We spent a couple of days touring downtown Seattle in the Pioneer Square area (oddly, there is a Pioneer Square district in Portland as well). First stop was the Pratt Gallery at the Tashiro Kaplan Building where we found various bits of Big Bird along with other body parts. We liked the collection at the Foster/White Gallery with their install of a few giant sculptures by Paul Vexler. It felt nice to move around the space of those winding wooden sculptures. Our favorite stop was at Platform Gallery where we met the owner Stephen Lyons. He was featuring playful and strange works from artist Patte Loper. Ethereal scenes of creatures bursting out of the sky. Had a great chat about the Seattle art scene and the difficulties he encounters running a successful gallery in this economy. We had noticed many vacant spaces in our walk around the area and wondered at his success. Many thanks to Stephen for being steadfast and a genuine patron of artists.