Food & Drink: Artist is chalking up a satisfying sideline
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Food & Drink: Artist is chalking up a satisfying sideline

Heather Anderson with her work at Thatcher’s. Rachel Pinsky Heather Anderson’s work at Thatcher’s. Rachel Pinsky Rachel Pinsky If you eat, drink, work out or get your teeth cleaned in Vancouver, chances are you have seen artwork by Heather Anderson (aka Heather the Chalkboard Artist). Like many of the great careers your high school guidance counselor didn’t mention (mushroom foraging instructor, “Star Wars” re-enactor and beer blogger), becoming a chalkboard artist is something that just happens. Eight years ago, when Anderson moved to Vancouver from Whitefish, Mont., she got a job at Thatcher’s Coffee. The cafe had a chalkboard artist who wrote a small quote on the large chalkboard at the back of the coffee shop. After six months, Anderson got tired of looking at the same undersized quote every day. “Quotes are hard, because people read them once and they’re done with them,” Anderson said. “It was driving me crazy.” When her boss, Jamie Erdman, went on vacation, she took decisive action. “It was really hard, because it’s huge,” Anderson said of the board. “Then she got back and asked if I wanted to try it again.” Anderson’s first drawings were small pictures of coffee. She has since […]

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