Free at last from my meetings, Lane and I decide to spend the afternoon wandering and shopping while my boss is off giving a presentation.
It’s cold outside, but there are plenty of warm galleries and shops to check out:
The gift shop at SAM (the Seattle Art Museum) has a few cool things, although not the warm hat and mittens I really need. (Lane visited the museum yesterday, so it’s not like we skipped the culture and went straight to the shopping!)
The always wonderful work at Vetri (years ago we bought delicate swirled Murano glass cordials here) is topped by the stunning work of Hiroshi Yamano that is on exhibit upstairs at the Traver Gallery. His Scene of Japan show is a magical glowing glass fantasy of intricate birds, flowers, and fish-filled ponds.
(If any of you have some extra cash and would like to buy me a REALLY nice present, I’d be really happy with any of these. I’d even install special lighting to appropriately light it!)
Lane is partial to the caribou,
while I prefer the walrus.
There are lots of wonderful things, but I really love the Alutiiq masks. Their simple, clean style really speaks to me.
Unfortunately, they are not in the budget!
Warm again, we continue on along First up to Pioneer Square. Along the way I admire the architecture.
We stop into Ragazzi’s Flying Shuttle. Maybe it’s the weather, but I find the sales racks filled with warm sweaters and luscious scarves pretty irresistible.
We make a quick stop in Northwest Fine Woodworking and Flurry and Company and then hurry on toward Pike Place Market to pick up some Market Spice tea and meet my boss (who is very fun) for drinks and dinner.