Topic: Pike Place Market
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December 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM
Sketched Dec. 23, 1:19 p.m.
I went looking for a merry scene to draw earlier this afternoon and this is what caught my eye: Rudolph the red-nosed pig and company “marching” over the roofline of Pike Place Market!
I can’t think of a better sketch to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for following my work and keep those sketching ideas coming in 2012!
(No sketcher feature at The Seattle Times tomorrow or Dec. 31, but look for a selection of sketches from the year on Sunday, Jan. 1. You can also follow my work on Facebook and Twitter.)
September 9, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Sketched Sept. 7
Row after row of colorful flowers. Mouthwatering fresh produce. Fish being tossed about. There are so many distractions at the Pike Place Market, I can understand how some buskers may feel overlooked. “We don’t get much recognition We are the bottom of the barrel here,” said Joe “Fiddling” Fulton, 34, a folk singer I met at the Joe Desimone Bridge.
But at least once a year, the street performers get to be the stars– and bring the amplifiers — with their Pike Place Market Buskers Festival coming up Sept. 18. “The market is ours for a day,” said Fulton, who started busking here in 1995.
In Post Alley I sketched André Lovett, 27, a recent transplant from Florida. It will be his first time performing at the festival and he’s looking forward to it. “Seattle is such a great music town people are really receptive,” he told me after reaching his one-hour limit at one of the 13 marked spots where buskers are allowed to play. The number inside the musical notes painted on the pavement indicates the maximum number of performers for each location.
Tommy Dean, of Tacoma, arrived a few minutes before Lovett finished up with two songs that I happen to like a lot: Jason Mraz “I’m Yours,” and The Fray’s “How to save a life.” Dean wore his busker permit clipped to his shirt and got to work right away, performing traditional Irish folk songs.
The free festival will feature 35 buskers on three stages along Pike Place, which will be closed to traffic. For more information, visit the Pike Market Buskers Guild site.
Check out these blog posts with drawings of other Seattle buskers:
Farmers markets crop up (Sketch of Pickled Okra)
Pike Place’s saxophonist having the time of his life
What draws your attention? I invite you to send me your suggestions of interesting places to sketch via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!
July 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM
Sketched July 15, 3:01 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
Pike Place Market wouldn’t be the same without the buskers who add a pleasant soundtrack to the buzzling street. During my Thursday visit, I met Orin Henselyn, a young saxophonist who just started playing here two weeks ago and is thrilled about his new stage. “It’s changed my life,” he said. “I’m the first saxophonist at the market in 10 years.”
As I was drawing Henselyn, he was drawing his own share of attention. A woman stopped to buy one of his CDs and asked for his autograph.
Buskers can play at 13 different locations at the market, explained director of communications James Haydu. The spots are marked with musical notes on the pavement — inside the notes, a number from 1 to 4 represents the number of musicians allowed at each location.
With 250 buskers allowed to play here regularly and up to 325 in the summer, you’d think it’d be chaos to know who plays where and for how long. But Haydu said the busker community does a superb job of policing themselves. They play for an hour and move on to other spots, he said. “They are a huge benefit to the experience of Pike Place.”
With the opening of the new Hillclimb staircase last June, the market is now looking to add a couple more locations for buskers on the Western Avenue side. That’s where I did this sketch last year as the construction was just starting.
I didn’t explore that side of the market this time, so I’ll have to go back, climb the new stairs and perhaps meet a new busker who would be game for a sketch.
Play it again!
Listen to Henselyn’s music on his MySpace page.
July 20, 2010 at 4:56 PM
Sketched July 15, 2:17 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
Sketched July 15, 4:01 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
Sketched July 15, 4:15 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
Last week I was invited to teach a class of University of Washington students from the Architecture school. We met at Post Alley and did quick sketches around Pike Place Market.
Sketching is usually a solitary activity, so it was especially energizing to draw around the market with nearly 20 sketchers eager to learn.
I took the opportunity to experiment with my new Sailor fountain pen.
May 6, 2010 at 5:34 PM
May 5, 10:58 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t know the difference between a daffodil and a hyacinth. But I am always captivated by the colorful array of flowers at Pike Place Market. This weekend’s Flower Festival along Pike Place is a perfect opportunity to meet the local farmers who grow them and take in the vibrant scene.
“Seeing the whole block of flowers is spectacular,” said Ben Craft, whose farm has been selling at the market since 1974. “You almost want to wear sunglasses to get the color from blinding you.”
The event is one of two times a year when florists leave the arcade inside the market and set up in tents along the street. It will feature more than 30 farmers selling multiple varieties of tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, lillies, lilacs and other locally produced flora.
I can’t think of a better place to visit on Mother’s Day.
• On the sketch: Megan Hiner, visiting from Pasco, WA, waits for a $10 bouquet of flowers she bought for herself. “When I get home I’m going to give it to my husband and have him give it back to me,” she joked. Her friend Jody Stafford said more men should come here to buy flowers. “If I was a guy, I would be here every day buying flowers for my mom!”
• More information about the flower festival at pikeplacemarket.org
June 18, 2009 at 5:30 PM
June 16, 11:10 a.m. [View larger]
Why haven’t other businesses at Pike Place Market adopted some sort of product-tossing routine? It gets the fishmongers a lot of attention. How about tossing some nectarines around?
For 37 years at the market –18 at this stand–, Mike Osborn has done fine without throwing anything. Instead, he just lets people try out the fruit. I get a cherry and it’s delicious. “Quite possibly one of the best pieces of fruit you’ll have all year,” he tells people passing by.
June 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM
June 16, 10:28 a.m. [View larger]
Tuesday morning at Pike Place Fish Market: Taho Kakutani is ready to throw another big fish over to his co-workers behind the counter. A tourist is taking a snap of the monkfish that seems to come alive every time a string attached to its mouth is pulled by one of the fishmongers behind the stand. Nothing new at the world-famous Seattle location.
But apparently new to PETA. The animal-rights advocacy group is denouncing a planned team-building exercise by the Seattle fishmongers at an upcoming convention of veterinarians. They’ve offered to buy them rubber fish instead, and they ultimately want them to stop the corpse toss at the market too. They say morally, it’s no different than tossing dead kittens.
Kakutani respects their opinion but disagrees. “They are another group of people very passionate about what they do,” he said. “It’s a different perspective.” Dick “The Bass,” the Fish Market manager, feels the same way. “They can have their opinion.”
Despite the PETA protests, the American Veterinary Medical Association plans to carry on with their program. I think I’m not the only one who supports their decision and the fishmongers. “The byproduct of all this is that we’ve got a huge outpouring of support. It’s been a really positive experience,” Kakutani said.
May 7, 2009 at 10:42 AM
May 1, 1.44 p.m. [View larger] [Map]
Steve Winston, owner of The Spanish Table store on Western Avenue, showed me around the construction in Pike Place Market a few days ago. The aging market is just starting a series of renovations (see pdf) that have some business owners concerned.
The most visible one is the upgrade of the Hillclimb area, where a new elevator will provide better access to all the levels of the market. And in August a 150-foot crane is expected to go up off Western Avenue. (A “name that crane” contest is being promoted at the market’s website.)
While Steve looks forward to improved access to all levels of the market, he is concerned about the impact of a lengthy and messy construction. “They need better signage,” he says. “A better way for people to get back and forth between the street.”
The whole market –which I love by the way– could use better signage. I don’t recall seeing a diagram of where stores are. If there’s one, I missed it. I went back to the market on Monday and somewhat miraculously I ended up “Down Under”, where I had never dared to go before. There I found BLMF books, but I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow.
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