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April 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

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Seattle reinvents its artists colony


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Artist Jane Richlovsky relocated from the 619 Western Building, which she said "was cheap because it was dangerous." Now in the nearby '57 Biscayne, she works on a large oil painting referencing Manet's 1863 "Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe."

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ALAN BERNER AND GENEVIEVE ALVAREZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Artists like painter Jane Richlovsky were forced to move from their studio lofts at 619 Western Avenue after the building was condemned due to unsafe conditions. Richlovsky claims artists are often seen as 'gentrification bait'.
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ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Artists move out of the quake-damaged 619 Western Building after being evicted because of safety concerns related to the upcoming waterfront tunnel project.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Musician and composer Tito Ramsey, dressed for success but not jogging, dashes in front of Inscape as he does scenes for a video being recorded by Patrick Wright. Ramsey has a studio in the building for artists.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kirsten Mohan hugs a visitor to Inscape during an open house. The bike in the foreground is Lindell's homage to author Anais Nin. More than a space where artists can realize their professional dreams, Inscape is designed as a meeting point where tenants and members of the public can rub shoulders.

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