The Weekly - July 21, 2020 - 20

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Drawn to High Places

Seattle artist Nikki Frumkin brought the beauty of the mountains
to an outdoor community shut down during the pandemic.
WHEN ARTIST NIKKI FRUMKIN SAW

the windows of Seattle's Ascent
Outdoors boarded up in the midst
of COVID-19 shutdowns in March,
she thought she could do something
to both support a store she loves and
bring a little much-needed cheer
to her city. The passionate alpinist
decided to do what she does best
and asked the shop if she could paint
mountain scenes on the bare boards.
Owner Sandeep Nain, who had

bought the shop when it unexpectedly closed in 2019, agreed.
Frumkin spent six hours painting
peaks, including the Olympic Peninsula's Brothers, which are visible
from the Ballard neighborhood, on
the shuttered windows. "Occasionally, neighbors would come by and
ask about what I was doing," she
says. "I'd ask them what mountains
they wanted to see on the walls."
Soon, more artists joined in. "The

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Ballard Association organized artists to paint the rest of the boards on
that and surrounding blocks. Within
a few weeks, the neighborhood was
full of art," says Frumkin.
Normally, Frumkin paints far
from people. "My paper and watercolors come with me on my humanpowered adventures, small paper
tucked into my pocket on big adventures, or enormous sheets strapped
to the outside of my pack like a sail,"

she says. "I am often painting from
summits, ridges, or alpine lakes."
Now that Ascent Outdoors is open
again, some of Frumkin's painted
boards are hanging on the walls and
will be sold to help nonprofits.
Check out more of Frumkin's
work at drawntohighplaces.com and
follow her @drawntohighplaces. To
see a video by Mitch Pittman about
the creation of the Ascent Outdoors
mural, click here.

Art by Nikki Frumkin


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