University House WWII veterans share their stories

November 5, 2013

In the most inadvertent way, the St. Louis Cardinals might have saved Jack Yusen’s life during World War II.

Had Yusen not correctly identified the baseball team that won the 1944 World Series, his rescuers might have dismissed the group of USS Samuel B. Roberts survivors, taking them for the enemy.

Photos by Christina Corrales-Toy Above, Pete Peterson, of Issaquah, displays his shadowbox of medals he earned while participating in the invasions of both Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II.

Photos by Christina Corrales-Toy
Pete Peterson, of Issaquah, displays his shadowbox of medals he earned while participating in the invasions of both Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II.

“But they heard ‘St. Louis Cardinals’ and they came right to us,” Yusen said.

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University House hosts textured art exhibit

November 5, 2013

“Surface Treatment,” a new exhibit that focuses on textured art and trompe l’oeil technique, is open to the public through the end of the year at University House Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road.

The exhibit is headlined by Seattle-based artist Mark O’Connell, an Emilio Pucci Design Scholarship Recipient, whose prized work has toured with Teatro Zinzani and helped nonprofits like PONCHO fund established and emerging art organizations.

By Mark O’Connell  Seattle artist Mark O’Connell was inspired to paint the portraits of his grandparents who raised him after they passed away. He did the portraits of Helen and Daniel from photos of their wedding day.

By Mark O’Connell
Seattle artist Mark O’Connell was inspired to paint the portraits of his grandparents who raised him after they passed away. He did the portraits of Helen and Daniel from photos of their wedding day.

O’Connell displays three key pieces including “Helen,” a portrait of his grandmother, and “Daniel,” a portrait of his grandfather. The individual grandparent portraits were painted from a photo taken on their wedding day.

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