Tom Pickerel remembered as artist and planner
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Tom Pickerel remembered as artist and planner

Over the course of his career, Tom Pickerel drew many images of Roslyn including this downtown scene. Tom Pickerel captures the image of the historic Ellensburg Train Depot at night in this pen and ink drawing. As an artist Tom Pickerel had an eye for the overlooked, the abandoned, the disappearing traces of history. His pen and ink drawings captured these images whether a hard-to-believe-it’s-still-standing garage in a Roslyn alley in the 1970s or night falling on a depot that had last heard the whistle of a passenger train decades ago. As a professional planner Pickerel worked to preserve the heritage of the county whether it was agricultural or forest land or the divide between the urban and the rural. Pickerel died on Aug. 10 at his home in Ellensburg, leaving behind a wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a host of friends and a lifetime of artistic creations hanging in homes across the city, county and region. To a certain degree he also had a hand in leaving the landscape of Kittitas County that people continue to enjoy today. Pickerel was the Kittitas County Planner at a time of significant transition in the county in the 1970s to early 1990s […]

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