Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Native Cultures at the Burke Museum

How can I not like a place that has greeters like those!

The Burke Museum is the museum of natural history and culture for the state of Washington. While we are here mostly to check out the native art, we are pleased to discover a wonderful textile show and a tiny, but lovely show of Arctic photography by Subhankar Banerjee There is a lot packed into this little place!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Back at the Market

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More Wandering In Seattle

Previous post: First Street to Pioneer Square

It’s cold again today, colder than yesterday, making Azuma seem even an even longer trek than usual!

However, once we arrive, we are surrounded with the rich colors and textures of Japanese art.

We have a delightful visit with the gallery’s owner and purchase just a few things to add to our already over-crowded walls at home!

Then it is back out into the cold for the return hike downtown. . .

. . . and a little lunch along the waterfront.

Library Redux

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Even though I’ve been in meetings at the downtown library the last couple days and Lane has gone over to check it out on his own, I insist that we visit again so I can take a set of replacement pictures. . . just in case the lost images from Thursday can’t be retrieved!

It’s a 2004 Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Ramus structure that is more striking viewed from some directions than others. I’ve spent most of my time here in meetings on the red floor - which is cool and funky, but a little unrelentingly red. . .

It’s also well-hidden. Lane hadn’t discovered it in his wandering through the building.

This is the first time I’ve actually walked through much of the space when it was open to the public. I’m initially shocked by how busy the place is – every space seems to be in use. It takes me a minute to realize why: During business hours this might serve as the city’s largest homeless shelter. Everyone seems settled in and quiet though and the building itself is extraordinary, with its odd angles and glowing neon colors.

Friday, February 25, 2011

First Street to Pioneer Square

Previous post: Lane’s Morning

Free at last from my meetings, Lane and I decide to spend the afternoon wandering and shopping while my boss is off giving a presentation.

It’s cold outside, but there are plenty of warm galleries and shops to check out:

The gift shop at SAM (the Seattle Art Museum) has a few cool things, although not the warm hat and mittens I really need. (Lane visited the museum yesterday, so it’s not like we skipped the culture and went straight to the shopping!)

The always wonderful work at Vetri (years ago we bought delicate swirled Murano glass cordials here) is topped by the stunning work of Hiroshi Yamano that is on exhibit upstairs at the Traver Gallery. His Scene of Japan show is a magical glowing glass fantasy of intricate birds, flowers, and fish-filled ponds.

(If any of you have some extra cash and would like to buy me a REALLY nice present, I’d be really happy with any of these. I’d even install special lighting to appropriately light it!)

Our next stop is the Legacy gallery where Lane has already scoped out some inexpensive black and white prints by Thomas Stream. (Not that we don’t already have a wall of Thomas Streams at home!)

Lane is partial to the caribou,

while I prefer the walrus.

There are lots of wonderful things, but I really love the Alutiiq masks. Their simple, clean style really speaks to me.

Unfortunately, they are not in the budget!

Warm again, we continue on along First up to Pioneer Square. Along the way I admire the architecture.

We stop into Ragazzi’s Flying Shuttle. Maybe it’s the weather, but I find the sales racks filled with warm sweaters and luscious scarves pretty irresistible.

We make a quick run to Stonington Gallery where there is a lovely show of glass by Raven Skyriver.

We make a quick stop in Northwest Fine Woodworking and Flurry and Company and then hurry on toward Pike Place Market to pick up some Market Spice tea and meet my boss (who is very fun) for drinks and dinner.

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Lane’s Morning

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The mountains of the Olympic Peninsula are gleaming purple-pink in the early morning light. It is unbelievably beautiful.

I don’t have any pictures of them though because I don’t dare use my camera. I only have one card with me and last night when I went to download the day’s pictures I accidentally deleted them. Now I don’t dare use the card again just in case I can salvage the lost photos. Lane has offered to buy another card for me today while I’m in my meeting, but until then I can’t take any pictures.

(I’ve been shooting digital since 2004 and this is the first time I’ve lost my photos while transferring them and I’m still puzzling over how it happened.)

Lane doesn’t have much trouble finding a card (16 gigs to replace the 2 gig card I was using) and he immediately puts it to use documenting the fact that it is a gorgeous, cold, clear day.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


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We have a tour today, beginning with a trip on the light rail.

The stations along our way all include public art, which makes each interesting in some way.

(The train yard and surrounding development really aren’t public art, but in some ways they are.)

The line is fairly new and, at least in this area, plenty of development opportunities remain.

The area around the Columbia City Station is being revitalized (with government assistance) to create a stronger community. It’s a pleasant-looking neighborhood with a mix of new affordable and market rate housing and plenty of public art. (My boss really likes the giant shovel.)

Back in Seattle proper, we wind through the International District and over to the King Street Station which is currently being restored.

Restoration of the ornate station is still in progress, meaning some areas, like the Compass Room, have been nearly completely restored. . .

wiki photo

. . . while the fluorescent lights formerly embedded in a suspended ceiling now dangle forlornly below the intricate original ceiling, alien objects from a forgotten time.

They’ve done a lot, but there’s still a lot left to do.

Someday it will be a glorious again.

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