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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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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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May 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Sneak peek at Chihuly’s new exhibition at Seattle Center

Sketched May 8 and 9, 2012 Dale Chihuly’s bright and colorful glass artwork, usually displayed in temporary exhibits around the world, has found a permanent home at Seattle Center, where the “Chihuly Garden and Glass” exhibition opens Monday. I’ve been aware of Chihuly’s glass art since moving to the area six years ago, but I didn’t…


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March 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

They keep the old Monorail rolling

The first 200 people who ride the monorail on March 24 will receive a replica of the 1962 ALWEG commemorative medallion created for the World’s Fair. See my sketch of one of the original souvenirs below, left, and find more information about the monorail’s 50th anniversary at Sketched Jan. 23, 24 and Feb. 13 More

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January 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Museum rises out of the forest

Sketched Jan. 25, 2012 From Fun Forest to Glass Garden. The transformation of the grounds west of the Space Needle is well under way since the outdated but beloved amusement park closed for good after Labor Day 2010. The glass museum devoted to Dale Chihuly’s work, a project that drew a lot of criticism when it was first…


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May 13, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Our DJ for fountain play

Sketched May 10, 2:47 p.m. [Click to enlarge] Meet Seattle Center’s own private DJ. Capitol Hill musician James Whetzel has been selecting and mixing music for the International Fountain since 2000. Whetzel said he’s done it for so long he doesn’t remember how many playlists he has burned. “A thousand maybe.” Sketched May 10, 10:55 a.m. Every week, he…


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June 4, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Seattle Center still a work in progress

June 2, 1:03 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger] On a rainy morning this week, the empty popcorn cart at Seattle Center struck me as a sad symbol of the beloved community space. The only people I saw here were school groups coming in and out of the Pacific Science Center and a few families…


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April 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Fun Forest still new to kids

Sketched March 31, 10:49 a.m. [Click on sketch to see larger] Seattle Center’s Fun Forest rides felt a bit dated when I first saw them, but they made a big impression on my kids. It was the first time my son drove a bumper car and my daughter loved spinning around the Snow Convoy track. The…


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