five years ago, for my first Seattle Sketcher column, I drew a part of Aurora Avenue that a local politician had called “visual garbage.”

Now some of that blight seems to have spread downtown. Buildings are doubling as billboards, with giant ads plastered on their sides like big, ugly Band-Aids.

Take the Oxford Apartments at First Avenue and Stewart Street for example. As if a standalone billboard wasn’t enough, two other ads cover almost every brick in sight. Just around the block I found more “wallscapes” advertising iPhones, boots, cameras and rental car companies.

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Comments | More in Buildings | Topics: Downtown

February 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Zara brings Spanish flair for fashion to Seattle

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So much for the socks-with-sandals stereotype. Turns out some Seattleites do care about wearing stylish clothes, especially if they can find them at a good price.

I saw many fashion-hungry locals in Westlake Center on Thursday when Washington’s first Zara store opened. They cheered when doors opened at 10 a.m. Within minutes, lines formed at fitting rooms and cash registers.

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February 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

My worlds collide: Miró in Seattle

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If the name Joan Miró doesn’t ring a bell, I’m sure his work will look familiar. The Catalan artist, a contemporary of Picasso, inspired a generation of artists with his whimsical interpretation of the world through simple shapes and colors. The graphic vocabulary of his paintings, tapestries and sculptures also became a visual identity for Catalonia, where his artwork can be seen in public parks as well as museums.

Over time I’ve come to appreciate Miró’s genius much more than I did when I was a kid growing up in Barcelona (Red and blue and yellow stars? I can paint that! I thought.) I was quite excited when I found out about the exhibit that opens Thursday at the Seattle Art Museum.

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