Signs are Art: The Silent Impact of Judy McVay

My dad, Jim Mason (1943 – 2014)  was a self-taught cartoonist who practiced drawing Mickey Mouse and other characters in the margins of his homework starting in Kindergarten. Later, he put himself through graduate school as a sign painter and eventually he became one of only a handful of Art Therapists in the State of Montana. At age five, Dad started taking me on sign painting jobs. Often he was on a ladder and I was tasked with handing up brushes, rags, and tubes of colors, or helping clean up. It was fun and from my child-eyes, what my dad did was art. The silent impact of Judy McVay I was first introduced to Judy McVay’s work in 2018 when…

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Vintage Seattle: 1960’s Tourist Booklet Pictorial

I aim to keep an eclectic mix of fun stuff in the shop so that any given day you might find the beer tap handle you can’t live without alongside gas cans, wood slabs, and windows. And when it comes to vintage Seattle and Washington State memorabilia, when I find it, I buy it! To that end, I stock the Washington State Jim Beam decanter series, belt buckles, and glasses plus vintage Supersonics, Mariners, and Seahawks gear, and souvenirs from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Spokane’s Expo ‘74 along with any vintage Washington State maps, guidebooks, and cookbooks, which all sell almost as fast as I can get them in. And since my shop is in a tourist town,…

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