Warner Blake

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.


The following year, I began teaching Tai Chi at the Monroe Y and started a blog to reflect my experience … I was Learning Tai Chi!

Resume (pdf)

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Road Trip June 2019: To Ste. Flavie, Quebec & Back.
Younger sister Sara passed away last year and thanks to a generous inheritance I was able to purchase this 2015 Kia Soul and take a road trip following up on Sara and mother Maxine’s trip to Quebec in 1987 in search of her mother’s baptismal record. Anne Marie Charette was born in 1883 in the small town on the south bank of the Ste. Lawrence River around four hours driving time from Quebec City. Happy to report that I photographed her baptismal entry in the church ledger, plus, found the white stone marker of her parents’ grave in the church cemetery.

Here’s the story.

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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

“Coffee with the Mayor,” answers a question about Snohomish water system and history. Duration: 6:34, 2016.

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

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“Letter Home” is 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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“Memory of the Whispered Word, Part One,” Video adaptation of SoupTalks Seattle for the screen, 45 minutes, 2003.

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Learning Tai Chi