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Sharky's Souvenir Shop sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Normally this would be the part where I tell you all about the souvenir shop with the giant shark’s head I found on the Washington coast—but I think I’ll just let the pictures do their job. Instead, I wanted to let you know that Sharky here has joined 29 more of his roadside brethren on some good old-fashioned gallery walls—in my new solo exhibit that has just opened! If you’re local, here are the details:

Drawn the Road Again: Roadside Attractions sketched by Chandler O’Leary
On display through October 25, 2014
Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library
1102 Tacoma Ave. South, Tacoma, WA
Reception: Thursday, October 16, 4 to 5:30 pm

Sharky's Souvenir Shop sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Since I know many of you are not local, and won’t see the show in person, I thought I’d turn this blog over to the theme of roadside attractions, from now until the end of the exhibit. You’ll see a lot of what’s in the exhibit—plus a few extra goodies that are only online. I’ve been saving some of my favorite sketches for the occasion—I hope you’ll like them, too.

Sharky's Souvenir Shop sketch by Chandler O'Leary

So grab some popcorn, and get ready for some serious concrete n’ fiberglass. Tacoma folks, hope to see you in the flesh—just look out for sharks!

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Comments (5)

  1. DJ

    Love this trio of drawings! I’ve never been here before – although I’ve been to many places in Washington. Road trip!
    Keep drawing…
    Cheers, DJ Starr (San Francisco)

  2. Shelby

    I love your work. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of printing press is pictured on the Anagram Press site and where I might find more information about it.

    1. Chandler O'Leary Post author

      Thanks, Shelby. I’m not sure which press you’re thinking of, exactly (there are several photos like that on my other site), but it is likely a Vandercook cylinder press over at my friend Jessica’s studio, Springtide Press ( If you’re looking for general information about the types of presses that are out there, I’d recommend the Letterpress Commons website. They have a “virtual museum” of many different types of presses: . Hope this helps!

    1. Chandler O'Leary Post author

      Thanks! And yeah, I know about the Pistachio in Alamogordo—still haven’t seen it yet, though! When I was down there, we only had time to do either the Pistachio or go through Roswell. I picked Roswell, but I kinda wish I’d picked the Pistachio! Ah, well…a reason to return.

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