Warner Blake

In 1982, following some 20 years working and teaching as a scenic designer, I quit, established a studio in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle, and began making art 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, when I moved to Snohomish. Volunteering with the local historical society, 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 by the People of Snohomish & Friends in 2017.
 In October I began teaching Tai Chi at the Monroe Y and a year later I started a blog to reflect my experience … I was Learning Tai Chi!

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ABOUT THE HEADER IMAGE: Thanks to sister Sara’s generous inheritance I was able to purchase this 2015 Kia Soul and I will be heading out on month-long road trip beginning in June. First stop will be Duluth to visit the grave of our father’s grandfather William Warner-Smith Blake; then on to Quebec to follow up on Sara and mother Maxine’s 1987 trip to visit her mother’s birthplace Sainte Flavie. It’s a small town north of Quebec City, (named after a Benedictine Nun martyred in Italy) and located on the south bank of the Lawerence River. Anne Marie Charette and her three sisters migrated to Minneapolis around 1893.

Then north to Bradley, home of the Maine Forest & Logging Museum established on the site of the Blackman Brothers operation that went belly up in the 1800s so the families migrated to the Pacific Northwest, eventually driving the economic engine of Snohomish.

After visiting a handful of National Parks on the way back, my last stop will be Corvallis, Oregon where I hope to meet my recently discovered second cousin, Maxine Eckes, who is descended from Anne Marie’s sister, Marie Elise Charette, and her mother, Blanche Beaulieu, named “Maxine” after our mother!

You can follow along with Notes from GO SARA.

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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

Post #7. Healing Arts Influence

One of the earliest texts of traditional Chinese medicine, “The Internal Canon of the Yellow Emperor” (c.2000-1600 B.C.E.), mentions how the Yellow Emperor practiced health-promoting exercises based on the movements of animals. A later famous physician, Hua Tuo (c.145-208 C.E.), is credited with developing a fitness training regimen also patterned after animal movements. Often called …