Beach Drive dog finds “Spirit Log”

Found this great carving while walking along the waterfront path at Lincoln Park. Scupper Jr’s  natural pull to the beach (which of course, I fully resist) landed us here…

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Disclaimer: Said dog never set a paw on highly enforced beach or artwork/graffiti depending on who’s side you’re on per WSB post.

While this particular carving has been fully documented on West Seattle Blog, a long time resident of Beach Drive informed me that as recent as 3 or 4 years ago he’s has seen several of what he calls “spirit logs” wash up on our local beaches north of Lincoln Park.  He went on to say that he… 

“heard there were many but disapeared over time. People,sand and tide moved them.”

A quick Google search uncovered another driftwood carving found near the water in Port Townsend…

Photo courtesy of Dr John’s Journal

I’m squarely in the camp of welcoming these native style carvings onto our beaches. Reminds me of the native heritage of the land we now call home!

Scupper, for Beach Drive Blog 

I have a painting on exhibit at Bumbershoot

In addition to blogging, my day job, etc….I started painting earlier this year – mostly on black velvet. You can imagine my excitement when I was invited to participate at the Elivstravaganza exhibit at Bumbershoot.  I am auctioning my painting with proceeds to benefit Cafe Racer Love. As of yesterday, bids were at $400. I believe that the end of Bumbershoot will be the end of bidding (I’ll confirm and update).  If you’re interested in placing a bid, please contact Marlow Harris ASAP

Here is West Seattle Herald’s coverage and a clip from Evening Magazine (you’ll see a glimpse of my painting at 1:00 into the video).

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Calling All Alki Artists

This just in from Mayor Nickels office:


The 12th Annual Alki Art Fair takes place this year on July 25 and 26, and Alki Community Center is looking for artists and craftspeople interested in exhibiting their handmade pieces at this popular annual art fair.

Artists new to the fair need to come to one of three registration days at Alki Community Center, 5817 SW Stevens St., to view samples of potential entrants' art and to assign booth spaces.  The Fair includes only handmade art and booth fees of $65 for one day or $110 for both days are due on the registration days.

This is a juried show of artwork by some 100 area artists' jewerly, paintings, photos, glass and metal art work, pottery, candles, and more; and the weekend features live music, a food court and plenty of family activities.

Returning artists can send in the form on the art fair's web site and booth assignments will be made on a first-come first-serve basis.  There are youth booths available for artists 16 and younger for $25 for one day and $40 for both days.

Registration days are Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Monday, June 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information on the art fair and its entry rules, please see; email or call Alki Community Center at 206-684-7430.

Rock Stacks at Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook

Are these artistic arrangements done by the same person who sent us these photos last year?




Order Yours Today: Very Limited Addition “They Yell at Clams” T-Shirt

Dsc_0175Get them while supplies last: "They Yell at Clams" T-Shirts modeled here (cute girls not included) for $14.95.

The artwork is created by local Beach Drive artist, Steve Klinkel and reflects the story of the unsung clam, as told by the Beach Drive Babbler

Click the logo to the right, under sponsors, to watch the video: They Yell at Clams.  And order yours today while supplies last. 
Please be sure to specify your t-shirt size and preferred color.

Visit Local Artist Steve Klinkel on Art Walk this Thursday

Make sure you stop by Steve Klinkel’s studio at 4150 Beach Drive #202 this Thursday between 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.    Check out Steve’s art here…or even better, see him during the Art Walk.

Custom Wine Wall Racks

We stumbled upon David Lisch, Damascus & Knife Maker, who has created custom wall mounted wine racks for our cellar.   We’re so pleased, we thought we’d share his work with you.   David also crafts gates, railings…his talent is unlimited.  His foundary is located directly under the West Seattle Bridge and the Viaduct at 3600 E. Marginal Way South, Studio 3, Seattle.  Be sure to tell him Beach Drive Blog sent you!


Looking for something special to do?

Img_5095 This Sunday marks the first opening since Mother’s Day of the Walker Rock Garden.   It is truly worth a visit and will be open every Sunday until Labor Day from 12:00 -5:00.   There is a donation box for this exquisit backyard located off of 37th and Brandon.   

How Does Your Beach Stack Up?

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Photos are compliments of Robert.

Something different to do this Mother’s Day

Looking for something to do…perhaps walk off some of your Sunday Brunch?   The Walker Rock Garden is open today from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Img_5089 The Walker Rock Garden is located at 5407 37th Ave. S.W. , Seattle, Wa 98136.  206-935-3036 

A tip of the hat to Marlow Harris for posting this on Unusual Life…I wudda never known!

The garden will reopen on Sundays from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. starting June through Labor Day.

Rock on!

Update:  I just had to see it for myself and I’m glad I did.  The daughter was there and told stories about the different things her Dad built and how hard he worked on his art.   To view additional photos that I took for my personal Mother’s Day treat…click here.