The Seattle Times reported that the International District's (ID) celebration of the Lunar New Year was held a week later due to the Women's March on 1/21, the day after inauguration. So it was held yesterday and today. Today we met to sketch our reportage on the festivities.
I often do, I arrived early. I'd already sketched the China gate a
couple years ago. Today I sketched one of many dragons that adorn the
utility polls in the district.
crowds were already forming and the dragon dance had started when it
was time to meet up. So we moved on down the sidewalk to be out of the
way for our little meeting held before we dispersed to sketch.
used my reciprocal MOHAI membership to gain entrance to the Wing Luke
museum. I'd never been there and today might not have been the best
choice. However, it was warm, quiet and not as crowded as I thought it
might be. This bit of recreated street scene appealed to me. At the
end wall were three potted trees in which little colored tags were tied.
The card next to the basket of tags said, "Give New Year Blessings" by
writing the person's name with a special wish on the paper tag, then tie
it with string to a branch.
walked a couple blocks away from the crowds to share our sketches out
of the now brooding weather, under the awning of an office building on
the transportation plaza.