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Reyes, Lawney (b. 1931)

Lawney Reyes, a Sin-Aikst Indian artist, architect, and author, overcame a childhood of poverty and discrimination to become an award-winning sculptor and a historian of Northwest Native American acti...

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Rigby and Rigby Photo Studio (1905-1915, Everett)

Clara (1873-1953) and Alice Rigby (1871-1915) owned and operated an Everett photographic studio from 1905 to 1915, successfully competing with a dozen other local firms. Calling their business the Ri...

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Ruffner, Ginny (b. 1952)

When Ginny Ruffner moved to Seattle in the mid-1980s, she had already mastered the lampwork technique that would make her a celebrity among art-glass devotees. Her distinctive style of glass sculpture...

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Ryan, Patricia McGuinness (1944-2001)

Seattle restaurateur Patricia McGuinness Ryan was the long-time proprietor of the Denny Regrade's popular Two Bells Tavern. Under her management between 1982 and 1999, the Two Bells became a neighborh...

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Sato, Norie (b. 1949)

A Seattle resident since 1972, Norie Sato is a multidisciplinary visual artist. Sato has worked in various mediums including printmaking, video, sculpture, terrazzo flooring, and glass. Her long caree...

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Seattle Arts Commission/Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Arts Commission was formed in 1971. The commission evolved out of the Municipal Arts Commission, founded in 1955 with the aim of integrating artistic experiences into Seattleites' daily li...

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Seattle Landmarks: James W. Washington Jr. Home and Studio (1918)

Address: 1816 26th Avenue, Seattle. Sculptor James W. Washington Jr. (1911-2000) migrated from Mississippi in 1944 to work as an electrician in the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. He was already a skilled p...

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Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Arts Education: Road to The Creative Advantage

This is a snapshot history of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's leadership in providing quality arts education to students in Seattle public schools. The Office of Arts & Culture was established ...

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Seattle's 1 Percent for Art Program

In 1973, Seattle passed a 1 Percent for Art ordinance, which sets aside 1 percent of capital-improvement-project funds for the commission, purchase, and installation of artworks in a variety of settin...

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Seders, Francine (b. 1932)

Since she took over the Otto Seligman Gallery in 1966, Francine Seders has been a major player in the Northwest art scene, representing some of the region's premier artists, including internationally ...

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Simpson, Buster (b. 1942)

Beginning in the early 1970s, when Buster Simpson camped out in buildings about to be demolished in downtown Seattle and made art out of the readily available materials in his rapidly changing ecologi...

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Skinner, Ned (1920-1988) and Kayla (1919-2004)

David E. "Ned" Skinner, II and his wife Katherine (LaGasa) "Kayla" Skinner were individually prominent in Seattle's civic affairs beginning in the 1940s, contributing their income, their influence, an...

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