• New painting celebrates Seafair's 65th Anniversary

    By: John Knicely


    SEATTLE - A new painting is on display at Alki Arts, on Harbor Steps in Seattle, to help celebrate the upcoming 65th anniversary of Seafair. Artist Michael Birawer was commissioned to capture everything that makes Seafair great onto a canvas.

    "You're just struck by the Blue Angels," said Birawer of the image that pops out from the painting.

    On the tails of the two Blue Angels planes are a six and a five for the 65th anniversary.

    "And it's a neat tie-in," he said of the numbers.

    Birawer is from Minneapolis but has fallen in love with Seattle over the years. He's painted several colorful, whimsical scenes that highlight what makes Seattle unique.

    The painting depicts a sunny day of Seafair Hydro races and air shows. But it also includes other events that make up Seafair, like the Pirates landing, the Rock and Roll Marathon and the Torch Light Parade.

    Birawer went into great detail and even depicted a funny story from Hydro racer Chip Hanauer. In the painting, Hanauer is waiting in line for the port-a-potty with his racing gear on. Birawer says he heard Hanauer tell the story of how bad he had to go right before a race.

    "But he had to use the bath -- the Biffy," said Birawer. "And he had to wait in line in his full gear."

    There's a lot of detail to take in, and it can be seen for free tomorrow night at Alki Arts, near Pike Place Market. The viewing event is from 6 to 9 p.m.

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