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View of a Lost World

The story of a machine that shows us the past, the present and perhaps the future of a landscape we continue to make disappear. Driving in from the Eastside on the Viaduct the other day, I was struck by how much we’ll miss this wide view of...
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Artist’s Notebook

Hoping students discover (or rediscover) the visual imagination. Someone asked me recently, “At what age did you become an artist?” I replied that I had never unbecome one — that like most kids I’d always drawn and made things, and as I grew...
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Artist’s Notebook

Remembering a friend who conjured up artistic coincidences. Illustration by Demian Johnston for City Arts Recently I attended a memorial service for my friend Jan Sleicher, who died at age seventy-eight. Years ago I taught with Jan at Bellevue’s...
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Hard Times Require Imagination

Why society needs artists now more than ever. Illustration by Demian Johnston for City Arts In general, artists are not normal. Over-sensitive and hypersensitized, they are mutants, misfits, jesters, troublemakers. They can also be visionaries. The...