Share your Seattle Asian Art Museum Memories

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Don Wallace

Guess one could say we had his back, all two humps of this bearded bactrian beauty. The year was 1954, we fifteen students on a field trip from Bellingham—Western Washington College (now University). Our art instructor was Ruth Kelsey, a brilliant purveyor of what is beautiful as well as what is diverse and worthy of praise. Kudos!

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Randy Bowles

OK, this was taken by my grandfather, Al Bowles, Sr., mere feet from the camel. It depicts my dad, Al Bowles, Jr., and my mom, Jeannie Bowles, way back in 1947. Mom was pregnant with my older brother, Al III (R.I.P.) They are shown sitting by one of the little pools in front of the museum. I’m sorry they’re not on the camel; but this would be one of the oldest photos in your gallery, so I hope you can include it. I was born in Seattle, but raised in Yakima. I didn’t get to see the museum in person, until 1975. Since then, I’ve been to Volunteer Park hundreds of times, and to the museum, many times.

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Sally Jones

As a child, the Seattle Art Museum was like a second home for me.

I was even fortunate enough to be able to take art art lessons for children taught by Dr. Fuller, the director of the Seattle Art Museum, in the early 1950’s.

I loved to climb all over the camels and the rams. Today, I use those vivid childhood memories in my painting.

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Gayle Hunt

The top photo shows my Grandmother, Margaret Dodds on the left and my Mom, Mollie Dodds on the right in 1947. In the bottom photo my Mom and I recreated the poses in the 1980’s!

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Sandy Thor

My sons Paul and Rory Tripp. We had season tickets to the classical Disney movie series in the 1980’s.

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Jermaine

Photo of myself & my two best friends from 1984. Volunteer Park was our playground & SAM was my first museum.

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Erika Enomoto

Taking George (8 months old) for his first ride on a camel.

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Joanna Tyan

Every visit to Volunteer Park or the museum included a camel ride. Here, my brother and I are intrepid travelers braving the arid wastes. One of my most vivid SAM memories is being taken to see the movie “Alice in Wonderland” — not the animated version, but with actors— Cary Grant and WC Fields. I was about three, and had never seen a movie before. I was terrified and had to be taken home. And about thirty years later falling in love with Bartok at the Sunday afternoon chamber concerts.

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Sarah I.

The Asian Art Museum is one of our family’s favorite places. Here is our daughter Raina, age 4, in 2010

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Nina

“Help, I’m stuck!”