Warner Blake

Header Image is from a third grader’s Thank You Note

In 1982, following 20 years working and teaching as a scenic designer, I quit, established a studio in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle, and began making work as an independent artist. Six years later, the first part of my Soup Talks Trilogy, a miniature epic inspired by the SALT talks, and involving a varied cast of performance objects, was presented in my studio. Periodic weekend performances continued for six years in the Seattle studio and all three plays were included in the 1996 International Festival of Puppet Theatre presented by the Jim Henson Foundation in New York City.

Renovating the former Saint Michael Church of Snohomish with artist Karen Guzak, I began researching the town’s history, especially its 19th-century architectural heritage, which led to writing two books: Early Snohomish (2007); and J. S. White: Our First Architect published in 2017.


Tai Chi classes at the Monroe Y began in 2018 when I started a blog to reflect my experience that to really learn something — teach it! The Y closed in March 2020 due to COVID 19 and in August I began work as a Census 2020 enumerator which I also did in 2010.

Resume (pdf)

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Words

J. S. White Our First Architect: His Surviving Structures from 19th-Century Snohomish, a fine art book produced by Seattle’s Lucia|Marquand, published by the People of Snohomish + Friends in 2017, and written in collaboration with Seattle photographer Otto Gruele and editor Susan Geib. Follow this link to learn more.

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warner blake writerEarly Snohomish, 2007, is still in print and available from Uppercase Books at 1010 2nd Street, (Avenue B).

This book spawned the blog and newspaper column “Snohomish: Then and Now” which ran for seven years in the Snohomish County Tribune, 2007-2014.
 
 

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nav_historylinkHappy and proud to be a part of the HistoryLink.org gang of writers contributing articles about Snohomish City to “The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History.”

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“E. C. Ferguson in Steilacoom, 1858-59:
A Prologue to the Founding of Snohomish”

A publication and exhibition presented by the Snohomish Historical Society in 2009 —
the 150th Anniversary Year of the city’s founding.

Follow this link to download a pdf of the booklet.

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Objects

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Production photos: Soup Talks Trilogy presented by On the Boards, Seattle, 1995.
Follow this link to view all Performance Objects.

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Father’s Craftsman from a solo show “Reassembling Memories: Artworks Evolving from Inderited Objects,” Commencement Gallery, Tacoma and the Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon Island, 2003.

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Stage set rendering for The Brain presented at Boston University in 1972, rendering published in Contemporary Stage Design U.S.A., International Theatre Institute of the United States, Inc. 1974.

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Movies


Preview: Death of the Storyteller
Follow this link to Watch: “Part One: Voice of the Turtledove.”

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Preview: To Dance with Eleanor A Story of the Leight Fantasics.
Follow this link to purchase.

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Watch: “Letter Home” the story of Marine Jeffrey Starr’s last love letter discovered on his computer following his death in Iraq. His words kicked up a political dust storm on the blogosphere — eventually coming to the attention the of Bush White House. Features his girlfriend reading the letter and interviews with his parents. Duration 11:00, 2007.

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Watch: “Dr. Breadhead Goes to Burning Man,” Part One, Duration 3:26, 2014.

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Tai Chi & Me

Post #19. Tai Chi in the Rain

A gentle rain was filling the air water so soft it didn’t seem to be falling, as I began stepping left pulling my hands past each other and stepping right with a Wild Horse’s Mane on my mind. . . . . . .