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The Seattle Sketcher

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

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January 30, 2015 at 7:42 PM

A playground that lifts a neighborhood


Stephanie Bower holds back tears as she reads a recent letter from Claire Barnett. Barnett’s daughters, Coriander and Blake, were traveling with their dad, David Clemetson, and stepmom, Carolyn Clemetson, when Alaska Airlines 261 crashed in 2000.


Sketched Jan. 28, 2015

It’s been 15 years, but Queen Anne resident Stephanie Bower hasn’t forgotten about her neighbors, the Pearsons and the Clemetsons. The two families — four adults and six children in total — were among 88 people, most with Seattle-area ties, whose lives were cut short when Seattle-bound Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashed off the coast near Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2000.


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January 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Queen Anne Library to turn page on century of memories


Sketched Jan. 2, 2014

Some of my happiest childhood memories are of the hours reading and drawing at my neighborhood library in Spain. There I amused myself copying characters from my favorite comic books.

I experienced a bit of that creative feeling a few days ago at the Queen Anne Library. Only, instead of drawing cartoons, I sketched an interesting exhibit of period clothing that included the stiff morning suit you see in my sketch. The attire contrasted with the casual sportswear worn by a man who was browsing his digital reader. (Thank goodness for fashion evolution!)

The garments from the Goodwill Vintage Fashion Collection add to the historic atmosphere of the branch, which is hosting a 100th anniversary party Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. During the event, assistant branch manager Jennifer Force will share a scrapbook of memories that patrons are submitting in person and by email to

I had never been to the cozy old library before, but I hope this column can qualify for the memory book.


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August 31, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Gardeners savor season atop Seattle Center garage

Sketched Aug. 21, 2012 [Click on sketches to see larger versions] The Mercer Garage rooftop P-Patch, which opened in early June, is starting to yield some crops. I tasted a tomatillo from Stephanie Krimmel and Craig Moore’s plot and it was pretty sweet. Who knew you could garden in a few feet of soil laid…


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August 17, 2012 at 8:55 PM

‘Lake to Bay’ soon bridged

Sketched Aug. 8, 2012 [Click sketches to enlarge] More than a decade since it was envisioned, a new pedestrian bridge connecting lower Queen Anne with the waterfront is scheduled to open by mid September. It’s not just any overpass. John Coney, of the Uptown Alliance, calls the West Thomas Street bridge the launchpad for the “Lake…


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